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Check out my Friday (4-26-24) Race 8 analysis at Keeneland below. 

KEE 8 (G3 Bewitch, 12T)
Primary – #8 VERGARA, #6 War Like Goddess
Secondary – #1 Chop Chop

Horse Comments:

#8 Vergara (4-1) is probably worth a wager due to her possible pace advantage. Flavien Prat hops aboard the 3-time stakes winner and this is her first start in more than five months. She battled on the pace and ended up a bit more than two lengths behind Friday’s favorite War Like Goddess in a graded marathon at Saratoga last summer.

#6 War like Goddess (3-5) is obviously the class of the field. The 11-for-18 mare has banked more than $2.5 million, and she is 3-for-5 at Keeneland and 7-for-10 at a mile and a half. Bill Mott’s closing 7-year-old mare won this race in 2021, 2022, and 2023.

#1 Chop Chop (12-1) is a consistent filly with a decent closing kick for Brad Cox. She won a turf stakes race at Kentucky Downs in her second career start in 2022, and just missed in the Grade 1 Alcibiades on dirt. She frequently finishes in the top three and can run on anything. She captured stakes races on turf and all-weather ground, and is stakes-placed on dirt. She can spice up the exotics if she handles the added ground of this race.


#8 to win

Exacta 6-8/1-6-8

Trifecta 6-8/all/1

Recent Bettor Bet$ Free Pick Winners
April 5 – De’ Medici/Feel the Magic Exacta ($55.40)
April 10 – Native Land/Heartened/Rocketeer Trifecta ($49.04)
April 14 – Tizzy in the Sky ($3.70) – Aqueduct Stakes Triple-Header
April 14 –  Antonio of Venice/Doc Sullivan Exacta ($8.90) – Aqueduct Stakes Triple-Header
April 14 – Sunday Girl/My Shea D Lady/Sohana Trifecta ($37.40) – Aqueduct Stakes Triple-Header
April 15 – Palacein ($7.00), Trifecta ($63.60)
April 16 – Jackman/Connors Outlaw/C W Prize Trifecta ($85.20)
April 19 – Raging Sea ($7.58)
April 22 – Far Mo Power ($17.00), Trifecta ($317.80)
April 23 – Masrour/Neigh Dude Exacta ($6.80)
April 24 – Accede ($5.56), Exacta ($12.52)
April 25 – Bourbon Heist ($5.74)

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Jarrod Horak

Jarrod Horak posts stakes recaps from Del Mar and Santa Anita Park, along with full card recaps and free stakes picks from Southern and/or Northern California.

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