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Katie Mikolay Gensler's first exposure to racing came at a young age, attending Arlington Park with her family on weekends when she grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. She has been the racing analyst at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans, Louisiana for the last three years. In addition to hosting the daily Churchill Downs Simulcast Network production of live Fair Grounds racing, Mikolay co-hosts the pre-race Fair Grounds Today show. She also contributes to FairGroundsRaceCourse.com as both a handicapper and blogger during the live Thoroughbred meeting and has made special appearances on HRTV and NBC Sports. During the summers, she performs similar duties at Presque Isle Downs in Erie, Pennsylvania for the 100-day race meet for the last five years. As an advocate for fan education, Katie has teamed up with America's Best Racing to teach wagering and produce racing 101 videos to increase horse racing awareness. She has been married to Thoroughbred horse trainer, Hank Gensler, for three years.
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Race 1: WHATTHECATDRUGIN (4) returns fresh and should tough just off the pace as he runs first off the claim. DAD ARE WE HERE (1) drops in class, but hasn’t won in while so watch the odds board. HAPPY FELLA (6) needs to improve off his latest effort. He was impressive winning a starter allowance three starts back.
Race 2: DREAMING OF GOLD (2) run his best efforts on the dirt and the one to beat. RUE DE GRANDE (1A) woke up last time and finished second at the distance with traffic trouble. VESPERS AT EIGHT (6) is a 3yo son of multiple graded stakes winner on the dirt, AFLEET ALEX that will try the dirt first time.
Race 3: ECTON BLUE (2) looked sharp training in the morning (WR) and gets some class relief to move forward today. THUNDERGRAM (6) ran second at this level to be a contender with some early speed. JUMPIN FRAC FLASH (10) run for a top-notch trainer and sharp rider picks up the mount to run his best today.
Race 4: FINAL REDEPMTION (5) has good form going long on the grass and barn doing well with horses returning from winter break this meet to run big. NOMINATIVE (4) is very consistent at the distance on the grass to be tough even though she moves up in class. DIVINE LUCK (1) has been in some allowance races at GP, but may prefer a longer distance.
Race 5: The Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes
PROTONICO (5) just missed in the G1 Clark Handicap this year. He has been training well (WR) for a comeback effort after he didn’t finish his last race. NECK ‘N NECK (1), graded stakes winner, exits some tough fields, but may struggle at the distance. He has a good published workout over the track (WR). GOLDEN TICKET (4) may have needed the race last time, and should be a threat turning for home.
Race 6: BID RED CHARLIE (3) has two solid efforts at the distance on the dirt to be the main threat in this race. DR TURKMEN (5) displayed some tactical speed in his first two outings and throw out his last race going long. SHATHOOR (6) exits his best performance and cuts back in distance with early speed.
Race 7: The Giant Causeway Stakes
FREE AS A BIRD (12) loves to win as she goes for seven stakes wins in a row. AGELESS (4) hasn’t run since she ran second in the BC Turf Sprint, but she is a sharp close going on the grass. KATIE’S EYES (9) won her last two and has early speed. She has a good work from the gate in the morning (WR).
Race 8: SUPER HUMOR (3) is well-bred first time starter that runs for top connections and fast works. FLYING JIBE (10) gets a top rider in the irons to move forward. BON HEIR (11) should like the distance from off the pace.
Race 9: The Grade 1 Jenny Wiley Stakes
BALL DANCING (4) has three solid performances on the grass for a competitive turf outfit. FILIMBI (3) needed her last race, and should be tough second start off the long break. She has excellent grass form going long. HARD NOT TO LIKE (5) goes for four wins in a row.
Race 10: The Grade 3 Coolmore Lexington Stakes
DONWORTH (7) won impressively first time with a rough trip and TIZNOW colt well bred for the distance. COMFORT (2) exits a strong performance on the dirt from off the pace for the Pletcher stable. DIVINING ROD (1) ran third behind Blue Grass stakes winner in the Tampa Bay Derby, but distance is questionable.
Race 11: ARAQUEEL (7) broke his maiden first time out. The TAPIT colt should like the two turn distance and needs a clean trip. DANISH DYNAFORMER (10) has become a sharp closer and training well over this turf course in the morning. PATERNAL PRIDE (9) runs his best efforts on the grass to be tough in this spot.