Keeneland – 5th race – 2-Private Client (10-1)
The known element in this maiden turf router doesn’t inspire so let’s try a fresh face. Private Client, by the exceptional grass stallion Kitten’s Joy, has done plenty of good work in the morning for Tom Proctor and looks fit and ready for a big effort first crack out of the box. Drawn comfortably inside and ridden by Proctor’s main man Van Dyke, this 3-year-old filly has much going for her and at 10-1 on the morning line looks enticing both in the straight pool and in rolling exotic play. Worth a gamble in a wide-open affair.
Aqueduct – 7th race – 2-Highland Sky (3-1)
May have been a tad rusty in his comeback but should be tight as a drum today in this middle distance turf stakes for 3-year-olds. Finished strongly but too late when runner-up in the Cutler Bay Stakes at Gulfstream Park last month but did very well to finish strongly into the teeth of slow fractions and today gets an extra half-furlong to work with. The Barclay Tagg-trained son of Sky Mesa should be able to produce the last run and offers value at or near his 3-1 morning line.