Keeneland Opening makes for Good Friday

Easter weekend kicks off for racing fans with the opening of Keeneland’s 15 day meet and the first card is headlined by the Transylvania.  A group of nine three year-olds will go a mile and a sixteenth on the firm turf course as the forecast is for sunny skies and a high of nearly 80 degrees.  Click here for analysis of the late Pick 4 today at Keeneland!

The only other graded stakes race scheduled for today is the Fantasy at Oaklawn which makes up for what it lacks in quantity with quality.  Only four fillies will go postward but among them is Blind Luck, the de facto division leader at this moment.  She will look to bounce back from a defeat in the Santa Anita Oaks at the hands of Crisp.  Blind Luck did not receive a very good ride by Rafael Bejarano’s standards as she was well behind a very moderate pace before running into some traffic down the stretch.  This will be her first start on dirt since her debut last summer at Calder where she won by the length of the stretch.

No Such Word and Tidal Pool look like the two main challengers in the quartet.  The former exits a solid win in the Honeybee over this strip as she found racing room at the quarter pole and exploded through the stretch.  Her trainer, Cindy Jones, is confident that this gal has flourished with added ground despite her pedigree being much more geared to sprinting. 

Tidal Pool won a N3L allowance against older horses last time out by eight lengths and earned a stratospheric Beyer figure of 103 in doing so.  She had previously been a filly who looked questionable against stakes company, so this will be a very good test for her. 

I’ll take Blind Luck with No Such Word in a straight exacta.

I’ll be back tomorrow with thoughts on the Wood Memorial card at Aqueduct, the SA Derby card at Santa Anita, the Illinois Derby at Hawthorne and the Ashland at Keeneland.  Until then, good luck!

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