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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: BAFFOONERY (2) has two wins at the distance and shows his best form over synthetic footing to be a player at decent odds. BELIEF SYSTEM (5) has never raced on the poly, but exits a solid performance for solid connections. EXPLORING (3) leads into the race off a win and should be tough late.
Race 2: SPORTING GENT (1) moves up in class of a brief freshening for capable connections. There’s enough early pace in the race if he can relax early from the inside. RUNAWAY PEPPER (2) has early speed going long that should like the turn back in distance, but this dirt runner will be tested over the poly for the first time as he runs first start off the claim. PURE SOVEREIGNTY (12) needs to make a turnaround off a poor effort at low odds. He seems to run well at this level if he can get in a good position from the outside.
Race 3: NASHINDY (6) has been a solid runner since she broke her maiden over the Keeneland poly last April. She can advance in today’s race off an even effort in the KY Downs Ladies Turf Stakes last time. DRAMA DRAMA (3) may appreciate the longer distance compared to her last when she rallied late to finish runner-up behind grades stakes placed, IRE. AFFAIR DABBLER (1) hasn’t raced in over eight months, but plenty of works suggest she may be ready to face allowance optional claimers off the break. She could be tough off the pace with a sharp rider aboard.
Race 4: SEANS SILVERDANCER (11) should be on or near the lead for her second start off the layoff against easier competition. She has one win over the synthetic footing and three solid works to be a true player here. HOLIDAY BROAD (6) can be tough if she can handle the turn back in distance. She was claimed back into the Maker barn for same owners, which is usually a good sign. LA MALAGUENA (1) has tactical speed and may return to her best form over the softer footing.
Race 5: BRANDY’S SECRET (9) is no secret to the betting public with an outstanding win record especially against starter allowance foes. She is two for two over the Keeneland poly as well. AMBITONESS (7) most likely needed her last race off the long break and can be dangerous on her best days against this group. ALFEET LEXI (2) is a versatile filly that can make a turnaround off her latest performance with some class relief.
Race 6: GATOR ZONE (8) has never been off the board in five starts including a stakes victory. She ran well for her first start in seven months and appears to be a big threat from off the pace today. SPRING FORMAL (4) could get a decent set-up in front of her to save ground early and pounce late. TOTO COR (7) looks like the best of the early speed, but may have a tough time handling company on the frontend.
Race 7: EASY CHAIR (12) has good works including two solid works over the local surface to be a threat from the outside for a high percentage trainer with firsters (25%). LEMON DE ORO (11) seems to show early speed then fade quickly down the stretch. She gets first time Lasix and cuts back in distance. TIZ WINDY (5) made a late run over the CD dirt at first asking and should appreciate the extra distance.
Race 8: RIVER LEMON (3) has only won twice in his career, but has several performances finishing in the money. He catches a soft allowance field to be a major threat from off the pace at this longer distance. ONE GOLDEN ROAD (4) exits a troubled trip, which he was steadied at the quarter pole and still came flying late against similar company. GLOBAL EXPRESS (8) broke his maiden impressively at a slightly shorter distance over the grass.
Race 9: The Grade II Lexus Raven Run Stakes
CIAO BELLA LUNA (9) won the Beaumont Stakes last April at Keeneland. Filly didn’t break too sharply, but got the perfect trip. She makes her first start with a new trainer (18%) and returns off a layoff (17%) with a nice workout schedule. SILSITA (4) is a graded stakes winner that returns fresh for the Pletcher stable. She draws a nice post to be dangerous stalking the early pace. FINDING MORE (13) likes the distance and gets a sharp rider aboard.
Race 10: MUTASAAWY (9) ran well on the grass going long last time out. He seems to be breezing well and gets first time Lasix. MT TRONADOR (11) was only beat less than a few lengths with a wide trip and could move forward today. CAME TO BELIEVE (2) needs to relax early for a better trip this time out. His dam has produced several winners on the grass.