StableDuel Contest Picks for Keeneland’s Wednesday Oct. 27 Card

Horses race on the turf course at Keeneland on Oct. 23, 2021. (Eclipse Sportswire)

America’s Best Racing is excited to partner with StableDuel, a first-of-its kind platform for daily live horse racing contests. For the second year in a row, ABR will present with StableDuel a contest featuring racing at Keeneland Race Course.

If you’re not familiar with StableDuel, think of it the same way you’d think of any fantasy sports platform. To win, you have to create the best roster of horses – a stable – just as you would select football players for a fantasy team. The better each horse performs, the more points you rack up. The top horses in each race (based on morning-line odds) are assigned the highest salaries. Since each team has a salary cap, teams can’t consist of all “favorites” and inevitably require players to identify winning “longshots” or sleeper picks that can be added to a stable for lower salaries.

The Wednesday, Oct. 27 Keeneland contest requires the standard selection of 10 horses per team. Each stable assembled must stay within a $50,000 virtual salary cap. The horses available for selection in the contest are the runners from all eight races that are scheduled at Keeneland on Wednesday.

America’s Best Racing’s John Piassek is an avid StableDuel player, who plays under the username “Bob Sacamano.” He recently won the Santa Anita Smash contest on Oct. 2, cashing for $3,300. Here’s some horses Piassek likes for Wednesday’s card.

Race 4

Horse: #2 Kitten’s Man

Salary: $500

Analysis: The fourth race on the card is a starter allowance race at seven furlongs on the dirt. The betting figures to be dominated by three horses: #3 Machismo, #5 Beverly Park, and #8 Cove Blue. All three cost at least $7,500, while no one else in the field costs more than $1,000. Those three are the most likely winners in the race, but even if those three run 1-2-3, two other horses still have to finish in the top five and put some points on the board. If you can find one of those horses, they’d make for a great value play.

Kitten’s Man looks like the perfect kind of horse to play in a race like this. He’s making his first start off the claim for Joe Sharp, who is sharp indeed with recent claims, hitting at a 21% rate. He gets Tyler Gaffalione in the saddle, who is winning at a very impressive 28% rate so far and has all but wrapped up the riding title with three days to go. In his last dirt start, he stalked the pace and rallied to win an allowance-optional claiming race at Belterra Park, matching his career-top Equibase figure of 89. He was a fast-closing third on grass at Kentucky Downs last out. He also adds blinkers and Lasix (furosemide). He’s already in career-best form, and looks to be on the verge of major improvement. If he does take another step forward, he could shake this race up.

Race 5

Horse: #10 Sanctified

Salary: $250

Analysis: The fifth race is a maiden special weight for older horses at 1 1/16 miles on the grass. Sanctified made his first start of the year at Kentucky Downs on Sept. 6 in his return from an 8 ½-month layoff. Facing a field of horses with recent races and one well-meant first-time starter, he went off at 44-1. He closed well given the circumstances, rallying wide in the stretch to get seventh, beaten less than four lengths. He was dismal in a dirt race last time out, but now he returns to his preferred surface and makes his third start off the layoff. If he replicates his last grass race, he’s got a great chance to put some points on the board at a great price.

Race 6

Horse: #2 Speitful Sam

Salary: $8,000

Analysis: Race 6 is a non-winners of two allowance race at six furlongs on dirt. Speitful Sam drew off impressively to break his maiden at Ellis Park two races back. In his first start against winners, he struggled to get by in the stretch and finished third, beaten a length. However, he was wide the entire way in that race, while the winner of that race ran closer to the rail. He’s now drawn on the inside, and should save lots of ground just off the pace. From there, he can burst to the lead and put up plenty of points.

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