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Saturday, Oct. 13
Keeneland, Race 7, 4:24 p.m. ET
#11 Tapit Wise: This is the kind of race where it really pays to be using a past performance program like STATS Race Lens. Utilizing the various search functions, Tapit Wise is a standout on several fronts here including his win-early pedigree and how well trainer Tom Amoss does with young horses. Over the past two years, he’s won with an astounding 41 percent of his 2-year-old starters in dirt sprints; Amoss wins with 24 percent of first-time starters. This is a $700,000 son of Tapit, whose progeny win at 21 percent clip in their first race. The dam has produced several horses who won early, including stakes winner Wicked Mizz and graded stakes-placed Ash Zee. All signs, including a steady set of works coming in, point to a huge effort on debut here for Tapit Wise.
$5 to win on #11 Tapit Wise ($5)
$5 exacta 11 with 4 ($5)
$5 win and place on #11 Tapit Wise ($10)
$.10 superfecta 11 with 4,7,9,12 with 4,5,7,9,12 with ALL ($14.40)
$10 win and place on #11 Tapit Wise ($20)
$.10 superfecta 11 with 4,7,9,12 with 4,5,7,9,10,12 with ALL ($18)
$2 exacta key box 11 with 4,9,12 ($12)
Keeneland, Race 8, 4:57 p.m. ET
#4 Socata: Gonna go with one who should be a pretty big price here. It’s a tough spot for a maiden winner but Socata had been running pretty well before a poor effort when last seen in July. She’s got some early speed and, coming back fresh from a long break for trainer Charlie Lopresti, I’d expect she’ll be sent from the gate. We’re basically looking for her to take a step forward after some time away and her speed could be an asset in this spot, in a race where the other logical contenders have done their running from off the pace.
$2 win, place and show on #4 Socata ($6)
$1 exacta 4,11 with 4,5,11 ($4)
$4 win, place and show on #4 Socata ($12)
$1 exacta box 4,5,7,11 ($12)
$6 win, place and show on #4 Socata ($18)
$1 exacta box 4,5,7,11 ($12)
$.10 superfecta 4,11 with 4,7,10,11 with 4,5,7,9,10,11 with ALL ($19.20)
YTD BANKROLL: -$1,426.10