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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: FORT MORGAN (1A) gets some class relief to help his chances in celebrating a first victory. TWINING HEARTS (4) will drop tremendously from maiden allowance to maiden claiming for a winning trainer this meet. BILL OF RIGHTS (5) has early speed that should move forward in his second start over the track against lesser competition.
Race 2: NIEMI SAYS NO (3) raced evenly his first time out and should improve at second asking. STEEL GUITAR (7) should like the turn back in distance for his second start of the meet and he’s been good enough in sprints to fit against this field. TATTAGLIA (10) comes off a close second in the slop, which may have been a good conditioning race for the ROCKPORT HARBOR colt to move forward today.
Race 3: KINGSFORD DRIVE (2) won this exact race at a slightly longer distance earlier this meet to be the one to beat even if he regresses slightly off a big performance. VOODOO DOCTOR (3) was overmatched in his latest and will drop to a more suitable spot to be dangerous stalking the pace. OUTOFSITEOUTOFMIND (11) won here impressively last Fall, and exits a troubled trip with a bad break last time against tougher horses.
Race 4: OH CAROLE (2) should have enough speed to handle the shorter distance with jockey Leparoux aboard. COSTLY (7) runs back quickly after she won her second consecutive race. She should be forwardly placed from the gate for another sharp performance. SONG GIRL (1) is undefeated at Keeneland and does well at this level.
Race 5: SCREENPLAY (5) has been very consistent in starter handicap races at GP to step up against second level allowance company. He has tactical speed with multiple wins at the distance. POSITIVE SIDE (4) is a very talented horse that has been sharp off long breaks in the past to consider in the mix. CODE OF CONDUCT (1) won with a wide trip and moves up in class to repeat his latest.
Race 6: BARRIO BABY (9) makes his first attempt against allowance company for new connections. The 4yo has plenty of speed for team Ramsey/ Maker. LET’S GO BEN (7) also has speed with a win over the main track. He performs well every other race to figure in this spot. LE MANS (4) has two wins leading into this race and will try a tougher spot off a win over an off track.
Race 7: THREE HEARTS (2) is sharp 3yo filly that makes her third start off the break and has excellent form from off the pace over soft footing. ALWAYS KITTEN (12) seems to prefer the grass to the all-weather surfaces. She should be tough in an easier spot than her last two starts. RAVEN’S ROCKETTE (4) has finished in the money against similar foes and may move forward today.
Race 8: SUCCESSFUL DAN (1) is a hard knocking 7yo hoping to make a big comeback like his younger half-brother, WISE DAN. He’s a horse for the course that has been training well to snatch another graded stakes victory himself. BOISTEROUS (7) is turf runner with a solid resume and sharp performances at longer distances. RICHARD’S KID (5), a multi-million dollar winner, has lost his way a little, but happy to see he gets back to the poly to possibly perform better if the price is right.
Race 9: TANZSPIEL (4) ran well from off the pace to nearly catch the winner in her last and should move forward second start over the grass. IS MY KITTEN (9) improved in her last start for top-notch connections. GLORIUS CHANT (12) could break sharper for a better effort her second attempt on the grass.