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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Keeneland Opener: Epitome of a 4 letter word

There's been a lot of talk about 4 letter words when it comes to synthetics the timing seems perfect for the opening day of Keeneland's spring meet on Friday on the polytrack. Ok, you're not going to get a whine session about how hard it is to handicap the synth at KEE from this part of the blogosphere....but if you look at the opening day's entries you'll see what I mean about 4 letter words....for instance...

Race 2: Hull (#4 horse, ML 2-1)
Last year's Derby Trial Stakes winner (I was there!) on Churchill's opening day makes his 2010 debut in a 6 furlong race taking on two tough foes in Taqurub (5/2) and Despite the Odds (5/2). Unraced since last June's Woody Stephens on Belmont Day, he's undefeated in Kentucky so our first 4 letter horse of day with Robby Albarado up is ready to roll.

Race 4: Inti (URU) (#2 horse, ML 10-1)
Not as inviting a selection, this Uruguayan 5 year may be overmatched going 1 1/16 on the polytrack, but he's been over this track before and has the speed to contend. We'll try and hit the board with our second 4 letter word.

Race 5: Toll (#1 horse, ML 4-1)
At 4-1 we won't be trying to Hit it Rich (5/2) on this one, but if I pull out my Secret File (6-1), maybe we can pull something off in the exotics in this one. Had some success on the poly in his maiden debut and Leparoux rode him. Won't be playing the 4 letter double.

Race 6: Doff (#1 horse, ML 15-1)
I love their beer. Heck, for a buck a 4 letter Pick 3? The trainer is 40% this year with first time starters (2 for 5 - full disclosure).

Race 8: Fish (#6 horse, ML 5-1)
Julien Leparoux up. Fish on Good Friday. C'mon if this isn't the 4 letter hunch play of the day, I'm a rock star. Broke maiden at Keeneland last year.

Race 9: Call Shot (#1 horse, ML 12-1)
Ok, I'm stretching it a bit...but back to back 4 letter words? Works for me....Think Babe Ruth pointing skyward...

Have fun, enjoy the card and refrain from using any 4 letter words...


tencentcielo said...

Good work Gene! Will this meet have some long odds wins? :-)

Ernie said...


The_Knight_Sky said... hard it is to handicap the synth at KEE from this part of the blogosphere....


But I wouldn't hold it against you if you waxed poetic about the irrelevance of modern Keeneland main track racing.

And who knew a bean counter would be so adept with the lexicon?

Keith-TripleDeadHeat said...

I think I have a triple (four letter) word score for you on Friday's Woodbine care:

Race 3 - Nyuk Nyuk Nyuk

You'll get 12-1 on Bolt in the sixth...though the punters will never let a Patrick Husbands horse go off at that price.

Good luck this weekend. See you on the Twitter.

Ernie: good work!


EquiSpace said...

Dime: Thanks...will be looking to play the late P4 and for some prices!

E: Brilliant.

TKS: Define lexicon. PS I'm taking down your contests this weekend.

TDH: Nice Northern additions to the list. Will have an eye on WO tomorrow also.


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