Keeneland Pace Chart for Opening Day – Friday, October 8th

Pace makes the race!

Utilize this complimentary pace chart to help you envision how each of the races will set up on opening day at Keeneland, Friday October 8th.   Wager within your comfort level, pick your spots and best of luck!

Keeneland Pace Chart
Race 1 Expected Pace Leaders Stalkers Mid-Pack Closers Unknown
8.50 Furlongs / Dirt Honest/Fast 2 1-6 3-5-4
Race 2
8 Furlongs / Turf Unknown ? 4 3-1-11 12-5-7-9 10-16 2-6-8-13-14-15
Race 3
8.50 Furlongs / Dirt Modest 2 1-1A 5-4-6 3
Race 4
6.00 Furlongs / Dirt Modest 7 9-3 2-5-8 4-6-1
Race 5
6.00 Furlongs / Dirt Honest *4 1-2 3-6-8 5-7
Brad’s Time is the controlling early speed in this field of eight claimers. Vulcan and Heart Rhythm will both show
 speed off the layoff.
Race 6
6.00 Furlongs / Dirt Unknown ? 11 8-10-5 2-3-4-1-6-7-9-12-13
Race 7
8.50 Furlongs / Turf Modest 6-7 2-11-9 1-13-5-8 10-4-12-3
Race 8
6.00 Furlongs / Dirt Fast 7-6-1-4 2-3 5
Hot early pace with Sir Alfred James or Special Reserves the likely pacesetter.  May set things up for
Aloha West from off the pace.
Race 9
8.50 Furlongs / Dirt Fast 1-7 12-5-9 11-2-4-10 6-3-8
Another expected fast early pace with 4+ runners that show speed. That could play against the morning line
favorite Juju’s Map.
Race 10
9.00 Furlongs / Turf Modest 2 12-8-7 3-5-4-14 13-6-1-11-16-9-10-15


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