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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.
Friday, October 9th, 2015
Race 1: BROWN EYED ADY (4) exits a strong effort to be a major player against this group. KENTUCKY DREAMER (2) drops in class and runs first time tag with early speed. EVER ARCH (6) may need a race with only a few drills, but barn winning at 40% from 10 first time starters this year.
Race 2: ARTSY (2) should tough from the gate, and she has won over this track. EILEEN EVELYN (1) should be tough from off the pace as she leads into the race in top form. LOVE BULLET (7) runs for a capable trainer with stalking ability, but needs to make a turnaround from last start.
Race 3: DANCE ELECTRIC (4) makes her second career start with a drop in class and tries the dirt first time. Barn wins at14% second time out as she runs in a soft maiden race. COLD DISH (5) improved position late in a key race last time out as she runs for a capable barn and runs first time maiden tag. ADOPT A KITTEN (1) needs to show more, but she has two evenly raced efforts.
Race 4: THIRTEEN ARROWS (3) could be the best of the early speed with three sharp works including a solid drill over KEE dirt (WR). THANK YOU MARYLOU (4) is the class of this field and should move forward second start the layoff. UNBRIDLEDEXPLOSION (5) training sharply and contender stalking the early pace with blinkers on.
Race 5: MY DUTCHESS KATE (6) exits her best effort, which was on the dirt and should improve at a lower maiden level if she can handle the distance. LA MAJESTIQUE (1) is a longtime maiden that has run these longer distances, and has decent dirt form. CARRYSAYSITBEST (4) takes on lesser for her second start going long after an even effort.
Race 6: WAR STROLL (3) gets first time Lasix after a decent effort against maiden allowance foes at Saratoga and should be a nice price. METAL MAGIC (9) has been the beaten favorite for three starts, but still dangerous and should like the added distance. SPEZIA (8) was purchased for $400k at the sales to run better with Lasix at a slightly longer distance, which he’s well bred for 6 1/2f.
Race 7: STREET STRATEGY (4) should be on or near the lead for another sharp performance. He’s very consistent and barn can get them ready off the bench (22%). NECK ‘N NECK (5) is a classy 6yo with a graded stakes win last time out and nice work over the track (WR). PABLO DEL MONTE (3) also full of class, but does his best work as a sprinter.
Race 8: MISS COBBLESTONE (3) hopefully runs well off a brief freshening for a high percentage barn with two decent efforts against tougher at Saratoga. SWEPT UP (6) returns fresh with the ability to stalk with a new rider aboard. NATURAL WONDER (10) training forwardly (WR) for a big effort facing winners first time in a soft condition allowance race.
Race 9: The Buffalo Trace Franklin County Stakes
LADY SHIPMAN (4) is the one to beat with her impressive front running style on the grass and she’s sharp at the distance going for five wins in a row. FREE AS A BIRD (6) is a very consistent on the turf with her later running ability, and also dangerous at decent odds. AGELESS (5) rounds off the trio of top contenders in the feature to watch and she runs well over this turf course with good form over an off track if it rains.
Race 10: DISTORTED CHAMP (8) makes her debut as a 4yo with a good series of works, a top rider in the irons, and high percentage barn with first time starters (15%). MAKE THE SUN SHINE (9) runs better over the synthetic footing, but barn’s red hot and exits her best effort. THAT’S WHY (10) ran well on debut at CD and moves up in class for a capable barn.