Free Selections / Keeneland / Blue Grass Card

It was 1982, and I was sitting in our living room. There was no live TV coverage, and simulcast was about 15-years away. Everyday that Keeneland ran, you could catch the feature race on radio. The late-great Caywood Ledford was painting the picture of horses loading into the gates, and I could feel the hair stand up on my neck. At the end of the 1:48 time of the race, my runner could only muster a fast closing second to Linkage with Bill Shoemaker in the irons. That was my first Blue Grass Stakes, and since that day I have been in love with this race, and the history that surrounds the day.

 

Keeneland

The weather forecast calls for clear and sunny skies, and high of 55 degrees.

 

Race #3 – Mdn Sp Wt – 1 1/16 – 2:05 p.m. ET

#8 – Apex  = Joel Rosario in the irons for trainer Bill Mott. They are winning at a 33% clip as a team. This is a speedy gelding stretching out for a powerhouse barn. Catch him if you can!

 

Race #4 – Alw $64,000 – 1 1/8 – 2:35 p.m. ET

#6 – Treasury Devil = Rosario in the saddle for Christophe Clement. Strikes the 3rd off the layoff move, and is shipping in from Gulfstream Park. The barn wins 32% with the layoff move, and worked a bullet at Payson park before being shipped to Lexington.

 

Race #6 – (G-3) Commonwealth Stakes – 7f – 3:35 p.m. ET

#6 – Handsome Mike = Mario Gutierrez up for Doug O’Neill. They drop in class from the (G-1) ranks, and cut back in distance. I like the “California” connections, and I am looking for a stalking trip from the tandem that won the Derby last year.

 

Race #7 – (G-3) Shakertown Stakes – 5 1/2f on the turf – 4:05 p.m. ET

#2 – Hogy = Chris Emigh in the driver’s seat for Scott Becker (27%). In 2013, they have teamed 36 times, and have been ITM 24 times. 2nd time off the layoff, and is 3/3 on the weeds. The bullet work adds confidence, and I will use the E-Z Win Forms to find value to surround my runner.

 

Race #8 – (G-1) Madison Stakes – 7f – 4:35 p.m. ET

#3 – Holiday for Kitten = Elvis Trujillo gets the nod for the red-hot Wesley Ward barn (27%). 3/3 ITM at Keeneland, and her last race at Presque Isle is a “key race.” Four runners exited that event to come back to find glory.

 

Race #9 – (G-1) Jenny Wiley Stakes – 1 1/16 on the turf – 5:05 p.m. ET

#6 – Samitar = Javier Castellano in the saddle for Chad Brown. They have been winning at a 28% clip as team this past month. Centre Court has bested her three times, and Castellano looks for a little payback. 2nd off the shelf, and if you go back and watch the QE II last year, she was flying late outside of runners.

 

Race #10 – (G-1) Bluegrass Stakes – 1 1/8 – 5:40 p.m. ET

This is one of the last chances to get a spot in the starting gates in Louisville. It should be exciting, as every runner will be bringing their “A” game.

#9 – Tesseron = Alan Garcia gets the call for Josie Carroll. This son of Tapit relished the synthetic at Woodbine, and exits a “key race” on 2/23. There have been 5 starters that have come back with 2 wins, 1 second, 1 third, and a fourth on the turf at Keeneland on Wednesday.

#11 – Balance the Books = Gets the services of Javier Castellano for Chad Brown. 4/5 ITM lifetime, and makes his 2nd start as a three-year-old. Toss out that last race as it was his first start in 2013.

#5 – Palace Malice = Garrett Gomez in the irons for Todd Pletcher. His last race was a brutal trip, and was blocked, and checked repeatedly. He was moving like  winner, and trouble found him in the Louisiana Derby. Toss out the race… With a cleaner trip, he should be able to give a better showing.

 

There is a glimpse of the action in Lexington, Kentucky. The weather was wet on Thursday, and Friday started clearing with cooler temperatures. I see a perfect spring day on tap, and be sure to get your E-Z Win Forms in hand. They always uncover that nugget of value that makes your day a winner!

2 Responses to “Free Selections / Keeneland / Blue Grass Card”

  1. bigboe101 says:

    Who ever is handicapping my home track of keeneland in Lexington KY should stop handicapping. He missed everything on Bluegrass Day even the easy ones. Please don’t handicap Keeneland again. Thanks

  2. Ed Meyer says:

    Big Boe –

    As horse players, we have good and bad days. We always welcome any input, hot-horses, or angles to play.

    Sharing info is what makes our sport fun. Three more days of Keeneland, and be sure to drop us a line with any potential winners.

    Thanks.

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