Ekhlaas (#7) has to be considered the horse to beat despite the fact that he was soundly defeated at Keeneland last time. Kiaran McLaughlin isn’t known for raking in the wins in Kentucky, and this horse lost all chance after missing the break. While I respect him, I have my eye on an alternative that figures to get overlooked in the wagering.
HARD HITTER’s (#1) return to the races may seem somewhat dull at first glance, but it’s worth noting that the rail appeared to be dead on November 16, and he was in the inside path for his entire trip. I acknowledge that this Linda Rice trainee looks a bit slow, but it’s also very likely that we haven’t yet seen the best of him. Linda Rice gets a 97 trainer rating with horses making their second starts back from a layoff. Furthermore, he showed flashes of ability early in his three-year-old year, and it’s reasonable to assume that he has improved since then.
Exacta Key Box: 1 with 3,5,6,7