Nick Shiambouros struck again yesterday when his advice Jewel of Arabia won at Belmont Park. Nick heads to Keenland with two selections from the superb card...
"No filly has ever won this race, but I think she has a realistic chance"
Guarana to crush rivals
Race 5 20:18 Keenland - Guarana
Guarana should go very close in this fascinating Grade 1 run over seven furlongs on the main track.
This smart filly made short work of the opposition when winning an $80k optional claimer at Churchill Downs last month. She drew well clear in the straight, and came home alone. She is a two time Grade 1 winner, and has only tasted defeat once when finishing second in the Cotillion Stakes at Parx.
She has a wonderful pedigree, and is a half sister to the talented Magic Dance. I do not think we have seen the best of this lightly raced individual, and should be backed at around [2.5] on the exchange.
Swiss to boss field
Race 9 22:30 Keenland - Swiss Skydiver
I am going to side with the filly Swiss Skydiver in this historic Grade 2 run on the main track.
This rapidly improving individual has won three Graded Stakes in a row this spring. On her latest start in the Santa Anita Oaks she barely came off the bridle when demolishing a quality field. She made all the running, and cruised home to win unchallenged.
Interestingly trainer Ken McPeek has bypassed the Grade 1 Ashland for fillies earlier on the card, to take on the colts. This race is a traditional Derby trial and the Ashland is an Oaks trial. McPeek is a shrewd operator and won this race in the past with Java's War. No filly has ever won this race, but I think she has a realistic chance. She should be backed at her morning line of [4.0].
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NICK’S WEEKLY P/L
2020 Overall: +49.64
This week so far....
Back Guarana Race 5 at [2.5] in the 20:18 at Keenland
Back Swiss Skydiver Race 9 at [4.0] in the 22:30 at Keenland