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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 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 KeenelandSelect.com. 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.
Friday, April 22, 2016
Race 1: TREE TOP LOVER (4) training well for a big comeback as he makes his four- year-old debut. SILVERTOWN (5) has quick works and runs first time gelding. CONQUEST NITRO (7) hopes for a better trip second time over the track with blinkers on.
Race 2: EXPLOSIVE VACATION (4) ran well at this level last time out and moves back to the dirt to be more of a threat. SEA LIGHT (3) gets some class relief for a hot barn on the grounds. BACK ROAD BELLAMY (2) may be in the right spot to perform well on debut for a 15% for first time starters.
Race 3: BIRDSTONE (2) could need a race off a few months layoff, but his “B” game may be enough to compete against this group. DYNABEAVER (4) just missed with a wide trip and may succeed in his third start off the break. YOLO MAN (3) may like the longer distance today.
Race 4: SENSUOUS PAT (1) won over the KEE main track last fall and exits a win over the synthetic footing. She gets Hall of Fame jockey Gary Stevens in the saddle for her return to KEE. CAPE CAROLINE (4) has the experience edge in this race and gets a top rider in the irons to move forward today. DEGREES OF FREEDOM (2) was impressive last time out when she broke her maiden and could be good enough at this level.
Race 5: INSPIRE COURAGE (4) should like the return to the dirt since he broke his maiden over it and ran well at KEE in the past. I’MBETTERTHANGOOD (3) just missed in his latest with a huge performance and could regress, but he has solid dirt form especially at KEE. BELLAMY RUN (1) runs with the added hood second start off the claim.
Race 6: TURF COMMANDER (6) won first time out on the grass and gets top rider to be tough from off the pace. SIR DUDLEY DIGGGES (1) exits a trouble trip and has early speed from the inside. KING’S PLAYER (11) returns fresh and first time gelding with good form on the grass plus his regular aboard.
Race 7: QUICK RELEASE (1) has early speed from the rail to be the one to catch turning for home with jockey Castellano in the irons. TOUCH AND SMILE (3) training well over the track to prove she’s just as good on the dirt as she was at Turfway over the synthetic. IVY BELL (2) exits a sharp maiden victory with an improved effort leading into today.
Race 8: SUNNYSAMMI (4) has been pretty consistent in turf sprints and ran well in her first start of the year. MELALEUCA (8) runs well off the layoff and runs with blinkers off. LATE SPRING (9) has class and ran fifth against stakes company. Barn has been hot this meet.
Race 9: The Grade III Doubledogdare Stakes
I’M A CHATTERBOX (2) is back and ready to prove she just as talented facing the older ladies. The graded stakeswinner has been training nicely in the morning ready to make a comeback. AHH CHOCOLATE (6) may be the biggest threat for the top contender with her class and a third place effort against stakes company last month to move forward today. WHITE CLOVER (7) runs well over the track and has early speed.
Race 10: MO’ MUNNINGS (6) leads into this race off a solid performance and should be dangerous with a cut back in distance. FORTY PURS (9) drops in class off the layoff with three works over the track. WAGON BOSS (2) gets some class relief to help him put it together and be the boss against these at 10-1 odds.