Keeneland Race Course Picks – Thursday, October 22, 2020
Keeneland has nine maiden, allowance, and claiming races for us today, with a good mix of turf and main track matches.
While I predict winners and other profitable bets in the three riches races at Keeneland today, you can find their full slate of races—along with the entries, jockeys, and wagering options—with a visit to one of our recommended horse racing betting sites.
Read on for my Keeneland Race Course picks and tips for Thursday’s competitions.
Pick for Keeneland Race Course Race 2
This is a maiden special weight race for three-year-olds and upward running a distance of 1-3/16 miles on turf for a purse of $70,000.
I’m betting my money on the 9/5 morning line favorite, Summer Palace, with Tyler Gaffalione in the irons. This three-year-old gelding finished in the money four of his five career starts, giving himself a significantly better record than his competitors in this race.
There’s a 20/1 longshot in this race, but that is never going to happen, so save your long money for a more probable opportunity.
- Win: Summer Palace 9/5
Picks for Keeneland Race Course Race 6
This is an allowance race for three-year-olds and upward running a distance of 1-1/16 miles on turf for a purse of $73,000.
At 9/2, the coupled entries Artie’s Rumor (with Ricardo Santana, Jr.) and On a Spree (ridden by Tyler Gaffalione) have this race nailed, whether it runs on turf as planned or is switched to the main track. Artie’s Rumor moneyed 20 of his 32 career starts, winning nine, and On a Spree finished in the money for 11 of his 15 starts, winning five.
Plenty of long-odds entries in this race, but the only one I find worth a show bet is the 15/1 Dune of Pilat, with Joseph Talamo aboard. This three-year-old colt moneyed three of his four career starts, winning two.
- Win: Artie’s Rumor/On a Spree 9/2
- Show: Dune of Pilat 15/1
Pick for Keeneland Race Course Race 8
This is an allowance race for three-year-olds and upward running a distance of about seven furlongs for a purse of $71,000.
I’m backing the fourth-favored (5/1) entry here—Stage Left, with Gerardo Corrales in the irons. This four-year-old gelding moneyed eight of his 13 career starts, winning four—and his 2020 stats are even better: Three money finishes in four starts (two wins and a second).
There are plenty of long-odds entries in this race, but I don’t see a single one I’d buy a show ticket for.
- Win: Stage Left 5/1
More Betting Tips for Today’s Races
Keeneland doesn’t have the monopoly on underdogs and longshots—check out the other two tracks I reviewed for Thursday: