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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 KeenelandSelect.com. 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, October 11, 2017

    Wednesday, October 11, 2017

    Race 1:  LA MANTA GRIS (5) has raced against tough stakes company and won an allowance race at Saratoga to belong at this level with jockey Castellano.  YAHTZEE QUEEN (3) made a late run from far back to finish fifth and should improve today.  DOWNTOWN KITTEN (4) is undefeated going into this race. 

    Picks 5-3-4

    Race 2:  NUCLEAR OPTION (6) will run first time gelding with quick works and early speed.  JUST BLAZE (7) won easy at 5 ½ furlongs and should be serious threat as one of the main speedsters for a sharp sprinting stable.  STONEWALL BOY (5) won by ten lengths on debut while putting pressure on the early speed and appears to be training well over local surface.

    Picks 6-7-5

    Race 3:  CALL ME (1) is well bred for dirt sprints and has a good series to be ready on debut for a high percentage first time starter barn (18%).  MONTELEONE (5) displayed some tactical speed and should like the move to the dirt with nice drills over Belmont’s dirt course.  OUT OF HYDEING (7) has four works in the last month to be ready at first asking with jockey Castellano aboard.

    Picks 1-5-7

    Race 4:  FEARLESS MAJESTY (12) tries hard every time and fits well in this spot.  COME SE LLAMA (3) has won at Keeneland in the past and claimed several times.  He runs first off the claim and has early speed.  GOOD SAMURAI (1) leads into race in top form and also competes first off the claim.

    Picks 12-3-1

    Race 5:  DADDY IS A LEGEND (7) has displayed the ability to run on the turf with two solid efforts compared to others and one of the favorites in this spot.  BRIDALED TEMPER (12) may like the added distance for his third start on the grass for the hot barn on the grounds.  AD IN (10) is well bred for turf routes and hopefully with wake up in this scenario for honest connections.

    Picks 7-12-10

    Race 6:  C Z ROCKET (1) won on debut at Saratoga in a key race and moves up to the next spot to prove he’s worth the $800k that he was purchased at the sales.  LENSTAR (9) returns with blinkers on and jockey Saez aboard to get a piece.  SPEEDMEISTER (8) returns to his favorite track and likely to improve off his last performance for the high percentage Casse barn. 

    Picks 1-9-8

    Race 7:  The Grade III Jessamine Stakes

    RUSHING FALL (2) showed up in a big way to win her first start and the likely favorite against winners first time.  SUNNY SKIES (8) has turf breeding from top to bottom to finally get her chance to shine on the grass and improve off her last race at the distance.  LAYLA NOOR (13) broke her maiden at the distance on the turf and nice works leading up to this race.

    Picks 2-8-13

    Race 8:  NEAPOLITAN (8) runs for a low maiden claiming tag first time out and may be a serious threat or no threat at all.  WORTHY (12) may give us a stronger performance in his second attempt at the distance in a few months.  CRENSHAW (10) competes first off the claim for the Amoss barn (27%) in soft maiden claiming event.

    Picks 8-12-10

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