As spring was ushered in with the 15-day meeting at Keeneland racecourse, players from around the country counted each passing race, as they went by so quickly. It was wet this season, and the action in the bluegrass vanished into the cool Kentucky rain.
I made it down to see the splendor. It was one of the rare sunny days of the meet. But, the racing gods are going to smile on closing day as a beautiful spring day is in store.
So what better way to celebrate as a horse player than to toss out a few plays that need a hard look before going to the window.
Race #2 – #6 – Chinook Wind (5-2)
J.J Castellano in the saddle for trainer Roger Attfield (27%). They have hooked up to win 30% the last few months, and this gal is making her third start off a layoff. She is stretching out from 1 1/16 to 1 3/16ths. I saw her last race and she was boxed in at the top of the lane and steadied. I think she will relish the extra distance and has traveled over soft and good courses in Great Britain.
Race #4 – #7 – Sweet Moonbeam – (2-1)
This is the last of the 4 1/2 f races of the season in Lexington. She ran an even 4th place going 2 1/2 at Gulfstream Park, and since then has traveled to Kentucky, and comes in as the beaten favorite. Trainer Wes Ward wins 30% on this move, and Jeffrey Sanchez has had a sweet meet winning 33%. This kid can horseback, and ever since Breeders’ Cup Day, we have had hopes that he will move up the ladder.
Race #5 -#1 – Iwannaiwannaiwanna- (4-1)
Ken McPeek and Alan Garcia hook up, and they have done good things. I bet her good last out, and she did not disappoint. They were going the 1 1/16th finish which is the short stretch. On this day, she breaks from the golden rail, and gets an extra 1/8th to work with. Garcia should have her placed right, and make it two wins on this guy.
Race #8- #5 – Starlight Starbright – (8-5)
Thom Amoss (27%) is having a great meet! This gal makes her 3rd start off a layoff, and he wins 32% on this roll. Goes from turf to poly, and Amoss has the place clocked. I don’t say this very often, but I have been betting him in the blind this meet, and he has won 3 from 11 starts. Blazing speed, and dropping from the 60k Bienville at Fair Grounds to OC territory is a good deal.
Race #9 – The G-2 Elkhorn Stakes – #11 Musketier (5-2)
You don’t see many 11 post runners at 5-2. He makes his 3rd race off a layoff, and Roger Attfield is winning at 27%. Johnny V is in the saddle, and has given two solid efforts in a row. Add in a bullet work, and is 3/4 ITM at Keeneland and you have a runner to wager.
Best of luck !