Keeneland Betting: Five Stakes on Saturday Card

The opening three days of the Keeneland meeting feature seven Breeders’ Cup Challenge “Win and You’re In” races and plenty of large fields and excellent wagering opportunities.  The Keeneland betting card for Saturday features five stakes.

The marquee event of the day is the $750,000 Shadwell Turf Mile (G1), with the winner earning an automatic starting spot in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (G1), which is coming up at Santa Anita on Nov. 3.

Wise Dan is the 4-5 morning line favorite for the Shadwell Mile, the Charles Lopresti trainee coming into the race having won five of his last six starts.

His lone loss since last fall where he won the Fayette (G2) over the Keeneland polytrack was when he was beaten just a head in the Stephen Foster (G1) at Churchill Downs over conventional dirt.

Jockey Jose Lezcano will get the ride as his regular jockey John Velazquez elected to stay in New York.

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Saturday’s stakes action at Keeneland starts with the Woodford:

Keeneland Race 5 The Woodford (G3) Post time 3:13 ET
2 Bridgetown   7-5
7 Great Mils   5-2
3 Chamberlain Bridge   2-1
4 Icon Mike   10-1

Bridgetown looks like the one to beat here as he ships in from New York for the Todd Pletcher barn. The five year old is coming off a near career-top effort winning the Troy at Saratoga, which was his first win since taking last year’s Troy. In between wins he came up short in three starts, but it looks as if Pletcher has this guy back on his game. He owns a solid pace rifle throughout and should get a good tracking trip sitting just off what is going to be a lively early pace.

Great Mills was beaten just a couple of noses when third in the Turf Moser (G3) last out at Philly over soft ground. The colt seems to prefer firmer ground which it appears he will get today. He is winless in three starts over the turf here including a tenth in this race last year. He did run well here at the spring meeting in the Shakertown (G3), opening up a clear lead heading for home and getting nailed late, beaten just a nose. He looks primed for a top effort here in his third start of his current form cycle.

Chamberlain Bridge is likely going to take some action and this guy is a 17-time winner at the distance including winning this race back in ’08. He looks as if he may have lost a step or two from his younger days but he does come in here in good form and can handle any type of turf. He has won just 1 of 6 starts this year, taking the My Frenchman two back at Monmouth Park. The third and fourth place finishers came out of that race to win optional claimers in their next starts. 

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