Primed for the Lexus Raven Run

2013 Lexus Raven Run

SilsitaLet’s take a preview look at the Grade 2 Lexus Raven Run Stakes at Keeneland for three year old fillies over a distance of 7 furlongs with a purse of $250,000. The morning line favorite will be Todd Pletcher’s Silsita with Mike Smith in the saddle. Her last Graded Stakes win was at Turfway Park in March and she won that one by the slimmest of margins. She likes to be close to the pace and cuts back to 7 furlongs today. She is set in at 7/2 odds which tells me that this field is wide open.

Lighthouse BayNext in the ML is George Weaver’s Lighthouse Bay at 4 to 1. She will be ridden by Joseph Rocco and she, too, likes to stalk the pace. She did win a Grade 1 event at Saratoga in late July and she is a pure sprinter. The other morning line 4 to 1 shot is Wayne Catalano’s Ciao Bella Luna. Ricardo Santana will be up and she is also the stalking type. She won the Grade 2 Beaumont at 7 furlongs here at Keeneland in April. She has been working lights out in the mornings preparing for this race.

My OptionThis one is a tough one to handicap because at the time of this writing there is a full field of 14 entered. However those are the races I love to bet because you can really get some good prices if you are lucky. I am going with Jonathan Sheppard’s Primed for Passion and I’ll tell you why. She hasn’t seen this tough of competition yet but she is training like gangbusters. I expect her to launch her run from well back and she will be eating up ground down the stretch. Look for Ciao Bella Luna second and My Option to finish third. If all that happens the paydays will be quite generous. Good Luck Guys and Gals!




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