Wow, the Conductor is going to have to stop taking the train to Parx if he’s going to continue to put up goose eggs. But we know there are no other alternatives, we need our Monday and Tuesday fix. Thankfully, we get back to Lexington today, where the Conductor has dominated the Keeneland meet. Eight races, eight winners, and a train filled with loot heading into the back half of the week. Let’s Ride.
Race 1: 6 ½ Furlongs. F.MC 50000
#8 Shackleford County (5/2) – Well bet in her debut, she showed good early speed then faded late. She drops in class today and gets to run on a fast dirt track for the first time. The Conductor sees her taking it to this field.
Race 2: 1 1/16 Mile. F.MC 50000
#1 Proud Emma (8/1) – She was bumped at the start and ran a distant 4th in her debut vs tougher. She’s drawn well to the inside today, drops in class and should improve with the added distance. Trainer Phillip Sims has a +$0.58 ROI stretching horses out for the first time this year and Lanerie will ride the pine to victory.
Race 3: 5 ½ Furlongs. (Turf) F.Alw 69000n1x
*Gullet Shot of the Day #3 Girls Night (15/1) – She pressed a hot pace vs tougher going 6 ½ Furlongs at Kentucky Downs last start and still held on for 4th. She should step forward in her 2nd race off a short layoff and she’ll appreciate the cutback in distance. They Conductor is praying for her to stay a big price.
Race 4: 6 Furlongs. F.Mdn 67k
#3 Paynter Up Mauk (10/1) – She is posting absolute bullet works leading into today, including her last at 46 and change at 4 furlongs. Her dam has 3 winners from 5 starters including a stakes winner and the low-profile connections should keep her price juicy.
Race 5: 1 1/8 Mile. Clm 20000n2L
#10 Al Taweel (8/1) – This gelding’s last start was much better than it looks on paper. He showed good early speed, faced some trouble and dropped back, then rallied and finished strong. He’s working well and has a win going 1 ¼ Mile, where most of these other runners haven’t shown they can run this far. He’s a must use.
Race 6: 1 3/16 Mile. (Turf) F.Alw 69000n1x
#1 Kallio (4/1) – In a race without any pace, she should be able to work out a comfortable trip on, or near the lead. In her last race, she pressed a hot pace and was still able to hang on at this distance. A repeat effort wins this race.
Race 7: 7 Furlongs. OC 80000n3x
*Never a Doubt Etched in Stone Lock of the Day #6 Hot Shot Kid (3/1) – This 4-year-old continues to steadily improve, and the Conductor loves his chances today. He was routing at this level last time and just came up short, running a solid 2nd. Cutting back to a sprint he possess the early speed to dictate his own trip and the stamina to finish.
Race 8: 1 1/16 Mile. (Turf) Mdn 67k
#2 St Denman (7/2) – He crossed the wire 1st in his last start, but he was placed 2nd by DQ. Don’t be selfish Keeneland, let this boy break his maiden.