Just two days left in the 2017 Keeneland Fall Meet, and if you have not taken the chance to visit the historic oval in Lexington, then do yourself a favor and take advantage of these last two chances to find live racing in Central Kentucky for this year.  Here is a closer look at today’s card:

1st: 1-7-6-3-9-2-5…Kahramani (1) was away from the track for about 10 months when he reemerged for the first time in he barn of little known trainer Richard Castillo.  He won on Sept. 22 at Belterra in Cincinnati, making a nice closing kick from his stalking position to pull away with an impressive MSW win.  Will face winners and much tougher today, and that warrants a question.  But this one did run well in the past for Todd Pletcher and looks like he may be ready to resume that style of running. Perro Rojo (7) made a nice run at Belmont Park in his last outing for trainer Nick Zito.  Closed furiously to get third in that one.  Will need some luck finding the right opening today, but not facing world beaters, either. Opportunity Cost (6) has run two good ones in a row on the grass at Indy for trainer Brendan Walsh.  Now moves up after breaking the maiden and moves back to dirt, where the trainer wins with .21% of surface changes. Still, this one has yet to hit the board in 3 tries on fast dirt. King of All Media (3) has hit the board in 6 of 14 races and nearly pulled off a win in his last try, closing to finish third and beaten just 3/4 length on the turf at Indy.  Switches back to the dirt today, where he has never won and has never hit the board in 4 tries on fast dirt. That is what kind of race this is. I bet the 1 to win/place/show and then box the top 3 numbers in one exacta and then key the top 3 over the rest in another. Wide open affair.

2nd: 7-6-1-5…Oso Ready (7) made a nice run in his first try for a new trainer in his last outing.  Will try the same condition again today and a similar effort may be good enough in this spot. Jockey has hit the board in only 1 of 17 mounts this meet. Hmmmm. Uncle Jerry (6) takes the huge class plunge after being idle in the afternoons since January. Hasn’t had a win since breaking his maiden in September of 2015.  Hmmmm. Flatter the Queen (1) and Preemptive Strike (1A) go for trainer Ben Colebrook, and both warrant a strong look in this field. I bet the 7 to win/place/show and then box the top 3 choices. I tread lightly.

3rd: 2-7-6-1-12-9-11…If the #13 draws in, I think you have to consider her strongly.  If not…I land on Enrage (2), another from the barn of Colebrook. This one spit the bit about midway through her last run, but had a nice try against repeat winner Sultry in her debut. Warrants another shot in this spot, where she gets her first class drop. More Monique (7) stretches out a bit and converts to traditional dirt surface today. She ran ok through quick fractions in the debut, but should benefit from the try. Joanie’s Crush (6) goes for a trainer that knows how to win races. This will be her career debut, but the trainer hits with .21% of those. Chance here. I bet the 2 to win/place/show and then box the top 3 choices.

4th: 8-10-7-3-6-9…Keep an eye out to see if the #13 draws into this one, as well. If not…She’s Got a Shot (8) has hit the board in each of her last 5 tries and has 2 seconds and 3 thirds in 8 lifetime starts. Winner of the last race has come back to win and this one takes another class plunge today. Shot. French Oak (10) has 2 seconds in 4 career starts and has been on the turf for 3 of the 4 outings. Tries dirt for only the second time, but did run 2nd on it at Indy two back. Many Waters (7) gets a huge class drop from the barn of Wesley Ward.  If she doesn’t run better today, then they had better close the books on this one. I bet the 8 to win/place/show and then box the top 3 choices.

5th: 7-1-3-2-12-10-11…Keep an eye out to see if the 2B draws in…If not…I go with Our Girl Abby (7), but has been real consistent absent the two turf tries. Broke her maiden by over 5 in her last out and should like the crowd she hangs out with again today.  The addition of blinkers five back has certainly helped. Pushy Girl (1) ran fourth to a real good one in Pure Praise three back.  Converts to real dirt for the first time today and may take off with the surface switch. Traum’s Dream (3) is another moving up after a maiden victory. Switches to dirt for this one, and looks to be training well, too. I bet the 7 to win/place/show and then box the top 3 choices.

6th: 12-8-10-9-7-6-3…Keep an eye out to see if the #13 gets in from the AE list in this one.  If not…I go with High North (12), who hails from the barn of trainer Brad Cox.  This one bobbled at the start in his last and still ran on to get second. Has trained super well since the last race and should not mind the outside post with enough tactical speed to escape the traffic going into the first turn. The break is the key for this one today. Victory Lane (8) goes for a hot barn here and gets the blinkers for the first time. Went 5 wide in his last, and still made a nice move at the end. Watch out for this one today. Cove Blue (1) was bet down to favoritism in his career debut and he ran well for a half. Should benefit from that effort and deserves a big shot in this one.  I bet the 12-10 across the board each and then box those 2 strongly.  I then key the 12-10 over the rest of the numbers in another exacta.

7th: 5-1-4-3-8…Kasaqui (5) is my Best Bet of the Day. Comes into this one off a nice stakes effort at Arlington Park and he has a win over this turf. This true closer figures to get plenty of speed up front to chase into and should be closing at the right time. Dragon Bay (1) and Sir Dudley Digges (4) both have a shot. I bet the 5 to win/place/show and then key the 5 over/under all the rest listed.

8th: 5-1-12-3-11-9…Watch to see if the #15 & #14 draw in.  If not…I really like Covenant (5) for trainer Bill Mott here. Ran two good ones in a row and then was shoved into a spirited Stakes event at Churchill for the last. Was burned up in the early going of that one, but settles back down to allowance company today and should be ready to roll again. Annathela (1) and Golden Domer (12) both have a legit shot, as well. I bet the 5 to win/place/show and then box the top 3 choices in one exacta and then key those 3 over the others in another.

9th: 2-1A-10-4-3…Moneigh Moproblems (2) has not been out since February, but was gelded some time since then. Looks to be training quite nicely for the return effort and has faced some tougher ones than these in the previous two tries. Gets the turf for the first time for a sneaky good trainer, who does quite well with grass specialists. This one may be tough in this spot today. Wazzup Chuck (1A) and his entry mate, Broomhill (1) both warrant a look in this spot, especially the former. Ran very well for much of the last effort before tiring late. Should benefit from that exercise, which was his first try on the grass. Son of Scat Daddy should love this surface. American Sea (10) picks up the hottest rider on the grounds and that may be enough to get this one over the hump. I bet the 2 to win/place/show and then box the top three choices.

Good luck &

All the Best/Gene