Friday’s card at Keeneland is full of top quality races with the Grade III Beaumont acting as the pre-cursor to the Maker’s Mark Mile. This contest is held over the seven furlongs on the main track with a purse of $100K up for grabs. It is race number seven on Keeneland’s card.
Slam Dunk has Grade I experience on her CV, however her subsequent performances haven’t lived up to expectations and she will be keen to bounce back here on Friday afternoon. Last time out, she was well beaten in an optional claimer, fading badly around the turn. She was a costly purchase and big things were expected, so she simply must up her game here. The recent workouts have been encouraging so that is something to give her backers some hope.
Speech was impressive in Grade II company last time out at Santa Anita, and this represents a slight drop in quality. The beyers are consistently impressive, with recent numbers including 81, 88 and 97. Michael McCarthy’s charge has now finished second in each of her last three starts and will surely be winning again soon. The works, most of which have been at Del Mar, have been eye-catching and appears to be in good heart coming into this event.
Ian Wilkes’ horse was always game in the Grade III Dogwood at Churchill Downs last time out, and will be keen to build upon that recent success. Julien Leparoux is back aboard today and with only four starts to her name, she seems like a progressive sort. With all three victories coming at this 7f distance, she should be ready to lay down a challenge to her rivals.
Wicked Whisper was a very expensive purchase at $500,000 and has already started to repay some of that outlay. She was beaten in the Breeder’s Cup Juvenile Fillies event, finishing 5th behind British Idiom. Prior to that, she’s been on target in the Grade I Frizette, finishing ahead of Slam Dunk and the tables are unlikely to be turned this afternoon.
Gregory Foley’s charge picked up her second career victory last time out at Churchill Downs. She clocked up her best career beyer of 89 and if replicating that performance, she could be hard to catch. She is likely to come with another late charge, so one to watch during the closing stages.
Ian Wilkes has a strong hand with Turtle Trax also representing his barn in the Grade III event. Last time out, she ran second in a 100K OC event, and with Grade II and Grade III experience on her CV, she shouldn’t be too far away. She’s been beaten by some subsequent winners and therefore cannot be ruled out.
Free Betting Pick
Although there are several candidates for this Grade III event, it’s hard to look beyond Four Graces for this year’s Beaumont. With the 7f being a fairly specialist distance, it’s always good to stick with the specialists at this trip. Four Graces looked good in Grade III company last time out and is three from three at today’s distance.
Spooky Express Free Picks – Four Graces
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