Keeneland rarely hosts midsummer meets, yet this action packed five-day event will be hosting an array of unmissable stakes events this weekend. The Grade I Maker’s Mark Mile is amongst the highlights and this mile event is held on the turf track on Friday afternoon. With a number of top trainers including Chad Brown and Todd Pletcher sending their star milers to Kentucky, this year’s event should be a hugely enjoyable contest.
Chad Brown will be hoping for a repeat performance from Raging Bull after seeing his charge clear the field in the Shoemaker Mile Stakes at Santa Anita. The 5-year old son of Dark Angel ran down his competition during the late stages to pick up his first victory since December 2018. Prior to his success in California, he had placed on three consecutive occasions and shouldn’t be far too away.
War of Will
Preakness winner War of Will was disappointing in the Shoemaker Mile finishing sixth and will be desperately hoping for a better outcome this weekend. A mile and half a furlong appears to be his preferred distance, and having gone close here at Keeneland back in 2018, he should be involved once again.
Richard Baltas’ Next Shares went close in the Shoemaker Mile, and will be hoping to turn the table on Raging Bull this weekend. Since losing heavily in January, he has bounced back with a couple of superb performances and should be able to continue his momentum this weekend.
Halladay is one of the least experienced in the field with just four starts to his name so far. Last seen winning the Sunshine Forever Stakes at Gulfstream, however this is a significant step up in quality and he could play a minor role.
Chad Brown’s Without Parole came home in third at Santa Anita last time out, narrowly missing out to Raging Bull and Next Shares. This horse is becoming quite hard to win with, and hasn’t been victorious since entering the winner’s enclosure at Royal Ascot just over two years ago. Without Parole is hard to trust and may be worth swerving.
Diamond Oops could be a potential outsider for this event having triumphed at Gulfstream in the Mr Prospector Stakes. Having finished fourth in the Pegasus World Cup, he could easily get involved in this Grade I contest.
Graham Motion’s barn always sends a few interesting contenders to Keeneland and English Bee is no exception. Having his fourth run of 2020, English Bee should be fit enough to compete at the business end, and his second in the Grade II Wise Dan Stakes was a good showing.
Conor Murphy’s six-year old was behind English Bee in the Wise Dan and will be hoping to turn the tables. His performances prior to that event were largely underwhelming and he could struggle here.
Free Betting Pick
The form of the Shoemaker Mile Stakes here looks like the one to follow, and Raging Bull could be hard to stop once again. Next Shares didn’t miss by much in that event, and at a bigger price, could be worth backing instead. Of the bigger price runners, Diamond Oops is worth keeping an eye on.
Spooky Express Free Picks – Raging Bull to WIN & Exacta with Diamond Oops
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