AGOS Horses to Watch – April 13, 2016

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Baytown Turls (KEE 4/8/16 – Race #1 – #5 – 4 1/2f dirt) –  Jack Gilligan aboard, and his runner broke inward in his first outing. He immediately gathered up his charge and save ground along the rail. At 32-1 he looked to be saving gas in the tank for his next effort, but decided to finish up strong against the fence.  I think we’ll see improvement, and maybe he’ll wheel back in the short Keeneland meet or take his talents to Churchill for a mdn victory.

Handiwork (KEE 4/8/16 – Race #3 – #4 – 6 1/2f dirt) –  Jesus Castanon had the call, and had dead-aim on the leaders down the lane. He brushed a bit which could have taken him out of his game, but gathered his stride and finished up with gusto. – By the time they past the finish line he was three lengths better. Shipped in from Fair Grounds, and these travelers do well overall at the Keeneland meeting.

Converge (KEE 4/8/16 – Race #9 – #7 – 1 1/16 turf) – top jock Javier Castellano in the irons for Chad Brown in the Transylvania Stakes. He was aboard a nice son of Sidney’s Candy and was making up ground at a solid clip along the inside after being way off the front runners. Just as he set sail, his efforts were compromised by being squeezed off by the #1 – Inspector Lynlee.  This was his second off the shelf since October, and maybe Team Brown will roll him right back over the lush Keeneland green.  If you don’t see him in Lexington, I bet he’ll head up to the Belmont greensward.

Kundray (KEE 4/9/16 – Race #3 – #6 – 1 mile on the turf) –  Julian Leparoux in the saddle aboard a Distorted Humor filly. She was getting first Lasix, and comes from the Michael Matz barn.  This New York-bred came rolling last out and as she shipped in from Gulfstream Park. She appeared to relish the footing and should make for a nice playback on this angle. Team Matz will have her tuned and ready to roll next up.

Commend (KEE 4/10/16 – Race #6 – #6 – 1 mile turf) –  red hot jockey Jose Lezcano in the saddle for Bill Mott, and they were making their forst start on the grass. This son of War Chant settled out nicely and stalked just off the leader. Lezcano hit the gas and accelerated quickly to open up a few lengths, and was eventually run down by the chalk #10 – American Patriot.   They way he took to the green was promising, and Lezcano did everything but win on this runner.   Next out he’ll benefit greatly from this race and be a handful down the lane.

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Rich Nilsen is a 12-time qualifier to the National Handicapping Championship (NHC), an event he has cashed in four times. He was the first player to finish in the top 10 twice. He recently won a $24,000 package into the 2016 Kentucky Derby Betting Championship. A former executive with Brisnet.com, Rich is also a graduate of the University of Louisville Equine Business Program. He is founder of AGameofSkill.com, a site devoted to horse racing education and promotion.

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