04/20/2006 11:00PM

Keeneland stakes preview for April 22


Race 7
5 1/2 Furlongs (Turf)
The Giant's Causeway
Fillies and Mares
Purse $100,000.

Turf sprints are often intriguing races to handicap, and the Giant's Causeway on Saturday at Keeneland looks to be a great betting race. Unbridled Sidney has only run twice since last August, but she earned a triple-digit Beyer Speed Figure in her 2005 debut off the bench, and her early speed should have her clear of any trouble going into the turn. She'll have to deal with fellow pace runner Very Vegas, but is working swiftly for an excellent layoff trainer in Ronny Werner. She'll be prominent when they turn for home, and should contend for win honors.

Bright Gold is a stakes-winner over this course and distance, and she has a visually-impressive burst of speed going into the turns of her sprints. She flattened out a bit under 124 lbs. two back, but received a nice dirt prep for this at Laurel, and should be charging hard in the stretch.

Gilded Gold bested Bright Gold in that Laurel turf sprint to end her 2005 campaign, and her tactical speed coupled with an outside post may lead to a nice stalking trip with the possibility of gaining first run on the pacesetters. The daughter of Gilded Time may have found her niche going short on the grass, and is certainly usable in this spot.


1. Unbridled Sidney

2. Bright Gold

3. Gilded Gold

Race 9
1 1/16 Miles
The Coolmore Lexington (Grade 2)
Purse $325,000.

Both Like Now and Showing Up were being pointed to the Wood Memorial for their final Kentucky Derby prep, but minor problems knocked them out of that race. Instead, they'll try their luck in the Lexington at Keeneland on Saturday. Showing Up, an unbeaten son of Strategic Mission trained by Barclay Tagg, likely will be favored, but he drifted out a bit entering the turn of his allowance win at Gulfstream, and has subsequently been battling foot problems.

Like Now shocked Keyed Entry and next-out Illinois Derby winner Sweetnorthernsaint at 36-1 in the Gotham, but he was drifting out in the stretch drive that day, and may not find an easy lead in the Lexington.

Greeley's Legacy will have to rally from off-the-pace on the usually speed-favoring Keeneland oval, but he earned a 103 Beyer Speed Figure when bogged down inside in the Gotham, and may not have appreciated the slop he faced in the Wood Memorial. He will get plenty of pace to attack, and if the track is playing fairly, can pull off the upset.

If speed is playing well, then Fast Parade should be given a long look. Although he hasn't raced since early March, and has never gone two turns, Fast Parade may be the speed of the speed, and could attempt a similar theft as Sinister Minister accomplished last week in the Blue Grass.


1. Greeley's Legacy

2. Like Now

3. Showing Up