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    Katie Gensler

    Katie Mikolay Gensler's first exposure to racing came at a young age, attending Arlington Park with her family on weekends where she grew up in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. She has been a racing analyst for the last nine years and has worked at multiple racetracks across the country. She also has made special appearances on TVG Network, Fox Sports and NBC Sports. Katie has been a Paddock analyst for Keeneland since the 2013 Spring Meet. She’s also a weekly video blogger on As an advocate for fan education, Katie has teamed up with Horse Player Now to teach Horse Racing 101 and wagering to increase horse racing awareness.

    Thursday, October 26, 2017


    Thursday, October 26th, 2017

    Race 1:  KING OF ALL MEDIA (3) was close to victory in his latest and nice 3f drill to keep him fit and ready to face similar.  PERRO ROJO (7) exits one his best efforts to be a contender at decent odds.  HAY LISTEN UP (9) has finished in the money at this level for several starts and has some early speed.

    Picks 3-7-9

    Race 2:  UNCLE JERRY (6) may need a race or prefer a longer distance, but if the price is right then he may be worth a look from a sharp sprinter outfit.  OSO READY (7) should like the turn back in distance and better draw.  ROCK SHANDY (5) has some class and stalking ability as he makes his third start off the break.

    Picks 6-7-5

    Race 3:  ENRAGE (2) runs first time maiden tag and has a decent performance in a dirt sprint.  TIZ TOFFEE (1) has several flashy works for a debut runner to consider in this spot.  MEDLIN (12) rallied late to get beat a ½ length and tries for a repeat against tougher maidens today.

    Picks 2-1-12

    Race 4:  SHE’S GOT A SHOT (8) will try to make some noise competing first time at Keeneland with already proven decent dirt form.  MANY WATERS (7) tries dirt first time and should be plenty fit and ready.  KELLS (3) raced evenly on debut and expects to move forward second trip over the track at second asking.

    Picks 8-7-3

    Race 5:  IN THE MOOD (2) broke her maiden easily last time and training well leading up to another stellar performance sitting just off the pace from the outside.  OUR GIRL ABBY (7) also runs back after a maiden victory earlier this meet.  LUNARIS (8) won a few weeks back and competes first off the claim for capable connections.

    Picks 2-7-8

    Race 6: HIGH NORTH (12) was second at the distance after a bobbled start and should move forward today.  VICTORY LANE (8) also should improve second time going route and over the course.  RIDE A COMET (9) is well bred for the longer distance and hopefully behaves calmly pre-race to be ready for a leap forward today.

    Picks 12-8-9

    Race 7:  KASAQUI (5) exits a close second and has run against graded stakes for several starts.  This should be an easy task for him and he’s the one to beat.  THATCHER STREET (8) has run well at the distance and returns off a brief freshening to run well today.  DRAGON BAY (1) may give a bounce back performance with some class relief.

    Picks 5-8-1

    Race 8:  COVENANT (5) drops down a level after finished fourth in the Dogwood Stakes in a competitive field and should like the shorter distance.  MISS KENTUCKY (9) best efforts come in dirt sprints and should be dangerous from the gate.  GOLDEN DOMER (12) hopes to be as talented over an expected fast track and barn wins at 28% off the bench to be ready.

    Picks 5-9-12

    Race 9:  KITTEN SILVER (9) may have needed the race last and should improved with several decent performances on the turf going long already.  AMERICAN SEA (10) was second in a similar scenario and should be one of the main threats with jockey Santana aboard for Calumet Farms.  WAZZUP CHUCK (1A) really woke-up on the turf last out to watch closely at nice odds.

    Picks 9-10-1A




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