Big Weekend [Free Selections]

by Ed Meyer

posted on October 8, 2009 in Free Picks and Tips | No Comments >>

Players all around the country have been waiting for the Fall Stars weekend at Keeneland. It not only kicks off the meet, but it offers a last chance for some wanting to make the short list of players on Breeders’ Cup Day.

Put away the pressure, and we have a couple of runners to look at on opening day. Rain has been falling, and you can expect it all weekend.

Go to Race #8 and gander at #7 Fatal Bullet (2-1).

Eurico Da Silva is in the irons for Reade Baker. They team up to win 21% of the time together, and this son of Red Bullet loves synthetic surfaces going 10/10 ITM. I saw him on Kentucky Cup day last year, and Baker had a world of confidence in his runner. He is a real speedy gelding, and can lose them if he wants. The drop to G-2 company can be a help against this field, and a runner needs all of the help they can get at this level. The synthetic surface should be tight from the rain, and the usual closer from the clouds may have to wait a few days. I would use him in Exactas with: #4 Capt Candyman Can and #6 Past the Point.

Proceed to Race #9 which would be the G-1 Alcibiades. This race comes up tough and you may want to box a couple in here. I would use #3 She Be Wild (3-1) and #9 Amen Hallelujah (6-1).

She Be Wild is trained by the “King of Chicago” Wayne Catalano. She is undefeated, and makes her third start off a layoff. All runners this year have run well coming from Chicago. Garrett Gomez is the driver today, and he knows his way around the Keeneland oval. Look for a great stalking trip, and an extension of a perfect record.

I would definitely not overlook Amen Hallelujah – 3/4 ITM lifetime, and Miguel Mena for Dutrow should be a good addition. I would look for a nice speed or just off trip. This gal comes from a dam that is 100% with her two-year-olds. Not bad, and factor in a three-off the layoff comeback.

So, rain is in the forecast. Don’t let it dampen your spirits as this should be a great three days in Kentucky.