Race 1: I believe it’s graduation day today for Freshman Class. She lands in the softest spot of her career, should get the perfect pace setup and is a key in all exotics. Sequaya is another dropping down and has to be considered underneath. Miss Hattie may get a slice at a price under the Terror on the Turf, Declan Cannon.
Race 2: Blinkers is going to be a short price. She was the best horse last out in Cincy but had some bad racing luck. If she gets a clean trip, she will be tough to beat. Queen Bess is racing for the hottest connections at the meeting in PTK & Dane and is well drawn. Readyformycloseup is worth a closer look.
Race 3: Midnight Bourbon is by the champion Tiznow and out of a mare that has thrown nothing but runners including Cocked and Loaded, and the Haskell winner, Girvin. The latter earned almost 1.5 million in his career. This $525k yearling purchase is the most logical winner on the card. Okudah raced greenly on the run last out, he switches back to dirt and should move forward. Notary should like the added distance.
Race 4: Ten Flat was well bet on debut and had a compromised trip. That was a very deep and talented field that day that produced two next out winners, including Yaupon whom came back to win a first level allowance race at Saratoga last week. Look for a much improved effort this afternoon. Highland Boss should relish the extra ground. Highestdistinction debuts for a barn that should always be respected when sending out turf runners.
Race 5: Senor Friday was second in this same condition last out and should be the heavy favorite. Flying Frank could get loose on the lead and be tough to catch. Entertainer is coming off that deep track in Oldsmar and will def have the legs and air to pull the upset despite the brief freshening.
Race 6: Private Island has a lot of upside. He has both the connections and breeding that indicate that he will love the added distance and the grass. He won’t be anywhere near the huge odds as he was on debut. Mr. Slate was an expensive yearling purchase that debuts here for the blue and white of Chester Thomas. Conquest Rainycity is worth a play at a price.
Race 7: Street of Dreams exits a game second against Graded Stake company. She is training very well and it looks like Wilkes could have a huge day today here at the Pea Patch. Union Maiden has drawn the fence and hails from the always dangerous Chad Brown stable. Seattle Slang is the best of the rest.
Race 8: Front Man has drawn the fence, which is winning at 25% at the meet at this distance. He has shown speed in the past, and if he uses it today, he could wire this field at a potentially big number. Freedom’s Flight should stalk from mid flight and is coming off a game win in Louisville. Stage Ready should improve making the second start off the layoff but will need some early tempo to support his closing style.
Race 9: Jolting Joe is stuck on the AE, but if he draws in, the gray son of Mission Impazible will be hard to handle today. Cibolian had a troubled trip last out and may get ignored on the tote, He could upset this field with a clean trip. Parkland is the logical horse on paper coming off two straight runner-up performances, but may be over bet. I think this one is a very vulnerable favorite. Bear Alley is back in against maidens and is worth a look with Landeros up top.
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.