By Aaron Hayes (@AHaze24 on Twitter)
Race 1. 1 1/16 Mile. MC 50000 Purse $29,000
(3) Big Blue Magic has shown the ability to race on the front end. Without much speed, I wont be surprised if he’s on the lead. That’s probably the best spot from a tactical point with these maidens.
(6) Le Fee Verte closed from well off the pace to get 2nd place at Oaklawn in his last start despite having a bad start.
(5) Spann Lane ran evenly at Turfway in his only. He looks to improve with a decent workout under his belt.
Race 2. 1 1/8 Mile. OC n1x Purse $76,000
(5) Ruler Of The Nile was an impressive winner in his debut at Tampa. He received a 93 Bris speed rating and won by 7 ¼ lengths. Look for Johnny V to sit close to the pace and make his move heading into the stretch.
(6) Caymans Cobra will more than likely have the lead with Gabriel Saez aboard. He lead all the way until late in the stretch in his last race. He returns back to dirt where he broke his maiden 2 races back.
(7) Penalty won his debut at Gulfstream going 7F. It was a game effort as he rallied from right off the pace and won by ¾ of a length.
Race 3. 6½ Furlongs Clm 20000 n2L Purse $23,000
(10) Risky Town has shown speed and cuts back in distance. This class dropper had a nice workout on April 5th
(3) Entertainer drops in class and get an upgrade to Joel Rosario
(4) Blarney closed to be 2nd in his last start. Should be forwardly placed
Race 4. 1Mile OC n2x Purse $78,000
(1) Bee Jersey is 2 for 3 on US soil with a wire to wire win at a mile distance at Oaklawn. He received a 99 Bris speed rating in his 6 length romp. Expect Javier Castellano to use the rail to his advantage and wire this field.
(2) Han Sense stepped up in class in his last start but didn’t fair too well finishing 16 lengths from the winner. He gets Jose Ortiz aboard and should have a golden trip right behind the leader.
(5) Icatiro will be facing tougher but has a running style that can suit him well in this race. With speed to his inside, he can sit right off the leaders and pounce on them coming down the stretch.
Race 5. 1 Mile (Turf) Alw n1x Purse $76,000
(2) Zorzor rallied from off the pace and came up short losing by a head. He shortens up in distance and gets Jose Ortiz. Brad Cox is winning at 30% on the turf.
(7) Convict Pike is coming off a 2 month layoff from Gulfstream since his last start. He has some nice workouts, including a bullet, leading up to this race. Look for him to be coming late.
(10) Extricate broke his maiden going wire to wire in a 6 horse field at 6F. If he doesn’t get the lead from the outside post, Johnny V can sit and rate off the pace.
Race 6. 1 1/16 Mile Mdn Purse $74,000
(1) Just Whistle rallied from off the pace and finished 2nd to Hofburg, who is in the Kentucky Derby. He tallied a 95 Bris speed rating while being wide throughout. Look for Joel Rosario to save ground and close into the leader.
(4) Brave Nation sat a lot closer to the lead in his last start. He had the lead in the stretch but was passed and was clearly 2nd best. Had a nice workout on April 8th going 3f in 34.3
(12) Traveling Midas is going to have to use his speed to get over if he doesn’t want to be stuck wide throughout. He has two 3rd place finishes in 3 races.
Race 7. 1 1/8 Mile G3 Ben Ali S. Purse $200,000
(6) Chip Leader is the lone speed of the race and almost wired the field in his last race at the same distance. His only draw back is that he’s 0-3 on the dirt. Johnny V links up with Todd Pletcher which is always a good combo. If he can manage this 8 time winner’s speed on the lead, it is very possible he can make it his 9th win
(2) Rafting imports in from Tampa Bay where he has had success. He stretches out to a 1 1/8 mile for the 1st time in his career. Look for him to be in a stalking position right off the lead.
(5) Rated R Superstar will do his running late as he has demonstrated a very late kick. He was last throughout, 14 lengths behind the leader, until he rallied to finish 2nd in his last race. Javier Castellano gets the assignment and can improve with him aboard.
Race 8. 5½ Furlongs (Turf) Giant’sCauseway S. Purse $100,000
(8) Lady Aurelia returns after her disappointing race in the Breeder’s Cup sprint at Del Mar. She’s been working out well for Wesley Ward in anticipation for this race. She came off a similar layoff to win this same race last year. Her class is superior to her foes and will be beneficial in her 1st race back.
(3) Morticia had a bullet workout on March 30th going 4F in 48.0. This is her 2nd start off a layoff and should be primed for a solid performance. She only has 1 finish off the board and that was her maiden debut. Look for Jose Lezcano to have her right off the leader and to finish strong down the lane.
(7) Jennifer Lynnette will be making her 2nd start off of a layoff. She has some nice workouts in preparation for this race. Julien Leparoux gets his 1st ride aboard who is quite familiar with the Keeneland turf.
Race 9. 1 1/16 Mile G3 Stonestreet Lexington S. Purse $200,000
(12) My Boy Jack is looking to get enough derby points by winning the Lexington. He has an extremely solid kick and will be coming from off the pace. He made an impressive run around the far turn but couldn’t sustain it and finished 3rd by ¾ of a length. The 1 1/16 mile should suit him best.
(6) Greyvitos is back in action since winning the Springboard Mile in December at Remington Park. A recent workout at Santa Anita should have him ready to go. He has good tactical speed and should be near the leader.
(4) Honor Up makes his 3 year old debut after breaking his maiden at Aqueduct in December. Jose Ortiz will sit slightly off the pace and will be making his move around the turn as they head for home.
Race 10. 1 1/16 Mile (Turf) G1 Coolmore Jenny Wiley S. Purse $350,000
(3) Off Limits rallied from off the pace to finish 1 ½ length off the winner in his 1st start after a layoff. He has 7 wins in 18 starts. Joel Rosario looks for their 4th win in 5 starts together
(11) Fourstar Crook won his last race from off the pace despite being off for 5 months. He most definitely has a nose for the wire with 10 wins out of 15 starts. Chad Brown’s barn has been hot and he gets Javier Castellano back aboard
(7) Sister Charlie is coming off a 9 month layoff but Chad Brown will have her ready. Her only race in America was a solid effort. She closed from last, 10 lengths off the lead, and finished 2nd by a neck. That performance gave her a 104 Bris speed rating, the highest out of this group.
Race 11. 7 Furlongs Mdn Purse $74,000
(5) Song of Mine flashed speed and dueled down the stretch and faded to finish 4th. The cut back in distance from 1 1/16 mile to 7F will be in her favor.
(7) Silla Minila received a 82 Bris speed rating in her last start. She returns back to dirt where trainer Thomas Proctor is winning at 27% when returning back to the dirt from the turf.
(10) My Sister’s Keeper ran evenly in her only start and finished 2nd. Trainer Michael Kini is winning at 21% with horses in their 2nd start.