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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.
Race 1: MR. PRANKSTER (1) raced evenly last time out for his first start in a couple of months. He can move forward in today’s opener. UPGRADE (5) return off a two month break and runs first time tag. He is the class of the race that won a race at the distance over this track. BLIND HOPE (2) runs first off the claim (28%) and has early speed, but doesn’t need the lead to be tough at this distance.
Race 2: ALL TALK (3) raced third on the turf first time out and has consistent works returning off a brief freshening to be tough at the lowest level of her career. SUNANDSEA (7) exits her best effort against a slightly easier field on the grass. ONE HOT KISS (11) could benefit from first time Lasix and runs for a maiden tag this time around.
Race 3: ISLET (11) has early speed, but may struggle with the distance. Filly is quite popular at the claiming box and runs first off the claim (33%) for sharp connections. ABELHA MAESTRA (10) is three for three at the distance and should be a player stalking. She won like a champ two starts back in a dirt sprint, but questionable on the poly? VAN GOGO GIRL (7) seems to be running well for new connections with two solid performances. She should like the turn back in distance if she can keep up.
Race 4: MEMA is a well-bred filly by UNBRIDLED’S SONG for a solid first time starter stable (16%). She has good works leading up to her debut performance. CRAB KEY (8) raced decent her first time out, but was given some time off. Possibly needed more time and has fast works over the local surface. SILVER FRAME (1) runs better at shorter distances, but may prefer the firm footing as oppose to the poly. She has the rail with blinkers off.
Race 5: GRIP HANDS (4) returns fresh and should be stalking from a middle post position. BELL BY THE RIDGE (8) does have two wins over synthetic footing, but his strongest efforts have been on the grass. He gets some class relief to help find his way back to the winner’s circle. WORKIN FOR HOPS (9) handled the polytrack well for his first start after the claim and could move forward if he can overcome the outside post.
Race 6: RUNKLE (12) has been solid in his career so far and exits a nice performance at the distance. Should be tough just off the pace with a sharp rider aboard. CATEGORY (2) was second best in a 7f race on the poly and should like the slightly shorter distance. SEAL SIX (9) has two siblings that are stakes winners and hopes to perform just as good. He makes his debut over the poly with consistent works to be ready.
Race 7: CELEBRITY STAR (1) was second in both of her starts and exits a key race. Solid contender from the rail. SHE BE KEENE (12) may have another wide trip from the outermost post, but leads in to this race with two decent efforts to be a threat against this group. MISS BROWN SUGAR (6) was a close third on the grass going short two starts back and rider lost his foot in the irons last time. Filly reunited with rider Mena.
Race 8: COOL COWBOY (1) won easy on the lead last time out and hopes to make another good impression against winners first time. He does have early speed on the rail to be tough from the gate. HIGH ROLL (4) also broke his maiden wire to wire on the poly then faced G3 stakes company in his latest. This is an easier spot for him to move forward as he turns back in distance. CHIPPEWAWHITECHIEF (5) should like the set-up with plenty of early pace to run into turning for home. He exits a win in the Mark McDermott Stakes over the Tapeta at PID.
Race 9: HONEY LAKE (1) leads into the race in the best form. She was able to run solid in back to back races on the turf at KD. TREE HUGGER (6) has the experience edge, but never won the turf. She could move forward off her latest effort. ALLEGHENY ANGEL (3) is well-bred 3yo filly that has never run this distance. She likes to run from off the pace and may be able to handle a mile and half.