Player Quick Pick: Keeneland for 4/24/2014

Molly Jo Rosen

April 24th, 2014

by Mel Daniels

Keeneland race 8 | 4:42 pm ET G3 Bewitch Stakes for 4&up F&M going 1-1/2 (T)

8-Angel Terrace  This 5yo mare by Ghostzapper is making her 2014 debut. In 13 starts, she has earnings of 225k. She has placed in 8 of her 13 starts, winning 3 of those. In her last start out in a 125k  1 1/2 mile Stakes race at Keeneland, She was forwardly placed and took a 3 wide bid into the 2nd turn and led with an 1/8th out. She finished 3rd in a very game effort, losing by 2 1/2 lengths. Adds jockey Julien Leparoux.

6-Viva Rafaela  This lightly raced 5yo mare has just 12 career starts, winning 3. She is full of class, running in her 4th straight Grade 3 Stakes race. She is making her 2nd straight start at the 1 1/2 distance. In her last start in the Grade 3 Orchid at Gulfstream Park, she prompted the pace off of the rail, finishing a strong 2nd. Look for her to set the fractions today. It's tough to go against the Pletcher/Velazquez combo.

9-Romantica  This girl is making her first start of the year, and what's more she is making her first start under trainer William Mott. She has accumulated almost 775k in earnings. This mare is making her 2nd start in the United States since coming over from France. In her inaugural race in America at Santa Anita, in the Grade 1 Breeders Cup for f@m's going 1 1/4 miles on turf. She lost by 1/2 of a length to Dank. Adds jockey Joel Rosario and gets first time lasix.

Picks: 9 - 6 - 8 

Good luck and have fun!