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Breeders Cup 2015

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Pedigree Power

Who's Hot and Who's Not at Keeneland: Trainers, Jockeys and more

The past week at Keeneland, Julien Leparoux and Joel Rosario continued their intense battle for top jock. Joel is slipping by Julien, with 46 mounts, 14 wins to Leparoux's 41 mounts, 8 wins. Taking into account the number of mounts, Joel is still well ahead of Julien by percentage. However, Leparoux has ridden 23 of his charges to in the money finishes, one more than Rosairo.
Between the two, Leparoux has the definite advantage over the turf with 21% wins to Rosario's 13%.

These exceptional athletes aren't the only ones hitting the winner's circle. Edgar Prado is enjoying a good meet. 10 of 19 of his mounts have finished in the money for a 26% win and 56% ITM rate. He's almost an automatic play over turf with a 44% win rate.

The following jocks are hot this meet:
Javier Castellano 22-5-3-3 (23% wins, 50% ITM)
Alan Garcia 28-7-3-1 (25% wins, 39% ITM)

Include in your underneath bets:
Brian Hernandez, Jr.: 23-0-6-3 (0% wins, 39% ITM)
Corie Lanerie: 53-3-10-8 (6% wins, 40% ITM)
Robby Albarado: 18-1-4-1 (6% wins, 33% ITM)

Left at the gate:
Norberto Arroyo, Jr.: 22-0-0-1 (0% wins, 6% ITM)
James Graham: 42-0-3-5 (0% wins, 19% ITM)


Michael_MakerMike Maker continues to dominate the winner's circle with a 39-9-6-2 (24% wins, 46% ITM) record. The guy to watch on the lawn is Graham Motion: 17-5-4-3 (29% wins, 71% ITM). He's won with 4 of his 8 starters.

After a slow start, Mark Casse has improved to a 15% wins, 26% ITM.

Other high percentage trainers include:
Shug McGaughey: 11-4-2-1 (36% wins, 64% ITM)
Ken McPeek: 22-5-3-1 (23% wins, 41% ITM)
Wesley Ward: 22-5-1-3 (23% wins, 41% ITM)

Searching for the Winners' Circle:
Steve Asmussen: 0-6
Wayne Catalano: 0-12 (0% wins, 42% ITM)
Wayne Lukas: 0-9
Wayne Rice: 1-11
Kellyn Gorder: 0-8

Feeder Tracks:
As they did last spring, the majority of the winners (36%) shipped in from Gulfstream Park. Of those, 14 made the switch from dirt to Polytrack. Eight of the winners breezed at Keeneland before their victory.

Five first time starters were victorious over the Polytrack. All five worked over the Keeneland track beforehand.

Three of the five shippers from Fair Grounds who previously raced over dirt worked on Poly before visiting the winners' circle.



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any trainer at ANT competetive meet over 20% is doing soemthing right in directing his stock to race they can win.
I play KEE regularly so these updates are an excellent supplementary handicapping tool. I am surprised Michael Maker is only 24% wins. Seems like he is winning higher. I think in several of the races he has had multiple starters. 24% is exceptional considering the deep fields and quality barns. Asmussen seems to always struggle and continuing. Nice to see the recommendation you made at the start of the meet about GP is holding form. Looks like a workout over the surface should be closely followed.

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