Breeders Cup is almost here and you can count on seeing more than a few horses from this card at Churchill Downs. Below you will find our picks for Saturday at Keeneland. Consider checking out our Horse Betting and Horse Racing Games pages!
Grade 2 Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes
Switch (9-5) will go favored here, but at such a short price I can’t like her. The mare has had a great career, but my gut tells me she is over the hill at this point. My top pick will be Devil By Design (12-1) who fired a fast :46 B four furlong bullet over the track on Monday. She’s 2 for 2 on synthetic surfaces and could sit a perfect trip in this race. I’m looking for her to run a career best in this spot.
Grade 1 First Lady Stakes
I’m looking for things to get hot up front and for that reason I like the streaking Daveron (9-2). The Team Valor owned mare has won three in a row. I was blown away by her last out effort in the Ballston Spa where she beat Tapit’sfly and Romacaca. If she brings that effort to Keeneland I don’t see her losing.
Grade 1 Breeders Futurity Stakes
Shared Property (4-1) has had bad trips in both of his starts and still won. His last effort came in the Arlington Washington Futurity against a very good group of horses. He should sit a good trip behind the speed and pounce in the lane. Others to consider are Our Entourage (8-1) and Take Charge Indy (5-1).
Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile
Gio Ponti (5-2) hasn’t won this year, but he has excuses. First of all he has faced the likely Turf Male Champion in his last two races (Cape Blanco) and in the Manhattan he didn’t like the off going. The old timer gets cut back to a distance he loves (won this race last year and was second in the Breeders Cup Mile) and should rebound with a big win.
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