Friday's Best Bet: Earls Rock ready to roll in Transylvania Stakes

Friday’s 9th race from Keeneland is the Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes for 3-year-olds traveling a mile and a sixteenth on the turf course (Post Time 5:30 p.m. ET).

#6 EARLS ROCK (2-1) invades from California for Phil D’Amato. He landed the place in his overseas bow and shipped to Santa Anita and smartly graduated at one mile on turf Jan. 9. He turned back and won again in the Baffle Stakes Feb. 5, and he will probably stalk outside under his new rider Florent Geroux.

#4 Fire At Will (9-5) is back on preferred turf after a failed try in a Kentucky Derby points race in the Fountain of Youth (G2). He won a couple of turf stakes as a juvenile including the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (G1).

#1 Scarlett Sky (2-1) ran well in his last two start at Gulfstream Park including a runner-up finish in the Palm Beach Stakes. Look for him to save ground behind the speed.

#2 Palazzi (6-1) graduated at Fair Grounds in his final start of 2020 and began this year with an ungraded stakes win at Sam Houston. He exits a show finish in the Black Gold Stakes and his numbers really improved in his last three starts.

Wagers:

#6 to win

Exacta 4-6/2-4-6

Trifecta Key 6/1-2-4

Recent Best Bet Winners

March 19 - STANDING O ($9.80), Trifecta ($238.60)
March 20 - COLONEL LIAM ($3.40)
March 25 - CUSTOMEREXPERIENCE ($18.40)
March 26 - STALKING SHADOW ($12.60), Trifecta ($150.20)
March 27 - ADVENTURING ($7.20)
March 29 - SLINGIN SAMMY B ($9.00), Exacta ($28.00)
March 30 - Souper Fly Over/Monteleone/Thousand Percent Trifecta ($72.80)

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