The Grade II, $200,000 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes is the Saturday feature at Churchill Downs. The 1 1/16th-mile event for two-year-olds drew an intriguing field of nine. That includes Breeders’ Cup Juvenile trifecta finisher KEEPMEINMIND. Post time for the Kentucky Jockey Club, Race 11 of a scheduled 12, is 5:56 p.m. ET.
#5 INSPECTOR FROST (8-1) intrigues at a big price in his stakes debut. He was last seen cruising to victory over maidens at Keeneland going seven furlongs. INSPECTOR FROST showed dramatically improved stamina from his first start. Being by Frosted, he shouldn’t mind the stretchout to a route on Saturday. INSPECTOR FROST is training forwardly for the Kentucky Jockey Club for Brad Cox, who names John Velazquez to ride.
#7 KING FURY (6-1) was a winner in two of his first three starts, including Churchill’s Street Sense Stakes on Oct. 25. He was ambitiously-placed in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile less than two weeks later, and ran to his 59-1 odds. KING FURY has a much more realistic chance at the victory here with Brian Hernandez Jr. in the irons.
#4 KEEPMEINMIND (6-5, morning-line favorite) is the lone maiden in the field, yet is a heavy favorite. That fact in-and-of itself makes this Robertino Diodoro trainee a bad bet in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes. However, KEEPMEINMIND has hit the trifecta in all three starts to date, doing so twice in Grade I stakes. He’s also a logical threat to win this based on speed figures. David Cohen has the call.
#1 SITTIN ON GO (5-1) – coupled with the #1A SMILEY SOBOTKA – also looks enticing, if you can forgive his no-show performance in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile. He was an impressive winner of the Iroquois Stakes over this course two-back. SITTIN ON GO retains Corey Lanerie in the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes.
The play: $2 exacta key box 5/1,4,7, $1 exacta box 1/4/7 ($18)
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