Keeneland and Oaklawn take center stage

By about 7:15 PM EDT today we will hopefully have a better idea of just who the main players will be in the Kentucky Derby, which will be run three weeks from today.  The Blue Grass at Keeneland today might not give a great indication as it will be run over a synthetic surface for the fifth time today.  However, the Arkansas Derby features The Factor, a speedy colt who many see as one of the two or three favorites in the Run For the Roses.  He exits a scintillating win in the Rebel where he was allowed to coast on an uncontested lead and pulled clear late.  Here are my selections for the stakes events at Aqueduct, Oaklawn, and Keeneland today:

DISTAFF HANDICAP (AQU R9): 5-3-2

SHAKERTOWN (KEE R6): 6-8-4

COMMONWEALTH (KEE R7): 2-4-1

JENNY WILEY (KEE R8): 12-10-4

BLUE GRASS (KEE R9): 11-1-4

INSTANT RACING (OP R8): 6-2-4

NORTHERN SPUR (OP R9): 1-4-3

ARKANSAS DERBY: 3-4-6

Good luck!  I’ll be back tomorrow night to recap the week that was and look forward to the final Derby prep, the Coolmore Lexington one week from today at Keeneland.

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