Romagna Mia was bet down to 2/1, but was an easy winner Sunday. Although their were some juicy carryovers at Keeneland this week, the ponies weren’t popping out to Mr. Ductor. You wouldn’t want him giving out picks that he wasn’t betting like most of the internet would you? There re plenty of prices he likes today. Skip.
Race 6: 1 3/8 Mile. (T) F.Alw 110000n1x
#7 Red Hot and Blue (15/1) – This race looks wide open with the favorites looking to rebound off poor efforts. This mare has found it difficult to stay on the racetrack, but has shown ability going long on the turf. Her maiden breaker last time off the bench impressed the Conductor. She was far back behind a tepid pace and showed a strong late kick. Now 2nd off the layoff, Johnny V takes the mount for Toner as she steps up in class at Keeneland. Many of the other contenders in here will be fighting hard to get the distance, while she’ll be finishing well. Even if Red Hot and Blue isn’t good enough to win, she can hit the board at a big number.
Race 8: 1 Mile. (Turf) F. G3 Valley View Stakes
*Gullet Shot of the Day #6 Secret Money (5/1) – This filly continues to steadily progress and won with style last time. She ran a huge late pace figure that day, closing behind a slow pace. She coughed up the lead two starts back going this mile distance, but that was over a yielding turf course. The uneducated passengers will see that race and bet Surge Capacity (3/1). Us smarter passengers will happily back Secret Money here at a much better price.
Race 10: 1 1/16 Mile. (Turf) F.Mdn 100k
#9 Lauriston (8/1) – For difficult maiden races like these, we really need to lean on Mr. Ductor’s expertise. His eyes are drawn to this first time starter. Trainer Brendan Walsh is 11% with a +$0.02 ROI with 1st time turfers, so he is capable of getting a filly like this home. Her breeding screams she’s a mower and she has a sneaky strong work tab at Turfway Park. The Conductor would be surprised if Lauriston doesn’t fire a big effort in her debut.