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Keeneland Pick 5 | The Magic Mike Show 542

Keeneland Pick 5 | The Magic Mike Show 542

The Magic Mike Show guys preview & give their tickets for Saturday’s Late Pick 5 at Keeneland on Saturday, April 20, 2024.

The sequence is co-headlined by the Ben Ali Stakes (G3) on dirt and the Elkhorn Stakes (G2) on turf.

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The press release:

Jerry Namy’s 5-year-old homebred War Campaign has put together a solid resume in three years of racing with earnings totaling $664,664. All that is missing from that resume is a graded stakes victory.

He will get the chance to check that box Saturday when he goes to the gate for the 93rd running of the $300,000 Ben Ali (G3) at Keeneland.

“I think he fits well in this race,” trainer Phil Sims said Wednesday morning. “Saturday’s race is a mile and three-sixteenths, and he has won at a mile and a quarter.”

War Campaign showed his readiness for graded stakes competition when he finished second to the highly regarded First Mission in the Essex Handicap (G3) at Oaklawn Park on March 23.

“We don’t run many horses in the winter, and he had a little break after he won the Tinsel (Stakes at Oaklawn on Dec. 16),” Sims said. “We trained him up (at Keeneland) for the Essex and then shipped him to Oaklawn.”

Following the Essex, Sims had a choice between the Ben Ali and the Oaklawn Handicap (G2), also to be run Saturday, but he opted to stay here.

“We will see what happens Saturday and then maybe look for something at Churchill,” Sims said of War Campaign, who has a 6-3-0-3 record on the main track in Louisville. “He likes Churchill a lot.”

Whatever is next, War Campaign will continue to campaign on the dirt instead of grass, where he has been off the board in his two starts on the surface.

“It’s kind of funny in that he is bred for the turf but he runs better on the dirt,” Sims said of the son of two-time Group 1 turf winner Declaration of War. “I like having a good dirt horse.”