The $300,000 Grade 1 Makers Mark Mile on Friday at Keeneland will be run on turf and is open to horses four years old and up. Early indications are that up to seven entries will be in the field for the day’s premier event.
Betting Preview: Ride a Comet
Ride a Comet is a six-year-old colt with eight career wins in 14 races, including three stakes victories. He is trained by Hall of Famer Mark Casse and has career earnings of almost $480,000.
Before finishing seventh on the turf at Santa Anita in January, he had reeled off three consecutive wins in the fall after being idle since a win in the Del Mar Derby in September of 2018.
Betting Preview: Raging Bull
Trained by Chad Brown, the six-year-old Raging Bull has four stakes victories, the most recent coming in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Mile Stakes at Santa Anita last May. His latest outing was a disappointing 10th place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Mile at Keeneland on November 7th.
Before the Breeders’ Cup, he ran second in the Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile Stakes at Keeneland on October 3rd. In 17 career starts, he’s earned $1,316,750 in purses with a record of 17: 6-3-3.
Betting Preview: Somelikeithotbrown
This five-year-old has two graded stakes wins in his career, including the 2019 Jeff Ruby Steaks, a Kentucky Derby prep race at Turfway Park as a three-year-old. He also won the John Battaglia Memorial Stakes that year before it was graded and awarded prep points.
More recently, he won the ungraded Mohawk Stakes at Belmont Park in October but followed up that effort with a dismal ninth-place run in the Grade 2 Fort Lauderdale Stakes at Gulfstream Park in December. Somelikithotbrown has $691,338 in career earnings in 17 total races.
Betting Preview: Smooth Like Strait
This four-year-old has been active since last summer, racking up three graded stakes wins along with a pair of runner-up finishes. Trained by Michael McCarthy, Smooth Like Strait is coming off a second-place finish in the Frank E. Kilroe Mile Stakes at Santa Anita on March 6th in his only start in 2021.
He has an impressive record of 13: 6-3-1 with seven graded stakes races under his belt. Smooth Like Strait has career earnings of $657,823.
Betting Preview: Hit The Road
With four consecutive wins, the last two in graded stakes races, four-year-old Hit The Road comes into the Makers Mark Mile as the hottest horse in the field. His latest race was the Frank E. Kilroe Mile Stakes, where he edged Smooth Like Strait by a neck.
His 9: 6-0-0 record has just one serious blemish in the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Santa Anita after a disqualification negated his 7th place finish. Hit The Road has $494,751 in career earnings, with $300,000 coming in 2021.
Also in the field are Sacred Life and Get Smokin.
Free Betting Pick
Smooth Like Strait will be looking for revenge in a rematch with Hit The Road, and he should be able to get it, ending his four-race winning streak. Look for another close finish for the youngsters in the field.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Smooth Like Strait
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