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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Chalk eating weasels?

Looking to play beat the favorite again in this weekend preps…picks on Friday….what is a chalk-eating weasel anyway?

TVG televised the Blue Grass Stakes draw today live which resulted in even money race favorite Pyro (worked 4f on Monday in 0:50.6) landing the 7 hole. The full field of 12 (first time since 1983) including my guy Cool Coal Man (post #1, 4-1 ML), Visionaire (post #12, 6-1), Big Truck (post #6, 6-1) and Cowboy Cal (post #3, Pletcher horse). Visonnaire last matched strides with Pyro in the Risen Star (taking third) and the Michael Matz trained colt will be coming off his win in the Gotham at the Big A for the rematch. Cool Coal Man comes off a win in the Fountain of Youth at GP, so four graded stakes winners (including Big Truck who won the Tampa Derby) will highlight the day at Keeneland on Saturday. Trainer Todd Pletcher puts up his last hopes this weekend to keep from going "dark" on Derby day. Dominican won last year's Blue Grass over Street Sense.

The Arkansas Derby draw is scheduled for Thursday and looks to have a full field. Past Arkansas Derby winners at Oaklawn include Curlin (2007), Lawyer Ron (2006), Afleet Alex (2005) and Smarty Jones (2004), so look for a promising horse to surface from this race.

Made my plans for the annual trek for Alabama Day weekend at the Spa on Monday. This year's undercard also features the $550K Turf race, the Sword Dancer (G1).

Late $1 Pick 3 Keeneland today: 2,3,5/2,4,8/10,11 (KEE contest picks bolded)



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