Well Saturday was certainly not what the Ductor ordered. A chalk fest left him scrounging the couch creases for spare change. Keeneland can be a fickle beast, but the Conductor will not waiver. Time to finish the weekend with a bang. Skip.
Race 4: 1 Mile. (Turf) F.Alw 140000b
#3 Gam’s Mission (3/1) – Despite the small field this race should have quick pace with the other contenders vying for the early lead. This mare looks to get a dream trip and gets a rider upgrade to Gaffalione as well. 3/1 would be generous in a six horse field.
Race 5: 6½ Furlongs. OC 80000n2x
#2 Top of the Charts (8/1) – This gelding showed real talent in his first two starts last year before something went wrong. Making his first start as a 4-year-old today, he will beat this group if he’s developed over the winter. He’s working well and trainer Brian Lynch has them ready to roll off the bench. Lynch is 18% with a +$0.34 ROI this year with starters returning after 90+ day breaks.
Race 7: 5½ Furlongs. (Turf) Palisades Stakes
#4 Crispy Cat (8/1) – He showed the Conductor real grit last time when he was on the inside dueling the 4/5 favorite and turned him away. The extra 1/2 furlong is going to be scary, but he’ll have the jump on this field and this Keeneland turf course is favoring speed. C’mon Mr. Cat. Fry them!
Race 8: 7 Furlongs. F.G2 Beaumont Stakes
#4 Interpolate (9/2) – She’s steadily progressing and ran a huge late pace figure last time closing behind a slow pace. She looks to get a better trip today with a hot pace to run at. The Conductor thinks #7 Key of Life (1/1) is a very vulnerable favorite. She has yet to try this distance or win when she hasn’t gotten the early lead, which she wont today.