Thursday, April 16, 2009

Keeneland Catch-up

* With 5 seconds(Rebellion and Kurbat in stakes) from 11 starts at Keeneland, it's starting to sound eerily similar to Keeneland fall. Where's the racing luck? So the horses were running well then and are running well now, the difference is the summer is upon us, instead the winter. I'll take where we're at!

* Better Talk Now breezed 6-furlongs in 1:19 over the yielding Keeneland turf this morning in prep for his return to the races.

* Sweet Tune is 10-minutes from her race as I type. is clutch! Especially when you're TVG-less.

* Tomorrow we have action throughout the day. Larry Johnson's Mizz Magician is going in the first race, making her second start. She ran well in her debut going 5 1/2 on the Laurel turf. She'll stretch out to 7-furlongs tomorrow.

Namcook Stables LLC's Slam Dunk is entered in the 7th race. He's half of a coupled entry with the Kiaran McLaughlin trainee, Big Stick. Slam Dunk has ran well in his two Santa Anita starts (both thirds) since being transferred to Graham.

Winsome Ways is scheduled for tomorrow's 8th. Boy this is a tough allowance race. A couple stake winners sprinkled in there, including a Grade I winner. Welcome to Keeneland!

The 9th race is the Doubledogdare, a Grade III over the poly track. Both Drop A Line and Sefroua are entered for tomorrow's stake. Drop A Line finds herself in the thick of things every time she goes. She's always close. She dead-heated Awesome Ashley (also entered for the Doubledogdare) at Keeneland last April.

Sefroua is making her third U.S start and is still somewhat of an unknown. Her pedigree is out of this world. She's by Kingmambo, out of Sophisticat, who is a daughter of the champion Serena's Song. Sefroua ran very well in her stateside debut (third in the GIII Nobel Damsel at Belmont) and then solidly against GI company in the fall. She broke her maiden in France at Friday's distance of 1 1/16 miles.

* Exercise rider Vicki King's 'Chevy SUV' Bold Abbott finds himself in a short field, finally, on Saturday. His last couple tries he has found himself on the outside of big allowance fields. Saturday he'll break from the rail on the poly track. The poly is a new surface for him, but his sire Mizzen Mast's offspring seem to handle everything.

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