Saturday Keeneland Picks

Friday at Keeneland was highlighted not only by Delta Prince’s late charging victory in the Grade-1 Makers 46 Mile, but also by an appearance from actor and comedic legend, Bill Murray.

I’m a huge Bill Murray fan…who isn’t? I actually had some friends who basically hosted him on his entire visit to the Commonwealth, and they were kind enough to introduce me to the GOAT and made sure I got a picture with him…

Photo cred to Annie…thanks so much!

Anyway, how bout some picks for Saturday? I’ll be out there all day. The weather forecast looks as promising as the quality of racing offered at the historic track today. First post is 1:05 p.m. EDT with four stakes races on the card, including one of the final two Kentucky Derby preps in the Stonestreet Lexington Stakes (G3), and the featured Grade-1 Jenny Wiley for older mares on the turf.

Keeneland Scratches & Changes for April 13, 2019

I’m also adding in one bonus pick for the Grade-1 Arkansas Derby that is scheduled to go off at around 7:43 p.m. EDT as the final Kentucky Derby prep of 2019. It features a pair of runners in Long Range Toddy and Omaha Beach, who are likely already in the field for the First Saturday in May, as well as Bob Baffert-trainee Improbable, who is knocking on the door to the Derby field and will likely be so long as he finishes third or better today.

The Arkansas Derby is the Best Bet of the Weekend (Twinspires.com)

RACE 1 – $25,000 Claiming, 4-year-old & up, fillies & mares, going 7 furlongs on the dirt. Claiming Price: $16,000(1:05pm EDT).

  • 1) LUCY’S TOWN
  • 2) LUREY AN
  • 7) STARLIGHT EXPRESS

RACE 2 – $79,000 Maiden Special Weight for 3-year-olds going 1 3/16 miles on the dirt (1:39pm).

  • 6) FELIX THE FOX
  • 2) THETRASHMANSCOMING
  • 5) ROYAL MESA

RACE 3 – $79,000 Maiden Special Weight for 3-year-olds & up going 1 mile on the turf (2:12pm).

  • 12) BAR HARBOR
  • 11) LIFE MISSION
  • 1) I CAN DO ANYTHING

RACE 4 – $33,000 Claiming for 4-year-olds & up going 1 mile on the dirt. Claiming Price: $25,000 (2:45pm)

  • 9) TRUE WEST
  • 6) PEAR LEMONADE
  • 2) BEANTOWN BOYS
  • 3) IKE WALKER

RACE 5 – $83,000 Allowance Optional Claiming for 4-year-olds & up, fillies & mares,  going 1 mile on the dirt. Claiming Price: $62,500 (3:18pm).

  • 11) GIO GAME
  • 3) HARBOR LIGHTS
  • 6) BROOME

RACE 6 – $81,000 Allowance for 4-year-olds & up, fillies & mares, going 7 furlongs on the dirt (3:51pm).

  • 7) MALAKEH (GB)
  • 8) COVER MODEL
  • 10) JULIET FOXTROT (GB)
  • 9) FLAT MEADOW

RACE 7 – $200,000 Ben Ali Stakes (G3) for 4-year-olds & up going 1 1/8 miles on the dirt (4:24pm).

  • 8) BONUS POINTS
  • 4) FLAMEAWAY
  • 10) NUN THE LESS

RACE 8 – $100,000 Giant’s Causeway Stakes for 3-year-olds, fillies and mares, going 5 ½ furlongs on the turf (4:57pm)

  • 4) SURRENDER NOW
  • 8) MORTICIA
  • 5) STUDENT BODY
  • 7) FACTOROFONE

RACE 9 – $200,000 Stonestreet Lexington Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles on the dirt (5:34pm).

  • 4) ANOTHERTWISTAFATE
  • 3) SUENO
  • 5) HARVEY WALLBANGER

RACE 10 – $350,000 Coolmore Jenny Wiley Stakes (G1) for 4-year-olds, fillies & mares, & up going 1 1/16 miles on the turf (6:12pm).

  • 5) RYMSKA (FR)
  • 2) RUSHING FALL
  • 6) BELLAVAIS
  • 8) ONTHEMOONAGAIN (FR)

RACE 11 – $79,000 Maiden Special Weight for 3-year-olds going 6 furlongs on the dirt (6:45pm).

  • 4) MILTONTOWN
  • 12) FLAME ZIPPER
  • 1) SLICK IT UP

BONUS – OAKLAWN PARK

RACE 11 – $1 Million Arkansas Derby (G1) for 3-year-olds going 1 ⅛ miles on the dirt (7:43pm).

  • 3) OMAHA BEACH
  • 11) LONG RANGE TODDY
  • 1) IMPROBABLE

Big Race Showdown: Arkansas Derby, Lexington Stakes Picks (Americasbestracing.net)

Best of luck to all…see you at the races!

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