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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, April 28, 2017

    Race 1: INTERNET SUCCESS (8) runs first off the claim at 14% for the stable with a win last out and appears much the best in the spot.  SPANISH JUSTICE (5) has performed decent against higher priced claimers and biggest threat to top choice.  LEROI'S THRILL (3) possesses early speed and may hang on.  PICKS 8/5/3

    Race 2: BUY LOW SELL HIGH (6) has been a consistent runner this year and gets in light with the bug rider.  HIPPOLYTE (1) tries hard every time to be a serious contender in this race.  CANDRASA (3) just appears better than rest of the field to throw into the mix for a barn having a good meet.  PICKS 6/1/3

    Race 3:  READ THE CARDS (7) drops to the lowest level of his career and can fire off the bench.  SPECIAL JO (5) leads into this race in top form and exits a win in a starter allowance for new connections.  ICE CREAM TRUCK (6) won this race early earlier this meet going for the repeat.  PICKS 7/5/6

    Race 4: SOARING NOW (9) has the highest speed figures in this field and has been running against tougher maidens prior to a sharp effort on the grass against similar.  REWARD'S GIRL (8) exits an improved effort with a slight drop in class.  HEAVENLY LUCK (1) is the only 4yo in this race that tries a new distance.  PICKS 9/8/1

    Race 5: GAME FACTOR (7) has two solid efforts on the turf to be a major player on closing day.  JAUNT (6) went to the front with a outside draw to discount last race and has displayed talent in several attempts.  MERCY ANN (5) has a sharp 3f drill since he flashed early speed on debut and turns back in distance at second asking. PICKS 7/6/5

    Race 6: BAJAN CASH (1) needs a clean break and trip for a winning effort in a race full of early speed.  GOT IT (5) could be the quickest of them all and drops in class off the break to make sure the price is right.  LIFELONG DREAMER (3) just missed last meet and barn removes blinks with a good series of works.  PICKS 1/5/3

    Race 7: TISBURY (3) won impressively on the grass at the distance last month for top connections with turf runners. LILLY'S DREAM (11) has three wins heading into this race with solid efforts on the turf to belong in this spot.  PRIVATE CLIENT (7) is a well bred Kitten's Joy filly that makes her first start of the year with several impressive performances in competitive maiden allowance races last year.  PICKS 3/11/7

    Race 8: ENDURING HONOR (7) exits an improved effort and may continue to move forward for a capable trainer.  SILVERDOLLARDREAMS (4) has good form on the dirt going long and runs first off the claim at 28%.  FLEETWAY (2) moves down in class as he makes his second start over the track.  PICKS 7/4/2

    Race 9:  THE GRADE III BEWITCH STAKES – ARIES (6) has excellent form on the grass on the turf since arriving in the U.S.  and ran second behind SUFFUSED, a multiple graded stakes winner.  EARRING (4) also has been beat by SUFFUSE, but has displayed plenty of talent on the turf to belong on the spot on or near the lead.  INCHARGEOFME (1) hopes to improve with a clean trip in her second start over the grass this meet.  PICKS 6/4/1

    Race 10: MY MAN JAX (6) may appreciate the better post position and runs with blinkers off as he makes only his second lifetime start.  SILVER DEFENSE (1) has decent performances on the grass and tries a slightly further distance, but needs to get it done to tread lightly if well played at the windows.  ICONIC (12) is a well bred Paddy O'Prado colt with fast breezes that is one of several intriguing firsters in this final race of the meet.  Barn wins at 15% with first time starters.  PICKS 6/1/12  




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