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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.

    Saturday, April 22, 2017

    Saturday, April 22nd, 2017


    Race 1: HIGH STREET (2) is on debut in a soft maiden-claiming race with plenty of works to be a contender at first asking.  STAY SPICY (6) should like the distance and gets some class relief to help her find her way to the winner’s circle. AWESOMETASTIC (3) cuts back in distance after showing speed last time against tougher group of maidens.

    Picks 2-6-3


    Race 2:  MESOMA (2) should sit just of the early pace at a further distance that he has won at in the past.  FORT ACRES (3) won at the distance this season and makes his second start while moving up in class.  MALIBU SUNSET (7) is assumed that he had a minor setback, but he’s displayed talent back then and training well to throw into the mix.

    Picks 2-3-7


    Race 3:  LIMOUSINE LIBERAL (4) exits the Commonwealth Stakes as he makes his second start over the track against third level allowance company.  SILVER RIDE (6) is a proven sharp dirt sprinter that will be a major player from the gate.  NO HIDING PLACE (1) returns off the bench with inside speed to be threat on or near the lead if ready.

    Picks 4-6-1


    Race 4:  PRINCESS DINAH (5) is one of several that exits the same race over this track, which she finished the best by just missing by a head for the win and longer distance should suit her well.  BLONDE IN THE CITY (3) makes her second start over the track with a bad start and dull effort last time and should move forward with a slight drop in class.  GINGER STONE (1) rallied late for fourth in the same race as top choice and another that could improve for hot connections.

    Picks 5-3-1


    Race 5:  FLIPCUP (1) has been in some tough stakes races in the past and has won with an inside post as well.  He runs for a sharp conditioner with turf runners with good series of works to be ready today. BITTY KITTY (5) enjoys running at Keeneland to be a threat down the stretch at this level.  SHELBYSMILE (6) loves to win and returns off winter break to throw into the mix.

    Picks 1-5-6


    Race 6:  MEANTIME (7) has been in some competitive maiden allowance races at Gulfstream and will be the one beat if he likes the distance.  TAPSOLUTE (4) may like the further distance for his fifth time up to bat.  VANDELAY (5) is well bred for the longer distance to be a threat with a change in tactics.

    Picks 7-4-5


    Race 7:  WESTFEST (6) should improve second start off the long layoff with a better draw. TOWN CLASSIC (7) needed his last race and training well over the dirt to consider at decent odds.  ENTERTAINER (1) tries a new distance, which would be key for unsuccessful colt with jockey Leparoux aboard. 

    Picks 6-7-1


    Race 8:  AQUAMARINE (6) has been in California in some tough spots and has some tactical speed to be a player now in the Midwest.  BAM BAM BRYAN (5) made it look easy in a field of eight La breds to break his maiden on debut.  LENSTAR (3) was victories once facing a short field last time out and now faces winner first time. 

    Picks 6-5-3


    Race 9:  The Grade II Elkhorn Stakes

    BIGGER PICTURE (5) has been running so well for the last year and may have if he didn’t loose his whip last time out.  He has good works and drawn well for another outstanding performance from off the early pace and he is one of four Maker trainees.  RED RIFLE (3) ran well off the layoff in a key race and like the move up in class for the Pletcher barn.  ITSINTHEPOST (4) needs to prove if he can run outside of California, but he leads into this at the top of his game and a win at the distance.

    Picks 5-3-4


    Race 10:  AWESTRUCK (2) will be plenty fit to shorten up in distance and graduate today.  GOLDEN DOMER (7) raced evenly on debut and should move forward in this spot with first time Lasix.  DREAMIN OF DELLA (3) has some intriguing works to be special first time out for a barn that already has one win with a firster this meet.

    Picks 2-7-3




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