Cool, But Comfortable [Free Selection]

by Ed Meyer

posted on October 14, 2009 in Free Picks and Tips | No Comments >>

Every day at Keeneland should be savored like a fine wine. Even when Mother Nature turns sour, we should enjoy the fleeting beauty that comes for a brief visit. I love to be there no matter what the weather. Thursday afternoon may offer a last glimpse at some talented ladies before Breeders’ Cup.

Day one of the B/C Day is all about the ladies. Last year, I wish that would have ended the card, as the gals were spectacular for me… There is a race on Thursday that may allow for a last minute tune-up for some heading to California.

Go to Race #8, and you will find the $150,000 Jessamine Stakes for two-year-old fillies. This could be a last tune-up for some fine young ladies.

I was looking at the W/P selections, and I favor a top tier runner by the name of Smart Seattle. She is number five, but could easily become number one in your heart tomorrow.

I love that she is right in the middle of the action, and that can be beneficial for young fillies. It gets her off of the rail, and that can be a bad place for such young runners. She is 2/2 on the turf ITM, and is ridden by Jeremy Rose. The filly is trained by Graham Motion, and they seem to team up well together. Both are 1/3, with a win at Keeneland so far this meet. She sports a 21.3 turf rating, and that is very solid in this field. Her speed rating for the day is 66, and owns a 71 for all of her races. So, the W/P numbers speak highly of her, and I am a believer.

She is a PA bred, and was a beaten favorite coming out of the Johnson Stakes. I like when runners break their maiden, and come up just a bit short against winners. I think she should stand to benefit from that trip and show better.

I like the way Rose rides on the weeds, and Keeneland has one of the best courses in the country. I would take a look at all tier levels to find maximum value.

They took the races off of the turf today, and the weather was damp. I would count on a good-soft turf rating, and you can change your selections up if the weather gives you a sudden blast of sunshine.  That is a very important feature as WinningPonies does not stick you with a “one size fits all” approach to the selections.