Sunday Funday – Free Selections Keeneland

by Ed Meyer

posted on April 24, 2022 in Free Picks and Tips, Handicapping, Horse Racing, | Comments Off on Sunday Funday – Free Selections Keeneland

It is a thing of beauty when you get to make a trek down to Keeneland. From the drive down enjoying the beauty of the spring to walking past the ancient Sycamore in the paddock. – Words will never do it justice. But, for this handicapper it will be a day well-spent in the bucolic setting. Here are my selections for the day as I glance out my window as the sun is shining brightly in Kentucky. The weather forecast is sunny in the ’80s. – Wish me luck!


Keeneland / Sunday



#5 – John’s Protege (2-1) = 2nd off the layoff as a beaten favorite at Turfway for Wesley Ward who is winning at 27%. Johnny Velasquez in the saddle and they are winning 27% as a team. He drops in class off his last race and gets more distance as he is a closing type. Use with the #3 and #7.



#11 – Stavanger (7-2) = late runner by Street Sense for Brendan Walsh and B.J. Hernandez. – Plenty of early foot to get him in gear when the spin for home.



#3 – Hi Deff (6-1) =  Eddie Keaneally trainee caught a speed favoring pace two back. Overall, the turf plays to closers and he’ll get his shot when the real running begins.



#8 – Exulting (9-5) = Ships in from Oaklawn Park for Mike Maker and Tyler Gaffalione. – Stalking type and should get a good trip staying out of traffic and making a big move on the turn. Use with the #4, and #7.


Race #5

#4 – Kestenna (6-1) = Previously trained by John Gosden and Edward Vaughn handles the duties today. Has a sharp work, blinkers off, and comes off a five-month layoff from Lingfield. Lasix may be a big help in today’s race.



#7 – Fabricate (2-1) = Ships in from GP and is a long-range closer. Irad Ortiz is in the saddle and he wins 27% with his closing-style horses.



#6 – Turned Aside (10-1) = Comes off a four-month layoff for Mark Casse and Luis Saez. Drops down in class and owns some nice works.


Race #8

#11 – Guest Speaker (9-2) = 2nd off a layoff for Brad Cox and Irad Ortiz and he showed a good turn of late speed beaten as the chalk. 2nd off the payoff yields a 28% win clip for the barn.



#2 – Petrichor (5-1) = Coming off a 7-month break shipping over from France.  This daughter of Frankel (GB) is 3/4 ITM over the sod and has faced G3 company. Bill Mott wins 17% with new runners and Joel Rosario in the saddle. Toss her last race and you’ll see some late action on the tote board today.


Burgoo, a Maker’s Mark cigar, and scenery to the max. – What more could a horseplayer ask for? – Wish me luck!