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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.
Thursday, October 15th, 2013
Race 1: A THOUSAND WISHES (6) exits her best effort and highest speed figure in this field to be the one to beat. FORTUN (1) takes on lesser company for a better effort, but need to show more to be a threat. WINGED LADY (7) hopes for a stronger performance second time out with a bullet work.
Race 2: TIZZY BE HOT (5) returns fresh with some solid races under her belt this year and should sit just off the pace with a top rider aboard. CONSPIRED (6) has one win over the surface and possesses early speed to a player from the start. NO FLOWERS (1) has been a very consistent turf runner that drops in class and moves to the dirt at short odds.
Race 3: C’EST BON (3) makes her third start off the layoff for a peak effort with jockey Leparoux aboard. Filly ran well in her latest with a game second place finish. FORENSIC (4) is a longtime maiden that needs to win so make sure the price is right. STAR’S BELLA VITA (6) improved last time out showing more speed to be more of a threat at third asking.
Race 4: BON HEIR (7) should like the return to a dirt sprint after a bumped start in his latest. BUCKSKIN (5) has kept nice companythe past two starts in starter allowance races. She steps down in class to be dangerous, but she will take a lot of money. SMOOTH CARAMEL (2) has an impressive maiden victory last month as she moves up to face winners off the claim (23%).
Race 5: PLEASE DON’T FLASH (4) ran well with a sluggish start first time out that she should be sharper with fast works this time around. UNCLE WALTER (5) is an $85k purchased by the Ramsey’s that has several works to be fit and ready. EPIC JOURNEY (3) was purchased at the 2yo in training sales for $55k with consistent drills for an “epic” performance first time out.
Race 6: SKY FLIGHT (10) has a sharp work to bounce back after he was the beaten favorite against restricted stakes company. ULTIMO TRAGO (6) has been a consistent turf runner that makes his third start off the break with a strong record at the distance and the ability to be on or near the lead. FORWARD THINKER (1) exits a sharp performance and runs for a winning turf outfit (16%).
Race 7: WATERSHED (4) ran fourth behind stakeswinner, RUNHAPPY, last time out with a brief freshening with good works, however, needs to break sharper to win at the distance at even money. HOLLDING ACES (5) won first time out in a key race, which the runner-up, UNION JACKSON, came back to win impressively. TIZNOW RJ (7) was on the derby trail earlier this year and may run better as a sprinter.
Race 8: The Grade 3 Sycamore Stakes – CHARMING KITTEN (11) did not relax in his latest effort and should give a better effort in his third start off the break with his regular rider aboard. DA BIG HOSS (1) is the one to beat with back-to-back wins in his last two outings and leads into this race at the top of his game. PATRIOTICANDPROUD (3) returns fresh and can sit anywhere in the field for a comeback performance from top barn Casse.
Race 9: MAGICAL CONNECTION (4) should like turn back in distance with blinkers on for a new trainer off the claim. SAIL MAKER (7) has several solid efforts to be a threat if ready of the layoff. BLACK WATCH (6) drops in class after a faltering effort from a capable barn.