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Please note that selections typically are available about 48 hours in advance of the race.

E.g., 2014-04-23

    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 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.


    Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    Race 1: DYNAMIC ROYAL (9) has won at the distance on the poly at AP.  He should improve second time over the track and off the layoff.  MOVING WEST (1) was pinched at the start last time out at this level.  The 6yo will make his second attempt over the track hoping for a clean getaway.  CANTINERO (4) returns off a short freshening that runs well on the grass.  Barn switches to an experience rider for the score.

    Picks 9-1-4

     

    Race 2: RISK AND RETURN (9) should improve at second asking for a high percentage trainer (40%).  THAT’S A KITTEN (7) ran well in his latest performance.  He has consistent works gearing up for a big effort.  MR. SWAGGER (5) draws a better post as he makes his second start over the track. 

    Picks 9-7-5

     

    Race 3:  NEWFOUND ZAPPER (12) drops in class and barn switches riders as he makes his second start of the meet.  QUIETDETERMINATION (11) runs first off the claim after winning his last two starts.  The hard knocking 8yo gelding has seven career wins and runs well at longer distances.  I AM THE KING (7) has a good series of works to run well off the shelf with hot rider Stewart Elliott aboard.

    Picks 12-11-7

     

    Race 4:  MISSZIPPITYSLEWDA (9) has never been worse than second in her lightly raced career and should be able to sit just off the pace if she handles the grass likes she does the dirt.  SPUN SILKY (10) should improve second start off the layoff to make her a serious threat down the stretch.  JAMIACAN SMOKE (3) is the class of the race that should enjoy the shorter distance if she likes the turf.

    Picks 9-10-3

     

    Race 5: FIFTY SHADES (7) faces older horses for the first time, but talented colt should be a contender just off the pace for a top notch stable with jockey Napravnik in the irons.  EL ZOHAN (3) has two sharp performances over the synthetic footing and should be tough lying close to the pace.  CHARISMATIC PULPIT (5) needed the last race off the long break and should be a threat this time around.

    Picks 7-3-5

     

    Race 6:  VALSEUSE (11) has run well against 3yo fillies in the past including a fourth place effort behind Ashland stakes winner ROOM SERVICE.  She has good works and returns fresh.  SEA QUEEN (2) is a talented filly that steadied at the start in her latest, but with a clean break she can be a serious customer.  PASSING PFAST (5) is a well-bred filly for the grass that won her first time out and now runs for a hot barn this meet.

    Picks 11-2-5

     

    Race 7:  CRISSY FIELD (3) should like the shortening in distance for his second time over the track.  MY MERRY WAY (7) has consistent drills for a strong effort off the layoff.  DOODLE’S CANDY (11) is a CANDY RIDE filly on debut with Napravnik in the saddle.  She has a good series of works including a sharp 3f drill on 4/19.

    Picks 3-7-11

     

    Race 8:  CHAT (7) is a well-bred DYNAFORMER filly that makes her 4yo debut for a solid turf outfit and sharp works in the a.m.  SILVERY STARLET (1) was sold for $1 million at the Keeneland sales in 2011.  She won her first time out at the distance on the grass.  PINK NIGHTIE (9) may struggle with an outside draw, but she was an impressive winner on the grass at Tampa Bay Downs.

    Picks 7-1-9

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