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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: SUITS MY FANCY (1) has been running well against tougher maiden allowance foes in the last three starts. Filly gets first time Lasix to help give her best effort here. GOLDEN ANNIE (2) will try two turns first time and should be forwardly placed from the gate likely to improve second time out. SILVER SUNDAY (8) has raced well in her career and training consistently to a move forward with some class relief.
Race 2: ADMIRAL PERRY (3) ran well in his most recent start in the With Anticipation Stakes and there’s more to see second start off the break in this spot. KEY TO POWER (2) leads into the race in top form and has multiple wins at the distance. DREAMING BLUE (5) dealt with traffic in his latest and ended up runner-up behind graded stakes winner DERBY KITTEN.
Race 3: GOSHEN HAWK (4) will return to a two-turn distance, which he has run decent at higher levels going long in the past. GLORIANA (5) has been making consecutive drops, but still no picture taken in six starts. Make sure the price is right on this one. ALLURE (6) was a late rallying third in her most recent start and will drop in class to help her snatch her first win at the distance.
Race 4: ORIENTATE EXPRESS (2) is well drawn in today’s race to do some damage as he cuts back in distance after showing speed over the AP poly last time out. TRULY AMAZING (9) runs back quickly after a win last weekend and go for two in a row stalking the pace. BIKER BOY (10) will take a chance in a quicker paced race after a win going a mile on the dirt at CD. Surface and distance are big questions for this 6yo.
Race 5: WEEKEND WISH (3) finished well at a similar distance over the Tapeta two starts back and seems to perform her best every other start to assume she will run well today. GO KITTEN GO (2) has been unpredictable lately, but has been in tougher fields. She was once a stakes contender, and will now compete first time tag. GINNY’S GREY (7) raced evenly in the mud last time out and should improve second start off the break over a fast track.
Race 6: RUSIANA (6) should be quick from the gate as she returns fresh for winning 2yo connections. SON OF DIXIE (9) was beat by a runaway winner his first time out. Colt deserves another chance from a high percentage trainer with second time starters. SEAL SIX (1) has several works to be fit and ready, but needs to overcome the inside post for a trainer usually quiet with debut runners. Colt has a lot of class in his pedigree.
Race 7: LILY THE PINK (6) has been doing well as a 5yo in some tough spots over the summer. She was an impressive winner here last fall and she’s very dangerous. NASHINDY (1) has won three of her four career starts and finished third in a competitive stakes event last time out. She looks like a player in her second start over the turf for top connections. SEA ISLAND (8) has a solid career, but most of her success comes over the dirt. She needs to run her “A” game if she wants to do some damage here.
Race 8: SNEAKY BLOWOUT (12) runs first off the claim after he was the beaten favorite at Saratoga. He has finished in the money several times against sharp maidens this past year. ALSHUJAA (8), a high purchased yearling at the Keeneland sales, should move forward at the distance today. GIFTED RULER (2) may be bred for longer distances, but has good works and a sharp rider aboard to give a look in the paddock.
Race 9: The Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes
MADAME GIRY (8) really enjoys competing in turf sprints and her last two efforts prove it. She’s one for one over the Keeneland lawn as she goes for three in a row against stakes competition. SWEET CASSIOPEIA (2) won the Giants Causeway Stakes in impressive fashion here last spring. She should like the return to the grass for her second start off the break. MAGICAL MOON (1) also has become a sharp turf sprinter especially in her last three starts to make her a big contender.
Race 10: TREND SETTER (9) steps down in class and wears blinkers with consistent works in the last thirty days to be the one to beat from this barn. SMILE DADDY (8) should happy to return to the softer footing and posted a sharp 3f drill on Oct. 4th. LIFE AT SEA (6) has fast works and catches a soft field to be a solid threat first time out at decent odds.