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An Exacta Play in Keeneland’s 7th

10/20/2013 9:50 AM


 It's incredibly rare when you can study a race and determine with conviction that the two best horses in the entire field are listed at morning line prices of 4/1 and 15/1. That is the case in today's seventh race at Keeneland, as Rope A Dope (4/1 morning line) and Laddie Boy (15/1 morning line) both appear to offer generous value on top of dominant form. 

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Laddie Boy has been blazing away on fast early paces against much better competition in each of his last two starts. The TimeformUS Pace Projector indicates that he owns a monumental pace advantage on this field and should have no problem establishing a loose early lead. 

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In his last two starts, Laddie Boy has run speed figures of 78 and 84. Only one other horse in today's field has ever run a figure faster than a 75, and that horse is Rope A Dope.

Rope A Dope won his career debut like a very good thing in one of those rich Maiden Special Weight races at Kentucky Downs with a purse of $90,000.  In that debut, Rope A Dope was assigned a joint field-best speed figure of 84. Trainer Wayne Catalano is one of the best in the business, and he has a spectacular array of trainer ratings with route horses. Rope A Dope has an excellent Pedigree Rating of 89 for synthetic routes and should relish the added ground today. 

Laddie Boy and Rope A Dope clearly stand out from their opposition, and given their morning line prices, this is one of the most exciting betting races of the entire meet.

Betting Strategy: Exacta Box of Laddie Boy and Rope A Dope.

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