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Saturday, April 11, 2009

Keeneland Notes

Forever Together (1-1) returns in the Jenny Wiley at Keeneland today. The F&M Turf winner will be just the third horse from that race to run again, including Visit (5-1). Halfway to Heaven, the favorite that day, Wait A While, Mauralakana, Dynaforce, Folk Opera, and Pure Clan are Grade 1 winners all who have not returned to the track, and while I don't feel like taking the time to do the research, I'd guess that many if not most of them are currently in foal.

Rutherienne (9-2) is also a Grade 1 winner, and she instead returns to the races for her first start at the age of five. This daughter of Pulpit won eight of her first 11 career starts, but has run third in her last six races in a row. Seems to have a shot at second here, but the favorite looks pretty imposing. The tough NY-bred I Lost My Choo (6-1) turns up with Prado back aboard following a breakout, in terms of her Beyers, win in the G3 Honey Fox at Gulfstream.

In the 10th, Pick Six (6-1) is, I believe, well-spotted at this level for Shug, 8-2-2-2 at the Keeneland meet. He tried the five-year old son of Dynaformer in stakes company with OK results, including a fine effort running a close sixth in the G1 GP Handicap. Back in allowance company last month at Gulfstream, he was three wide throughout the final turn, and battled his way to the lead turning for home (a classic case in the pp's of a horse leading between calls). He weakened only late, and only missed by a length. I think he'd be a huge overlay at that morning line in a field which includes a few of the horses from his last race; including Jamaludin (3-1), who rallied for second, but who saved ground relative to Pick Six, who he only beat by a half-length, and moves outside today.