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Katie Mikolay Gensler's first exposure to racing came at a young age, attending Arlington Park with her family on weekends when she grew up in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. She has been the racing analyst at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans, Louisiana for the last three years. In addition to hosting the daily Churchill Downs Simulcast Network production of live Fair Grounds racing, Mikolay co-hosts the pre-race Fair Grounds Today show. She also contributes to FairGroundsRaceCourse.com as both a handicapper and blogger during the live Thoroughbred meeting and has made special appearances on HRTV and NBC Sports. During the summers, she performs similar duties at Presque Isle Downs in Erie, Pennsylvania for the 100-day race meet for the last five years. As an advocate for fan education, Katie has teamed up with America's Best Racing to teach wagering and produce racing 101 videos to increase horse racing awareness. She has been married to Thoroughbred horse trainer, Hank Gensler, for three years.
Race 1: ALLURE (8) competes third start off the break and picks up a sharp rider with some class relief to move forward in the opener. SAFE WORD (10) has a race over the track and should be on or near the lead for a better trip. SORTA SASSY (2) is sharp at the distance and should be stalking on the inside.
Race 2: SHUN (5) runs first off the claim for winning connections, but distance may be questionable for this gelding that should be forwardly placed from the gate. RIVENDELL (3) should like some class relief, but hasn’t won since last year here. Hopefully history repeats itself. SILVER DIB (4) has tactical speed and enters the race in top form.
Race 3: LIBERTY WING (6) shortens up in distance after his last two starts plus he has won at the distance STRAIGHT TOWN (2) should be dangerous stalking the early pace and likes the KEE poly. DON’T SLIP (3) could be a stretch threat as he runs first off the claim.
Race 4: HIGH WIRE KITTEN (2) is a well-bred turf filly that should like the added distance off a sharp second place performance over the local lawn. CURLINS QUEEN (7) made a late run in a slow pace race to finish a close third as the beaten favorite. TEMPER TOO (8) gets first time Lasix and should perform stronger this time with a fast 4f drill to be ready.
Race 5: RAPSCALLION (5) can be on or just off the pace for a good trip for a hot barn and drops in class. MONGOL BOSS (6) ran well here last April and just won his last start. STAR STREET (7) could be make a big impact down the stretch if ready for a barn overdue for a victory.
Race 6: ENCHANTING LISA (9) is the ½ sister to WISE DAN and SUCCESSFUL DAN and displayed tactical speed in her lightly raced career. KIPLING’S JOY (4) needs some pace to chase after a poor effort in a slow pace race last time out. Filly is sharp at the distance on the grass. PRAIA (8) has run second to graded stakes winner KITTEN’S DUMPLINGS in the past and exits a wide trip to make a turnaround against easier today.
Race 7: BELLE CHAUSSEE (6) broke her maiden the distance and the step down in class may help the filly find he way back to the winner’s circle. TAPIT’S WORLD (4) should appreciate the turn back in distance after showing early speed only to finish second going a flat mile. She makes her first start for a sharp barn with sprinters. BOOK CLUB (7) has an intriguing workout schedule since her last start. She was an impressive maiden allowance winner over the AP poly a 6f.
Race 8: EXOTHERMIC (4) was a late running third in his latest and can improve second time off the break with two moderate breezes to keep him sharp and ready. COZZETTI (6) has been consistent in the money, but hasn’t won in seven starts plus no wins at the distance to tread lightly. KLISZ (8) has three works since his last start when he finished a ½ length behind the winner with a troubled trip.
Race 9: The Grade II HAGYARD FAYETTE STAKES
WINNING CAUSE (9) is a horse for the course that ran a good prep going short over the KEE poly to gear up for a big performance going two turns for the Pletcher stable. WILCOZ INN (7) exits the Grade II Shadwell against WISE DAN and SILVERMAX. He ran decent against a tough group of horses and possesses tactical speed. FINNEGANS WAKE (6) returns fresh, but has been a consistent player to hit the board against graded stakes company in recent starts.
Race 10: ARTEMUS PROPERTY (2) gets some class relief and has been training well to snatch the finale today. TARDBIRD MISFITS (12) dealt with quick fractions on the frontend and was wide most of the way to offer more against maiden claiming company this time around. FEET’S AFIRE (8) managed to split horses and finished second at second asking. He could be good enough to throw into the mix at decent odds with a sharp rider picking up the mount.