What a nice race for the final Sunday of Keeneland Spring. It’s the Ben Ali a Grade 3 sporting some top talent including the favorite Wise Dan (7-5), that’s going to be a very tough out.

Normally we’d look to beat highweights (spotting 5 pounds to the field) making the first start of the year especially at short odds.

But when they’re fastest on performance figures sport higher graded credentials, love the surface, attracts Johnny Velazquez and make their seasonal debut for Charlie Lopresti, a worthy 32% profitable with 90 day-plus layoffs, it’s reasonable to expect a strong effort, even in a layup situation.

Need more convincing? Wise Dan has had two starts at 9 furlongs, and won them both. Further, it is widely believed that geldings come into their own physically at 5. Happy birthday to all.

Taking Wise Dan to win with no price restrictions and keying him in multiples with Guys Reward (10-1)-Romans profitable going turf to synthetics-and the sharp working Ioya Big Time (10-1). Super exotic players can add distance loving Cease (3-1) to the mix.

Running Totals: (1065) 327-209-158 Total Dollar Return: $2,255.60 [win selections only]