If you’re planning on playing Keeneland Saturday, bring money, especially you horizontal types. Or you can make it easier on yourself with five rolling doubles.
But if you prefer something a lot more risque; there’s the $1 Pick 6 starting with the G2 Appalachian or a $500,000 Pick 5 guarantee launched by the G1 Madison. No?
Well, then, there’s the G2 Shakertown Pick 4 with it’s guaranteed $500,000 pool. Still no interest? Then how about the Late Pick 4 commencing with the G1 Ashland–but you’re on your own there; no more guaranteed money.
Finally a graded late double combining the G1 Jenny Wiley into the G2 Blue Grass. And, just askin’ for myself: How the hell can this legendary three year old fixture remain a Grade 2?!
Race 4: After winning all four lifetime starts, Alms (6-5) drew post 12 vs. a dozen rivals in a prep for this. She broke flat-footed and was a one-paced fifth thereafter.
Today, it’s five rivals with a switch Joel Rosario. We’ll take her to make amends as most probable and Evil Lyn (6-1) as the best value.
Race 5: Sally’s Curlin (10-1), Guarana (1-1), Mia Mischief (3-1) and Bell’s the One (6-1) can all win this. This being Keeneland we’ll err on the side of tactical speed:
Guarana is the most probable winner off her 2020 return but the good Mia Mischief would offer value; forget her last, she finished up like a filly short of condition.
Race 6: The Shakertown at 5-1/2 furlongs on turf attracted 15 entrants and any one of seven can win it. We’re narrowing our choices down to three:
Extravagant Kid (6-1) usually breaks well, has drawn the rail with Joel, is tactical but can finish up; very consistent sort.
Fast Boat is in “super” hands and has two races on the page that can win this. Lienster (12-1) was hurt by the wide draw but unlikely to encounter trouble, Tyler is a plus.
Race 7: Venetian Harbor (6-5) was a bit of a runoff when second to Swiss Skywalker at Oaklawn, not a friendly track to run off on and it was, after all, the division leader that beat her.
Bonny South (5-1) is not as fast but is going in the right direction developmentally; of the late runners she can offer value, has Johnny, and is 3-for-3 at the trip.
Race 8: This is Rushing Fall (6-5) against the world; appears a layover. Should she do her job, we’d prefer it if Juliet Foxtrot (8-1) completed the exacta, and perhaps Secret Message (15-1) might sneak into the exotics.
Race 9: Swiss Skywalker (3-1) is more than capable of making history. Our only concern is for the filly’s cross-country travel; five pounds will come in handy. The key to this, but no single.
Basin (8-1) chased Charlatan throughout the Arkansas Derby, a good second with strong workline since. Enforceable (10-1) owns the best late kick but it must be timed perfectly. Many strong drills since and Joel knows how to time the big late kickers.