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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: TIU (2) runs back quickly and takes on easier competition to be tough with a clean trip for winning connections. TELECONFERENCE (4) should like the longer distance, but surface is a big question. NEW FOUND KING (1) is running in good form and may appreciate the extra distance third start off the break.
Race 2: PRADO DASH (2) is likely to improve second start off a long layoff for a capable barn. Hopefully there’s enough early pace for this turf runner to run late down the stretch. NIGHT PARTY (3) gets away from the rail and has early speed. TREASURED KITTEN (4) has won the last three out of five starts and figures to be a contender late in the race if he can keep up at this level.
Race 3: MCCOUGHTRY (4) should be able to handle the shorter distance with some early speed to be forwardly placed from the gate against this group. PAN DULCE (5) tries the poly first time with decent turf form and should move forward with some class relief. BELLA GRAY (12) broke her maiden last time out and moves up in class facing winners first time.
Race 4: IRISH SEA (4) has been impressive on the grass in his lightly raced career to be a major player moving on to the next allowance level. EARLY CROSSING (7) tries to compete against second level allowance foes for the second time in a row to show more with a return to his previous form. OVERWHELMING (8) needs a better pace scenario to run better than last time to be tough from off the pace.
Race 5: DIVE MEG (1) has been training well the last sixty days including a bullet work on October 10th. Barn wins at 17% with first time starters. JERRY LOVE (4) ran well first time over a synthetic surface and could improve off that performance. PRETTY SYRIE (5) has a sharp rider aboard for her debut performance for a high percentage trainer. She has plenty of works to suggests she will be fit at the distance.
Race 6: COMES THE DREAM (2) won last time out going three furlongs further than today’s distance. He leads into the race in sharp form and gets enough early pace to chase. FRAC DADDY (4) has been training fast since his last start and takes on a softer field to be a major threat stalking the pace. ALDOUS SNOW (5) returns off a brief freshening and has sold turf form.
Race 7: PICK OF THE LITTER (11) returns fresh with a decent effort over the local surface. Colt needs a clean getaway and overcome the outside post. HARD ACES (3) performs well at the distance and can move forward second start off the break. AUTOBAHN LEGEND (8) broke his maiden over a similar surface and the well-bred colt may be talented enough to compete against these if he repeats his latest.
Race 8: The Grade III Sycamore Stakes
RAHYSTRADA (6) is a hard knocking 9yo hoping to return to his previous form prior to getting beat in the AP Million last time out. He’s been given a brief break and could be a serious player stalking from a good draw. TEMERAINE (3) is one for one at the distance and published a bullet work on October 11th. SUNTRACER (5) is a consistent runner on the grass at the stakes level to make him tough to dismiss in the mix.
Race 9: SERVING TIME (5) won easy against slightly easier competition and has two wins over all-weather surfaces. MAYBELLE SLEW (4) competes first off the claim (33%) and makes her third start off the break. GOLDEN HAWK (12) is a late runner that could come flying late as she takes on lesser competition.