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    Katie Gensler

    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 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.

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    Thursday, October 19th, 2017

    Race 1:  IT’S THE TRUTH (3) should be forwardly placed from the gate to snatch her fifth win at the distance after two straight defeats against stakes company.  TURN TO REALITY (5) also a strong runner at the distance that may be the toughest late runner of the bunch.  C ISLANDSURPRISE (1) has been a major player at the claiming level.

    Picks 3-5-1

    Race 2:  AUNTIE’S THE ONE (4) has been training forwardly and may succeed today.  MARLINSPIKE (3) ran well on debut and nice work leading up to this race.  LITTLE CODE (6) should like the distance and improve in her second start on the grass.

    Picks 4-3-6

    Race 3:  CIARAN (8) is well bred ($210k KEE sales) and has a good series of works including a recent sharp 3f drill to be watch on debut.  MEILLEUR (2) exits a troubled trip and now competes at this maiden claiming first time with a clean trip.  PETE MARWICK (1) runs with blinkers off and steps down to run for a maiden tag first time.

    Picks 8-2-1

    Race 4:  KABELLA (9) may like the route distance in her second time out and she exits a tough maiden allowance race which HEAVENLY LOVE came back and won the G1 Alciabides.  MISS KATIE BUG (3) is well bred to handle the longer distance as she moves to the grass.   SAVOUR THE MOMENT (1) may continue to move forward at third asking if she can handle the rail after she had the outermost post last out.

    Picks 9-3-1

    Race 5:  NO RICHIE (1) was in a tough spot on the grass which he ran second behind the winner KID PERFECT came back and won an allowance race.  He runs first time gelding and make like the slightly further distance.  KITTEN’S SOLUTION (5) seems to be training well on the dirt to handle the transition and runs first time gelding as well.  NEAPOLITAN (9) appears to have speed as he makes his first career performance for a high percentage debut runner barn (16%). 

    Picks 1-5-9

    Race 6:  GIO’S CALLING (10) raced evenly in his latest and returns to his favorite course for a top turf outfit.  FIFTH TITLE (9) just missed with a rough trip at Kentucky Downs last out.  BINGO KITTEN (8) won his last three of four starts.  He moves up the ladder so make sure the price is right.

    Picks 10-9-8

    Race 7:  OSKAR BLUES (5) hopes to turnaround with the step down in class and new rider in the saddle.  LEOPOLD (2) never fired in the G3 Grey Stakes and attempts to bounce back against lesser company with a snappy 3/8th drill.  TRES EQUIS (6) has good works to shake things up early in his second start at the distance.

    Picks 5-2-6

    Race 8:  The G3 Sycamore Stakes

    FINAL COPY (1) leads into the race off several sharp performances and strong effort at the distance.  MANITOULIN (13) also enters into the race in top form including a victory last out four weeks ago.  He’s appears to a major player at the distance.  INFINITE WISDOM (9) may be the best with the early speed which he was the beaten favorite with a close second in the Laurel Turf Cup at the distance.

    Picks 1-13-9

    Race 9:  NASTY CRITTER (4) just missed in his latest and runs first off the claim (30%).  SPINNING SERVE (1) rallied late for the runner-up position at the wire and likely to improve at second asking.  CHARM OFFENSIVE (10) has plenty of works to be ready on debut and consider a top candidate at this level.

    Picks 4-1-10




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