Updated to reflect a major scratch …
One of my favorite races of Kentucky Derby week is the Kentucky Juvenile Stakes, a $100,000 affair. Just to be sporting, here’s a pick.
Race 10 | Kentucky Juvenile Stakes | 5 furlongs
2. Con Te Partiro
3. Hey Mike
4. Bluegrass Gem
Comment: A very interesting betting race pits two Wesley Ward-trained winners from the Keeneland spring meet against a Mike Maker-trained winner against one of four maidens in the nine horse field. Thirstforlife, from the red-hot barn of Mark Casse, enters as one of those maidens. The son of Stay Thirsty enters off a bullet work at Keeneland. Respect for the barn, the workout and an 8-1 morning line makes this one an enticing play against the others. Con Te Partiro overcame a bump in an 8-horse field to break her maiden and also will be a price. Lady Aurelia, the most-talked about juvenile winner at Keeneland after her 7-1/2 length domination of a six-horse field, scratched.Hey Mike would be the most likely to win if a speed duel causes a meltdown for the other main contenders.