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    Katie Mikolay Gensler

    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 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.

    Friday, October 10, 2014

    Friday, October 10th, 2014


    Race 1: MAJESTIC SPRING (5) has consistent works to be fit and ready on debut in a soft maiden claiming race for a capable barn. MONEY TRIP (7) also should be tough first time out for a winning 2yo barn.  UNTIETHEKNOT (2) should be very dangerous running for a maiden tag after a close second place last outing.

    Picks 5-7-2


    Race 2: A.P. CORSAIR (1) runs first off the claim for the Maker stable (22%) and has early speed on the rail.  HIGHROLLER DAVE (5) is sharp at the distance as he goes for seven wins in a row.  HIGH MYSTERY (2) should improve second start off the break in a lower class level.  He has a fast bullet work on October 2nd.


    Race 3: SMOKIN AFTER FUN (3) drops in class and training well for a barn that won with a similar horse, ELEMONATE, on Wednesday.  KILTED (6) was the beaten favorite at the level last time and gives another try to be better than a runner-up.  ARTY’S CIGAR (1) has fast consistent works on debut.

    Picks 3-6-1


    Race 4:  SUMMER COCKTAIL (2) runs first time tag after an improved effort at second asking.  Nice 3f drill and filly wears blinkers first time.   MAGNOLIA STEEL (6) drops in the class after an even effort against MSW company.  KNOLL (4) may continue to move forward as she takes on lesser maidens.

    Picks 2-6-4


    Race 5:  STOCK YARD HEN (3) may enjoy the marathon distance on the grass for a hot barn.  SONGOFICEANDFIRE (6) is very consistent on the grass for a sharp turf outfit.  She’s well bred to have stamina to go the distance.  PRINCESS MARIAH (4) runs well on the grass, but nine furlongs may be her best distance and she will be the favorite. 

    Picks 3-6-4


    Race 6: INDYGO BO (3) moves to the dirt after he won first time out from off the pace in a race full of speed.  DOM THE BOMB (5) may be the speed of the speed with good works leading into this race for 33% winning stable.  SILVER RIDE (6) won from off the pace in a large field at first asking.  He should be tough turning for home at decent odds.

    Picks 3-5-6


    Race 7:  POWER PED (5) is sharp at the distance on the turf and exits a win off the layoff.  He has tactical speed to be a contender in this race.  DORSETT (3) only lost by 1-¼ lengths behind SEEK AGAIN in the Fourstardave Stakes last August.  He should be dangerous stepping down from graded stakes company.  MARINE PATROL (11) needs a clean trip third start off the break. 

    Picks 5-3-11


    Race 8:  WAGING WAR (7) ran fifth behind a runaway winner that came back to win the Kip Deville Stakes.  He returns fresh with fast works to do some damage today.  RISK PARITY (2) has early speed on the inside and should like the turn back in distance.  BOTTOM LINE (10) raced evenly first time out and may improve second time out at a longer distance.

    Picks 7-2-10


    Race 9:  The Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes

    AGELESS (2) is a sharp sprinter that leads into the race at the top of her game.  She ran well against graded stakes company her last two starts including a win in the G3 Royal North Stakes, and she won the Giants Causeway last spring here. FREE AS A BIRD (12) has won her last five out of six starts and loves the distance on the turf.  SKY TREASURE (1) returns fresh, but may prefer a slightly longer distance. 

    Picks 2-12-1


    Race 10:  GHOSTWALKING (2) should like the shortening in distance at this claiming level.  MUAZZAZ (1) has early speed on the rail and goes for three wins in a row, but moves back to the dirt, which may not be his preferred surface so watch the board.  He has a published workout over the dirt. MIRACULOUSMO (10) won at CD last time out and is a solid threat from off the pace.

    Picks 2-1-10




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