Race 1: Traci’s Greeley has earned almost double than anyone in the field. She is fresh and gets three time Ky Derby winner Borel in the saddle. Tapigal was a dominant winner against bottom level maidens at Indy, but she fits well here and trainer Billy Stinson does well off the claim. Cafe Mischief was an upset winner in a similar condition at CD but was DQ’d. She has tactical speed and a heady rider rider in Mena. Her lone official win came right here at Ellis at today’s distance. Selections: 3-4-2
Race 2: Stay Home should benefit from a hot tempo up front and come storming home late and may be a price. Hoonani Road is a very classy Arkansas bred who has earned almost a half a million dollars. He is a multiple stakes winner and has drops to the lowest level of his career. Bye Bye Birdstone is another getting some class relief and is a coupled entry with Charge the Line. Selections: 3-5-1
Race 3: Booyakaska raced erratic on debut but still had a good showing. I look for this one to move forward with that experience of having a start and having three decent works since his last race. Harding Park may be a sizable price on the board ,and if his pedigree holds true, he will love the lawn. Winging Ways drops in class and should improve while trying the grass.
Race 4: Medicine Trail is the definite horse to beat. He has two very impressive races on his from and a repeat of either of those he will get his picture taken today. He is from a very productive family and is half to the G2 Remsen winner, O’Prado Again. Wayakin is a son of Lemon Drop Kid and is from the always dangerous Cox barn who wins at 17% with firsters. Upstart Gentleman is by the freshman sire, Upstart and is racing for top connections in Barber and Casse.
Race 5: Ebben overcame some traffic troubles last start to win at CD and should stalk from just off of the pace. Sueno was on the Derby trail last year before being sidelined after the Lexington. He is training well for his return and lands in a good spot to get back on track. Street to Indy should love this unique one mile configuration and should flash speed from the high draw. Selections: 4-5-6
Race 6: Golden Notion drops in class and is well spotted to pick up his second win in his last three starts. Hidden Talent has drawn the advantageous rail spot and gets some class relief as well and should improve with that tightener at CD back in June. Oro de Tejano is coming off two straight runner-up performances and has to be considered.
Race 7: Devious Charm just got ran down last time in a very competitive race in Louisville and Julien is a very smart rider and will have this one well rationed out front. Mission from Elle just fired a bullet at CD last week and will move forward making her third start off the freshening. Screenwriter should be used on all tickets.
Race 8: Madame Overserved was a game second at Churchill and is eligible to improve in her second start off of the layoff. Lucky Find has two impressive works since finishing fourth when making her debut. Bellucci is another that should improve with a start under her belt and is worth a bet as she may be a square offering.
Race 9: Stop Shoppin Tammy should have no problem transitioning to the turf. Sneak Peek just missed last out when the race was taken off of the turf. She broke her maiden in style on the turf at first asking. Edgee Angel was overmatched in the G3 event last out. She drops back into this first level allowance race and figures in here.
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.