Race 1: Eagle Eye is a debuting homebred for the Ramsey’s that is by the Wood winner, Wicked Strong. She has the connections to pop at ﬁrst asking. WW is always a threat to win at ﬁrst asking with the babies. God Wink drops in for a tag, and gets a break in weight with the bug boy. Talented Tapper is a ﬁrster racing for Tracey Glover and partners that has a long steady series of works. Glover is very adept at prepping babies to perform at their top layoff and I expect this one to run very well. Watch the tote board for the money to show up on this one.
Race 2: Ebony Bay ran well off the brief respite last out when trying a route for the ﬁrst time. She drops slightly in class and is the horse to beat. Princess Marykate took on winners last out and ran decent. She's back in against maidens today and has to be considered. The More I Burn is from a respectable barn that will have her ready off the shelf. She gets leading rider Graham to steer her around today and could upset at a big price. The inside post positions are the place to be thus far in the meeting.
Race 3: Saturday Night is out of a stakes placed mare that is proven to produce foals to win early on as two year olds. She is a half to Hey Mike who won on debut as a baby, and is also a half to Nickname. Nickname broke her maiden at Saratoga in her second start then went on to win the G1 Frizette at Belmont. The dam, Nina Fever also won on debut as a two year old at Kee and went on to win ﬁve races as a juvenile. Sariah Sariah ran a bang up race on debut and fought every yard in a loaded ﬁeld. If she doesn't bounce off that hard fought effort, she should be a big pace factor in this race. Aunt Joie has been working very well over this local surface. Her most two recent works were very impressive and will be a hefty price on the tote board.
Race 4: Sweet Carolina turns back here to this 6 1/2 furlong distance and should get a decent pace in front of her that should be right in her wheelhouse. Shackleford County is making her seasonal bow and has the back class and connections. Frills has won two of her last three but that was on the poly, if she can transfer her form to the dirt, she ﬁts very well here.
Race 5: Shippingport should beneﬁt from the slightly shorter distance and a race under his belt. He returns to the pea patch where he ran his two best races of his life and may be a sizable price. Homebred faced tougher in that optional allowance in Shelbyville last out and with a better break is a player in here. Sky Ride was impressive here back on opening weekend and a repeat of that performance, puts him in the mix.
Race 6: Introspection is making her ﬁrst start this year but is training well. She has posted two straight bullet works and is dropping in class. Lizzie B is well entered today. She romped last out off of a nearly two year layoff and gets some slight class relief. Princess Phone made all the pace ﬁrst off the claim for J Bark last out. The second start for the barn could be the winning one. She switches back to dirt and Jason strikes at an alarming rate of 33% when doing so.
Race 7: This race is probably the most talented and competitive race on the card today. I will give a narrow edge to Mountain Air. He just missed on debut and gets BJH in the irons. Cowboy Diplomacy is one of two in here for Brad. This one has been working very well for his return to the races. Jess Mo most likely will be a price, but is the talk of the town in La Grange where he has been prepping for his debut.
Race 8: Maniacal looks to be in a good spot to pick up his eighth lifetime win. The possible pace scenario is to his advantage. He and C Lan should be able to stalk in behind the speed and pounce turning for home. Jazzy Times has drawn the fence and returns to Ellis where he has won the 2018 edition of the inaugural KD Preview Turf Sprint and was a hard fought second last year when trying to defend his title. Lykan is exiting pair of third place ﬁnishes in stakes competition in Hot Springs and hails from a good barn.
Race 9: Mast Cove is easily the top turf earner in the ﬁeld and is fresh off a dominant win in Tampa. That was on the dirt but this one if better suited on the lawn and rates a narrow edge over Dichotomy. The latter adds blinkers today and has to be considered on every ticket. Miss Pinkerton should have decent odds and will be rolling late with the Biscuit in the saddle.
Jimmy McNerney, 44, became just the 12th voice to fill the airwaves bellowing from high atop the Ellis Park grandstand in 2015. In addition to his track announcer duties, he is also the Ellis Park morning line odds-maker and the on-air race analyst. While he was born in Kentucky, he grew up right here in nearby Evansville. He is a third generation horseman, as his family is deep rooted in the horse racing business. McNerney has held about every job on the racetrack. He has been a groom, gallop boy, racing official, and a jockey agent, just to name a few. His knowledge and passion for the sport run very deep. His main objective is to make the experience for the race fan an enjoyable and profitable one. He is highly regarded as an expert handicapper and enjoys teaching the novice handicappers his art to picking winners. In addition, McNerney has frequently hosted handicapping seminars to help promote and educate the sport of kings to horse players. He currently is the also the race caller and television analyst at Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky. He also enjoys emceeing charity events and can also be found on the auction block calling bids at various auction houses throughout the country. The father of three daughters, spends his spare time rooting on his beloved Cincinnati Bengals. He has previously called races at numerous race tracks across the country including Beulah Park, Fair Grounds Racecourse, Hazel Park, Hoosier Park, Indiana Grand, Lone Star Park, and Louisiana Downs.