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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.

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    Wednesday, April 12th, 2017


    Race 1:  BANGLE (6) has two decent works over the track and it’s tough to stop the top two-year-old trainer in this spot.   McERIN (4) is another Ward trainee that merits credit from this barn.  CROSSFIRE (3) has plenty of works to be fit at first asking from capable barn.

    Picks 6-4-3


    Rae 2:  BOTTLE WALK (6) should be forwardly placed from the gate for a winning effort, as he’s the one beat with jockey Leparoux aboard.  ALTA RITA (2) may improve off his last to be a contender.  ACTIVE RUNNER (1) possesses early speed to from the rail, but can he go the distance?

    Picks 6-2-1


    Race 3:  FRONTLINER (8) faced ALWAYS DREAMING, the eventual Florida Derby winner, in his debut and another tough field last time.  The first time gelding runs with blinkers on and drops in class to fit here.  MAXIMUS DAN (2) draws an inside post to improve at second asking.  LUTHER D (4) ran second behind a runaway winner on debut and barn removes blinkers with jockey Saez aboard.

    Picks 8-2-4


    Race 4:  SECEDE (2) ran well for her first start of the year and hopes to move forward at a longer distance with a change of tactics with top turf rider Leparoux in the irons.  EMPRESSOF THE NILE (6) raced best on the grass to be a major player on the turf.  UNION WAY (8) exits a wide trip and hopes to perform well off a brief freshening.

    Picks 2-6-8


    Race 5:  CCED (7) makes third start off a lengthy layoff to improve today and could be the controlling early pace in this race.  WALKABOUT (8) exits some tough fields to be the one to beat if ready off winter break.  FACTORY OF FAITH (6) moves back to the dirt for step forward while moving down in class where she belongs.

    Picks 7-8-6


    Race 6:  EXCITATIONS (5) cuts back in distance after all three career starts have been solid including a close second behind eventual Louisiana Derby winner GIRVIN.  OUR STORMIN NORMAN (3) broke his maiden over the Keeneland main track at today’s distance and had to face graded stakeswinner GUNNEVERA in his latest.  He has nice works to be ready off layoff.  DIAMOND JIM (8) has a sharp work since he broke his maiden at GP.

    Picks 5-3-8


    Race 7:  KASSEOPIA (6) has won at the distance across the pond to handle the cut back for his second start off the long break and gets jockey Leparoux in the saddle.  COMMEND (11) has displayed a lot of talent on the grass and nice series of works from a high percentage turf outfit to be a player.  ALASAAL (4) is the one to catch with his early running style and two sharp performances on the grass.

    Picks 6-11-4


    Race 8:  DOLL FACE (8) drops in class with a bullet work over the track.  PELONCILLO (7) turns back in distance while getting some class relief and a top rider in the irons.  FLATTER CHATTER (10) exits a strong performance while moving back to the dirt.

    Picks 8-7-10




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