04/08/2017 11:39AM

Peck: Keeneland pick five for Saturday, April 8


It's a solid card at Keeneland on Saturday, and the pick-five sequence is comprised of the day’s best races.

RACE 6: YOCKEY'S WARRIOR impressed in that last win at Oaklawn. REDESDALE benefited from the race flow in his last, but he does have competitive figures, and he worked well in the interim. A. P. INDIAN gets back to seven furlongs and seems to land in a good spot in terms of pace; solid works for his seasonal debut. AWESOME SLEW cuts back and could be the main stretch threat if the pace is on the quick side.

A's: 4, 8
B's: 5, 9

RACE 7: GREEN MASK was just a length behind HOGY in that quickly run stakes race at Fair Grounds last time, and his early speed should again mean he's in a good spot from the start today. The latter is a professional turf sprinter who is clearly in top form. JUSTIN SQUARED is the main speed, and he can steal this if able to get loose in the opening stages. PARTLY MOCHA beat HOGY two back and then repeated in his return in game fashion; ultra consistent.

A's: 4
B's: 3, 7, 8

RACE 8: Siding with the speeds in the Madison, which seems a little light on pace. KATHBALLU comes out of abbreviated sprints but has had success at this distance. CONSTELLATION exits consecutive races where a plethora of early speed set things up for the closers, yet she held gamely late. PAULASSILVERLINING not only has some early zip, but she's also been training very well toward this return.

A's: 3, 4, 6

RACE 9: SOMEDAY SOON has speed and the rail, and that could be a huge edge given the uncertain race flow in the Ashland; the Beyer she posted in that optional-claiming win two back is good enough to win this. ELATE was hurt by a slow start in the Honeybee, but she surely has license to improve today with a clean getaway, especially considering the relative lack of speed in the field.

A's: 1, 2

RACE 10: Using both main favorites in the Blue Grass, as MCCRAKEN and TAPWRIT are logical off their success in Tampa this winter. Both, however, come off favorable race flows and could regress in a race where they figure to be behind mild splits. IRAP is a maiden, but he could be in ideal position to steal it as the main speed against this short field, sporting a Beyer Speed Figure three back that gives him credibility. WILD SHOT was behind the two favorites at Tampa, but he can be expected to be more involved in the early stages today, as he had success last year when asked to stay closer to the pace; reunited with Corey Lanerie.

A's: 5
B's: 2, 4, 6