Mr. Ed's Keeneland Best Bets for Saturday

By Ed Sehon  ( handicapper) 

April 8, 2023 03:02 AM


Saturday Best Bets at Keeneland

Many horseplayers look forward to the first weekend in May for the Run for the Roses, but Mr. Ed gets readers started in the Kentucky racing season with weekend picks during the Keeneland Spring Meet.

After Friday’s opening day, we have the Blue Grass Stakes – Keeneland’s top Kentucky Derby prep race – and a strong undercard.

Races Nos. 1-2 (12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT)

Nothing like good, old-fashioned $4 Daily Double to kickstart the day. Mr. Ed likes:

Race 1: 1,10

Race 2: 1,4 (cost $16)

Race No. 4 (2:15 p.m. ET/11:15 a.m. PT)

I like #8 Chasing Time (5-1 morning line). Jockey Joel Rosario returns aboard veteran sprinting son of Not This Time, for Asmussen. Race sets up perfectly as he goes an extra half-furlong from outside post. Back class, regular work pattern bolster victory claim. No time like the present. Wager $10 to Win and box in $2 Exactas with 2,4,5 ($22).

Race No. 5 (2:50 p.m. ET/11:50 a.m. PT)

Mr. Ed’s BEST BET OF DAY is #7 Run Classic (3-1 morning line). A true horse-for-course, this 5-year-old son of super sprinter Runhappy blistered local oval earning 105 Beyer Speed Figure last November. Sharp trainer Calhoun cuts speedball back to 7 furlongs and retains Leylu Gutierrez in effort to repeat classic run. Wager $10 Win – and – are you feeling lucky? – $4 Daily Double with 7 in next race ($14).

Race No. 6 (3:25 p.m. ET/12:35 p.m. PT)

I like #7 Pleasant Passage (5-2 morning line) to compete mid-card Daily Double. Place finish in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies only blemish on gal’s record. Gaffalione returns to ride for Shug. Just like her daddy, she’s more than ready. Wager $10 ($10).

Races Nos. 7-11 (4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT)

Mr. Ed likes a $50 Pick 5  ($36)

Race 7: 2

Race 8: 5,8,12

Race 9: 1,3,7,11

Race 10: 1,2

Race 11: 2,3,14

Race No. 9 (5:15 p.m. ET/2:15 p.m. PT)

Today’s the day #3 Verifying (3-1 morning line) punches his Kentucky Derby admission ticket in the Grade 1, $1 million Blue Grass Stakes. Expensive 3-year-old son of Triple Crown winner Justify will gobble up extra ground, score in stretch. Cox-Gaffalione connection tough. Trust – but verify. Wager: $10 Win and box in Exactas with 1,7,11 ($22).





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