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E.g., 2014-07-30

    Katie Mikolay Gensler

    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 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.

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

    Race 1: AGGRANDIZEMENT (4) really improved in his latest performance and now runs first time tag over the poly, which pedigree suggests he should like the change of surface.  NORTHEAST BOUND (2) may struggle with the distance, but good enough effort last time to improve today.  LINCOLN LAW (3) had a wide trip in his latest over the Turfway poly.  He runs with blinkers on and drops in for a tag.

    Picks 4-2-3


    Race 2:  PERDIDO BREW (3) has two second place efforts at the distance and returns fresh with a sharp work on 4/7.  L.A. FREEWAY (4) will turn back in distance for his first start off the claim.  CHOCTAW WON (2) has been training consistently for the last sixty days and should be part of the early pace.

    Picks 3-4-2


    Race 3:  GALLANT EAGLE (5) runs well fresh and has good form over synthetic footing.  SLICK PARDONED ME (2) won a starter allowance last time out at a shorter distance so distance a big question.  FIVE AFLEET (4) steps up class after an improved effort second start off the break.  He has one win at the distance to play in the exotics.

    Picks 5-2-4


    Race 4:  LEMON AND HONEY (5) can move forward off her latest performance plus she has a solid record at the distance.  FRAZIER’S PEGASUS (10) broke her maiden at Keeneland, and this could be the right spot for her as she drops in class.  GENEVA LAKE (3) has finished in the money for the last seven starts and should be a gimmicks player stalking the early pace.

    Picks 5-10-3


    Race 5:  CUMMINGS ROAD (6) has been competitive on the grass the last two starts and should be a tough customer with a brief freshening just off the pace.  GRAND ARCH (2) loves this turf and has solid works to be ready off the bench.  ADIOS NARDO (7) has seven wins on the grass and leads into the race in excellent form.

    Picks 6-2-7


    Race 6:  I’MBETTERTHANGOOD (8) ran second behind VINCEREMOS in one of his better efforts in five starts.  He runs with blinkers off and tries the poly first time.  NOBLE BIRD (10) faced winners first time out and should improve at second asking.  SPORTSCASTER (5) has sharp works since his last start and bred for the poly.

    Picks 8-10-5

    Race 7:  KALAMOS (7) has kept some nice company on the grass and needs the perfect trip from off the pace.  VILLANDRY (6) should like the post position for his first start of the year and runs well fresh at Keeneland.  HIS RACE TO WIN (5) exits a key race and runs for a sharp turf outfit to play underneath at 8-1 odds.

    Picks 7-6-5


    Race 8:  VIOLA (6) will take on easier company to help find his way back to the winner’s circle.  FULL OF INTENT (9) drops in class off a long layoff so tread lightly.  AGHAMORA (3) exits a sharp effort at the distance at Turfway.

    Picks 6-9-3




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