McLean’s Updated Handicapping Stats For the Keeneland Meet

Day Results9-4-2-3
2019 Overall 1,0961,096/391-385-501
Win % of Top Pick35.68%
Payoff % of Top 3 Picks Overall38.84%
2019 Top Pick in the Money –735 of 1,09667.06%
Top Selection ITM / KEE 44-7856.41%
Top Selection Win / KEE 24-7830.77%
“Key Horses” @ KEE 9-1-0-111.11%
“Key Horses” in 2019 183-71-35-2238.80%

We had 4 winners out of the 9 races on Sunday, and we cashed 7 tickets on our “straight wagers,” and we collected on 4 “exacta” payoffs.

The key, though, was the payoffs. We had a ticket in the last that returned $70 for each $2 placed across the board and we launched an exacta payoff that returned $214.20 for each $1 played.

We had that longshot in our Pick 5 ticket, too, but unfortunately we lost in the 7th race when we ran third and fourth. Did hit the consolation 4 out of 5 to get half of our “investment” back.

So, it’s onward and upward. Looking forward to Wednesday.

Until then…keep smiling.

Good Luck & All the Best/Gene


The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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    Gene McLean began his professional career in 1977 as a sportswriter and columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky., and was recognized as one of the state’s best writers, winning the prestigious “Sportswriter of the Year” honor in 1985. Now the President and Publisher of The Pressbox, McLean sets ...

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