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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: STREET WALKIN (4) steps down in class to help his chances in finding the winner’s circle. CAMILLE GREY (2) should be tough on or near the lead with a brief freshening. SPOONFULOFSUGAR (5) may struggle at the distance, but filly could be a major player with early speed.
Race 2: TY BOO (5) has two solid performances at the distance that was beat by a runaway winner in his latest. BARN STORMER (1) has been consistent in recent starts competing over a similar surface. DEHERE ON TOUR (7) will move up in class, but has three starts in the money for the new connections to consider in this spot.
Race 3: GENEVA LAKE (3) exits her best performance at the distance. She switches barns and runs with blinkers off. MAKIN MO LOVE (2) can improve off her last effort. BLUEGRASS ZIGGY (1) gets some class relief since her last start and picks up a sharp rider second start off the layoff.
Race 4: COOL C NOTE (7) should be a major player off his latest performance over the local surface. HA LONG BAY (8) exits a wide trip from an outside post and hopes for a better effort with a better draw. MAGICAL MOMENT (12) has been tough at the distance in the past and exits a solid effort at Keeneland.
Race 5: LA STUPENDA (1) goes for a repeat at a slightly longer distance at a higher class. ROMAN INNOCENCE (4) has decent synthetic form, but at shorter distances. BASILIO’S THUNDER (2) has run well at this level on the grass and has a sharp work leading up to this race.
Race 6: CAGE FIGHTER (4) runs first off the claim for winning connections with a second place finish on the grass two starts back. GRAND GIANT (1) is a longtime veteran to give a closer look if the price is right. He’s been running well for the new barn in recent starts. PEACE TALK (2) has two decent efforts from off the pace at the distance.
Race 7: SPANGLED BANNER (7) exits a competitive maiden allowance field on the grass with a strong workout in the a.m. to handle the poly first time. STREETHOMEALABAMA (12) was the beaten favorite against similar in her latest at Keeneland. She may deserve another chance in this spot with a stronger effort over the poly. BETH ANN’S KITTEN (2) closed with a rush in a slow pace race last time out and may like the added distance.
Race 8: MARINE PATROL (8) was an impressive maiden winner on the grass at CD and hopes to run just as well from off the pace against winners first time. BINGO KITTEN (11) was slow from the gate, but still manage to stalk the pace early and win. Another Catalano-trained 3yo to watch in this field. CHAIRMAN GAREY (10) dealt with traffic down the stretch in his latest and could be more of a threat with a clean trip today.
Race 9: STROKE (1) has plenty of speed and stamina to handle this distance against easier company. COSTLY KING (3) is sharp at the distance. NOTORIETY (11) exits his best performance and gets a capable rider aboard second time over the track.