Keeneland Blue Grass Stakes 7/11
First and foremost, greetings! It's been a while since I've shared my thoughts in article format as I've lately been more selective and playing in our Premium channel. We've certainly had better days lately as the coronavirus has dwindled and allowed more tracks to open up, including most premier tracks. No more Will Rogers or Fonner Park (sorry! haha). So sit back, play the ponies, and enjoy my favorite holiday, 7Eleven day!
Race 9 at Keeneland is the Blue Grass Stakes. Forever a staple as a Kentucky Derby Prep race, the winner of this running has produced nearly 20 winners of the Derby. I'm really interested in this race today for two reasons. First, the points payout is 100-40-20-10. The winner of this race is almost a lock to get into the derby, so for that alone, it's worth watching. Secondly, it's not often you see a filly (female) trying to take on the boys for some Derby points... but I'm here for it!
Swiss Skydiver - Your morning-line favorite and the filly of the bunch will have Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith on top to try and take this girl wire to wire. She is the true speed in this race, but not the lone speed. The Blue Grass is run at a mile and an eighth. Her front running style has proved that a mile and a sixteenth is perfect for her but also suggests that she should get this extra distance. The Cautious and Optimistic Pick
Finnick The Fierce - If ever there was a horse that had to work for derby points, this would be it. Already competing in 4 races in attempts to lock in some derby points, Finnick currently sits at 18th place on the overall board with 25 points. Everyone loves an underdog story and this horse only having sight in one eye is one that many people latch to, similar to Patch from years ago. After reinventing his run style from a closing type to more midpack, hes been able to find some underneath success. Exotics
Basin - At 8/1 morning-line, this is some nice value on a horse that I could see on the board. Basin already is sitting in a nice spot at 50 points and 9th on the leaderboard. I think Swiss Skydiver and Basin will run up to the front and carry this race the distance. Board Hitter
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