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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.

    Friday, October 6, 2017

    Friday, October 6th, 2017


    Race 1:  GIO GAME (4) should improve second attempt at the distance for the Casse barn.  MORE MOJO (2) is a well bred MORE THAN READY filly that should like the added distance with two even efforts going short.  ABSOLUTE (3) stretches out off an even performance going short at first asking for a capable barn.

    Picks 4-2-3

    Race 2:  DIAMOND DELIGHT (7) gets a new rider for his third start to get over the hump after two close seconds. ARIZONA (2) should enjoy the added distance for a top notch trainer on the grounds. YOUR SECRET’S SAFE (5) always get a piece in competitive maiden allowance races to throw into the mix.

    Picks 7-2-5

    Race 3: BURGAMEISTER (6) makes his third start in a few months with stalking ability to compete a soft condition claiming race and new rider in the reigns.  SIR DOUGLAS (1) has consistent works to be ready of the layoff and gets some class relief.  FLATTER THE QUEEN (2) exits a strong effort against similar and should improve today.

    Picks 6-1-2

    Race 4:  HOT YANKEE (7) has some decent works and early speed to be a contender in this spot.  BE A FACTOR (9) has several sharp efforts at similar levels and winning connections.  ANNOY (1) has performed well here in the past to deserve another look at long odds from the rail.

    Picks 7-9-1

    Race 5:  MAGICAL SKY (5) nearly succeeded in her latest effort to be a major player in today’s fifth.  ANOTHERTEQUILASHOT (7) exits a strong performance and has one of the best speed figures of the field in her last.  SAPPHIRE JUBILEE (1) makes her third career start and has a late turn of foot to consider from the Maker stable. 

    Picks 5-7-1

    Race 6: KINSLEY KISSES (5) flashed early speed going long and turns back in distance for the Pletcher barn.  READY TO CONFESS (6) should be up close early and may like the shorter distance with several sharp workouts in the last month to gear her up.  BLIP N’THE BYE (2) has done well at Keeneland and hopefully will fit as far as class goes with the right rider aboard Leparoux.

    Picks 5-6-2

    Race 7:  SURPRISE TWIST (4) raced well against allowance company at Saratoga and should be a factor today.  UNITED STAND (7) keeps showing up on the grass going long and should relish today.  HOLIDAY BONUS (2) exits a fourth in a stakes and several strong efforts on the grass prior for the sharp turf outfit Graham Motion stable.

    Picks 4-7-2

    Race 8:  The Grade II Phoenix

    WHITEMORE (11) has outstanding works at CD to be ready to snatch his first win at Keeneland.  LIMOUSINE LIBERAL (5) just missed in this race last year and should be forwardly placed to succeed in this spot after three straight victories including two graded stakes wins.  THREEFIVEINDIA (2) leads into this race in winning form in hopes to win his first graded stakes win for the high percentage trainer Chad Brown winning at 28% overall this year.

    Picks 11-5-2

    Race 9:  The Grade I Alcibiades

    KELLY’S HUMOR (7) hasn’t run a bad race yet to dismiss in this spot as she makes her second attempt at the distance.  BET SHE WINS (6) was an easy winner with an outside draw in the Arlington Washington Lassie.  PRINCESS WARRIOR (1) displayed tactical ability to break her maiden and earn a high speed figure at first asking for the McPeek barn.

    Picks 7-6-1

    Race 10: ST. LOUIE (8) likes to lay close and has a win at a similar distance plus he possesses some class to be the main contender in opening’s finale. HIHGLY PRIZED (4) loves to win this year and exits a fourth in the Laural Turf Cup with a rough trip to fit well here.  NEOCLASSIC (11) has been claimed several times, but not today against allowance company and a sharp effort last out.

    Picks 8-4-11 (Super High Five 8-4-11-w/all (9,12)




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