The last week of racing for Keeneland’s fall meet starts today and we will take a look at the feature, an $80,000 allowance race for 3-year-olds and up over 5 ½ furlongs on the turf.
The field of 12 will go to gate for race 6 of the 8-race card with an approximate post time of 3:51 p.m. ET.
#10, Undrafted, Corey Lanerie, 10-1
The 9-year-old is making his 44th career start today (9-4-11) and his fifth this year, where he is still yet to finish in the money. Five of his last seven races have been graded stakes, including his last, a 6th-place finish in the Grade 3 Runhappy Turf Sprint Stakes (won by Totally Boss) on Sept. 7 at Kentucky Downs. His last three wins have all been allowance races in the state of Kentucky (2 at Churchill Downs, 1 at Keeneland), with his last coming by a half-length over Extravagant Kid at Churchill Downs on Nov. 22, 2018. The jock on him: Corey Lanerie, who happens to be riding today for his fifth start aboard in the last seven outings. I like the crafty style of Lanerie (who is 4th in the meet’s jockey standings with 10 wins) in the saddle who is familiar with Undrafted, a veteran with huge amounts of experience. Why not at morning-line odds of 10-1? The pick.
#1, Bulletin, Tyler Gaffalione, 3-1
The second-choice ML favorite, Bulletin, started his career with three straight wins, highlighted by the inaugural $1 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs on Nov. 2, 2018, where he won by 2 ¾ lengths over Chelsea Cloisters. After a 1 ½-length win over Real News in the $100,000 Palisades Turf Sprint Stakes here on April 4, Bulletin has finished 4-3-5 in his last three starts. The Todd Pletcher-trainee gets back to sprinting on turf which he prefers after a fifth-place finish on the dirt in his last start, the G2 Gallant Bob Stakes at Parx on Sept. 21. Tyler Gaffalione is in the saddle for the first time as he leaves from the rail. Runner-up.
#11, Bound for Nowhere, Julio Garcia, 2-1
The morning-line favorite, Bound for Nowhere, will be making his 12th career start (5-1-1) today and comes back home after a 13th-place finish in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on June 22. This will be his fifth career start at Keeneland (2-1-0) and in his last here as the defending champ, finished runner-up to Imprimis by a neck in the G2 Shakertown Stakes on April 6. He definitely prefers this track as he looks for his 1st win this year in three tries. Julio Garcia gets the mount. Contender.
#9, Smart Remark, Chris Landeros, 10-1
Today marks Smart Remark’s 20th career start (3-4-2) and is looking for his first win of the year in eight tries (0-2-0). He has run in back-to-back graded stakes: a runner-up finish (see Undrafted analysis) in the G3 Runhappy Turf Sprint Stakes in Sept. at Kentucky Downs and in his last here, a fourth-place finish in the G2 Woodford Stakes on Oct. 5. Chris Landeros, who is ninth in the meet’s current jockey standings with five wins, is aboard. In the mix.
By Lou Monaco