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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.

    Saturday, October 14, 2017

    Saturday, October 14th, 2017

    Race 1:  DOS CUERNOS (4) was a late running second last out and takes on soft claimers to move forward today.  SMALL TOWN HERO (8) has the early speed and stamina to handle the distance and turn his recent form around.  CAIRN (2) leads into the race off a win and has displayed tactical speed to be a candidate today.

    Picks 4-8-2

    Race 2:  LIGHTNING DOVE (9) tackles a new distance, but she loves Keeneland and like the rider choice with Mike Smith.  PLAY THE BREAK (8) has tactical speed and good recent form if she can handle the move back to the dirt.  SHEA’S COOL (1) has a promising work to suggest she is ready off summer break and a threat late.

    Picks 9-8-1

    Race 3: LADY PETUNIA (4) runs first off the claim for a high percentage barn with a few decent efforts at the distance.  MISS BLUE DOT (5) hopes for a clean trip for her first race on the dirt going 3/4th of a mile.  BUNNY BOSS (12) could be the boss at this level at first time out for the hot barn on the grounds.

    Picks 4-5-12

    Race 4:  CRAWFORD (3) should improve in this spot today and sit just off the early pace.  CONQUEST WILDCAT (7) gets come major class relief with a good work to find his way back to the winner’s circle.  MUSICAL AMERICA (4) runs with blinkers off and a good work while back where he's back where he belongs, but distance may be an issue.

    Picks 3-7-4

    Race 5:  MOROCCO (1) is at the top of his game and may continue to dominate as he faces winners first time.  SPACE MOUNTAIN (2) hasn’t won in a while, but he’s been in a couple of starter allowance races facing tougher at Saratoga and this could be the right spot.  TAKEOFF (7) is well drawn and should take a leap forward on the stretch out to two turns. 

    Picks 1-2-7

    Race 6:  ROYAL CREED (8) exits a tough trip down the hill on the grass at Kentucky Down to give another chance for one of the top barns on the grounds.  The 2yo was purchased at the 2yo in training sales last April for $325k.  KILROY WAS HERE (7) raced wide in his lone start and may move forward today.  TWIN FARMS (1) is well bred for dirt sprints and draws the rail with blinkers on and a snappy drill over the surface. 

    Picks 8-7-1

    Race 7: BONDURANT (4) raced evenly in his first start in a few months and should like the return to a longer distance while competing over one of his favorite turf courses.  HIGH NOON RIDER (6) moves up to allowance company after a victory in his second start off the claim.  THE BULL (11) appears to have the speed and stamina with first time Lasix for his first start in the U.S.

    Picks 4-6-11

    Race 8:  TOO MUCH TIP (9) loves to win and may find her way back to the winner’s circle at this level with steady works and should lay close to the early pace.  SWING AND SWAY (2) has some of the best speed figures in this race and may run her best with Irad Ortiz picking up the mount.  PERFECT WIFE (5) will turn back in distance after showing some speed going long and has a versatile running style. 

    Picks 9-2-5

    Race 9:  The Grade 1 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup

    WUHEIDA (7) has faced some of the best fillies on the grass in Europe with several strong Group 1s performances.  She should be forwardly placed with one of her regular riders William Buick aboard for Godolphin Stables.  LA CORONEL (6) returns to her favorite turf course in hopes to win at the distance first time as she runs for the Oxley and Casse winning connections.  DADDYS LIL DARLING (3) won her latest in an impressive way to throw into the mix at 20-1 odds. 

    Picks 7-6-3

    Race 10:  SUCH A TEASE (1) exits her best effort with a quick work to be the one to beat.  BEE JERSEY (5) makes her first start in several months and may prefer a long distance, but has class to be dangerous at the right odds.  POWERFUL ALLY (8) may like the shorter distance today.

    Picks 1-5-8




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