Race of the Week 2017
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Hoosier State of Mind
Posted Friday, October 20, 2017

Keeneland Race Course might just be the most picturesque track in the world. The rolling hills and bluegrass of Lexington, Kentucky make for the perfect back-drop to one of the best race tracks in the country.

Saturday's (G2) 250,000 Lexus Raven Run Stakes offers another opportunity to cash a big score. The 7 furlong affair attracted a strong field of 11 sophomore fillies. We're going to dive into this race and hopefully capture an exacta and/or trifecta. Let's meet the field.

#1 Yorkiepoo Princess (15/1) E Gonzalez - Edward Barker

This daughter of Kantharos has shown signs of serious talent. She's coming into this race off a strong 2nd place finish in the (G3) Charles Town Oaks where she was defeated by a little over a length by a filly she'll see again today, Tequilita. The Barker charge comes in with a strong 5 furlong bullet workout at Belmont, she stands a long-shot chance but will need to improve to turn the tables on the aforementioned, Tequilita.

#2 Overture (10/1) Jose Ortiz - Bill Mott

Trained by Hall of Famer Bill Mott, this daughter of Congrats also comes into this race from the Charles Town Oaks. She finished a troubled 3rd behind Tequilita and Yorkiepoo Princess. She's extremely versatile. She has the ability to show speed in routes but in her two 7 furlong tries she's come off the pace. She was 5 wide in the Charles Town Oaks when coming from way off the pace. I think she'll be a little closer to the pace today and she also is a live long-shot, all though I do think she will be bet a little. Using.

#3 Pinch Hit (12/1) Jon Court - Brad Cox

This daughter of Harlan's Holiday comes in off an impressive win while closing from 8th to score the victory by a neck in the $100,000 Dogwood Stakes at Churchill. She's a specialist at the tricky distance of 7 furlongs with 2 wins and a 3rd in 3 starts. The Brad Cox charge is also very tactical, she has the ability to come from behind if the pace is hot or she can stalk if the pace is moderate, the question today is if she's classy enough to beat this field. I'll only consider in exotics.

#4 Nonna Mela (9/2) Christopher Decarlo - Todd Pletcher

This royally bred daughter of Arch boast a strong record of 3 wins in 6 starts while never finishing worse than 4th. She's already a graded stakes winner having won the (G2) Adirondack Stakes as a freshman at historic Saratoga Race Track. She's has all kinds of talent and potential. Being trained by Todd Pletcher she'll most likely be bet pretty heavy, she's tactical and has the ability to win this race but I don't want to take too short of a price on top, I'll use underneath in exotics.

#5 Happy Mesa (15/1) James Graham - Michael Maker

This daughter of Sky Mesa hasn't seen a dirt surface since her debut at Laurel 14 months ago. She did win thatdebut by an impressive 3 1/4 lengths albeit in a Maiden Claiming race. If she runs like her turf form suggest she'll be coming from way back in the field and I don't see her making much of an impact. Tossing.

#6 Pretty City Dancer (15/1) Corey Lanerie - Mark Casse

The Mark Casse charge had a very promising 2-year-old season where she won 3 of her 4 starts including a dead heat win in the (G1) Spinaway Stakes. She's been off form in 2017 only mustering enough run for one 2nd place finish in 6 starts. Most of her starts this season have been in graded stakes company and she gets back to the 7 furlong distance she likes. I'll throw her in at a big price in exotics.

#7 Tequilita (4/1) Fergal Lynch - Michael Matz

This daughter of Union Rags has been ultra-impressive in her 10 race career. She's won 4 of her 10 starts with two of them coming in graded stakes company. She defeated fellow competitors Yorkiepoo Princess and Overture in her last start in the (G3) Charlestown Oaks. She seems to bring her race every time they put the saddle on her. She'll be coming off the pace today but will need to run her best to run down the speed. Playing on top and underneath.

#8 Chalon (9/2) Paco Lopez - Peter Miller

The Peter Miller trainee comes into this race off a strong 2nd place finish on this very track in the Thoroughbred Club of America Stakes. This daughter of Dialed in will be contesting the early lead. Paco is great at getting horses to break quick and great at getting them to relax. The question is can she get that extra half furlong? I'll use at the back end of exotics only.

#9 Classy Tune (9/2) Florent Geroux - Simon Callaghan

This daughter of Maclean's Music is shipping out of California for the first time. She's lightly raced and also very speedy. She's won two of her five career starts and she's coming in off a third place finish at Delmar where she was defeated by fellow competitor Miss Sunset. She'll be pressing the pace early but I don't think she has the kick to survive that last furlong. I won't be using.

#10 Torrent (30/1) Ricardo Santana Jr - Ron Moquett

Ron Moquett is definitely known to surprise at a huge price (just reference Seek Gold (91/1) Stephen Foster score.) This daughter of blame is shortening up to 7 furlongs for the first time since her maiden score as a 2-year-old. She has ran well at the tricky distance and she's ran well at Keeneland but she's up against it when it comes to speed ratings and class. She'll have to beat me, not using.

#11 Miss Sunset (4/1) Julien Leparoux - Jeff Bonde

The Cal-bred daughter of Into Mischief is super speedy. She comes in ultra-sharp off back-to-back state bred stakes wins at Delmar. This filly just loves to run and loves to win. She's won 6 times in 10 starts, she's never finished worse than 3rd on a dirt surface and she's 1-for-1 at the 7 furlong distance. She can control this race from the start on the lead or just sit off the pace. I think she gets her first graded stakes win in the Raven Run. The pick.

My plays: We're going to playing two different wagers, a $1.00 exacta wheel 11 and 7 with 1,2,6,7,11. The second wager will be a .50 cent trifecta wheel. 11 and 7 with 1,2,6,7,11, with 1,2,4,6,7,11. Good luck!

Posted Thursday, April 13, 2017
This Saturday at Keeneland Race Course a group of stellar fillies and mares, led by Lady Eli will compete on the lawn in the $350,000 (G1) Jenny Wiley.
Posted Friday, March 24, 2017
Not to be outdone by their male counterparts the ladies will have their turn to shine in the $100,00 (G3) Bourbonette Oaks.
Posted Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Here are six reasons why Beholder will win the Breeders' Cup Distaff.
Posted Wednesday, September 07, 2016
On a beautiful late summer day in the Hoosier State, the stars of the sport invaded Shelbyville, Indiana to compete on the grass in a pair of $200,000 stakes races for three-year-olds at Indiana Grand.
Posted Wednesday, July 13, 2016
A star-studded full field of 12 will look to strut their stuff in the 22nd running of the $500,000 added (G2) Indiana Derby.
Posted Tuesday, July 12, 2016
When a racing fan hears the word "Derby" typically one thing comes to mind, the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Derby is the most prestigious and historical event in racing, quite simply it's legendary. Though the Indiana Derby has only been around since 1995, it has produced some exciting finishes and some legendary horses.
Posted Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Turfway Park is home to the $500,000 Spiral Stakes on Saturday, with 50 big Kentucky Derby points going to the winner, virtually ensuring the victor a spot in the Kentucky Derby.
Posted Saturday, October 31, 2015
The Breeders’ Cup is offering a $3,000,000 guarantee to its all stakes late pick 4. The late pick 4 that starts in race 8 includes the Breeders’ Cup Mile, the Breeders’ Cup Turf, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile, and the gem of them all the Breeders’ Cup Classic. There’s an old saying that goes “money talks and b.s. walks,” it is put up or shut up time and I’m ready to cash-in on this massive guaranteed pool.
Posted Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The Sprint is a race historically filled with early speed and this year’s field is no different with some seven horses showing early speed.
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My journey into the sport of kings has been different than most. I do not boast a royal pedigree, and in fact, before my interest in horse racing, my family thought the Kentucky Derby was the only race of the year! I'm the son of a minor league baseball player and a homemaker, which doesn't exactly scream grade I winner.

My passion for the sport started about 8 years ago.I was watching as Funny Cide was making his triple crown run. The “Gutsy Gelding” had my eyes glued to the television with each of his triple crown races. After watching Funny Cide on TV. I decided to make a trip down to our local track, Indiana Downs.This would be an experience that would change my life.

I looked over the program, while having no idea what I was doing,I decided to put my 5 dollars on a horse named Apollonea. As the gates broke and the announcer began his race call, I heard the words Apollonea to the lead. My excitement grew as I watched my horse lead all the way around the track, eventually drawing to win by an easy five lengths. Apollonea paid 58.00 to win, I was hooked from that point on.

For the past 8 years my life has been horse racing.  I've tried to educate myself on every aspect of the sport and learn about it's past. The incredible run of the Super Filly Rachel Alexandra would also change my life. It was my intense passion and love for Rachel that would bring me to meet some of the greatest  people in the world. I owe a lot to Rachel and this sport for introducing me to such wonderful people.

I want this blog to show that Indiana Racing stacks up with any track, anywhere! It will also show what great value can be found in Indiana for the bettors, and not to mention, the incredible purses for the owners and trainers.

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