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    Katie Mikolay Gensler

    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.


    Wednesday, April 22, 2015

     

    Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

     

    Race 1:  WOOD MACHINE (2) should be a major player on or near the lead for a high percentage sprint outfit (34%).  The 3yo has been training sharply for a big effort in the opener (CL).  FRAT BOY (4) may prefer softer footing, but top connections condition this one with a good recent work over the local dirt.  JUNIOR BOY (3) is a very consistent sprinter at slightly shorter distances and he exits a win.

    Picks 2-4-3

     

    Race 2:  LAXFIELD ROAD (2) has fast works from the high percentage 2yo barn, Wes Ward’s stable.  WONDERFUL REMARK (2B) also competes for the Ward barn with quick drills including a bullet gate work on April 10th.  TESSIER (6) is a well-bred filly with sharp breezes.

    Picks 2-2B-6

     

    Race 3:  NOLANGRANT’SKITTEN (9) takes a big drop in class for the current leading owners.  The 7yo should be a major threat at this level at short odds.  VICTORY COURTS (10) ran fourth at the distance on the dirt in the past. Good effort and nice work ready for this spot.  FUZZY LOGIC (7) may prefer a shorter distance, but catches a soft field for a piece of pie.

    Picks 9-10-7

     

    Race 4:  OUT OF CONTEXT (8) drops in for a maiden tag second time out with blinkers on and sharp works (CL).  GLOBAL SLOWDOWN (6) should improve second time going route over the Keeneland dirt.  FIVE ONE THREE (1) runs first off the claim for high percentage connections (27%) and the added hood could help his chances. 

    Picks 8-6-1

     

    Race 5:  TASK FORCE GLORY (1A) finished fourth in the G3 Spiral Stakes and has good form on the turf.  OAK BROOK (2) should be tough lying close to the pace from the inside post.  GOO BIRD (3) broke his maiden on the grass and bred for longer distances on the turf.

    Picks 1A-2-3

     

    Race 6:  CHAPTER AND VERSE (2) should be tough from gate to wire with his early speed and he’s been training well since his troubled trip in his last race.  DANCE CHAMPION (5) was second behind back-to-back winner, DEMANDER, last time and should improve second time off the layoff.  RICH ‘N’ TUCK (7) can fire late if ready off the four-month layoff.

    Picks 2-5-7

     

    Race 7:  STELLARIS (5) ran well in her latest effort to improve second start this year and she has run second in two graded stakes races as a 3yo.  SABBATICAL (7) has great form going long on the turf.  MERI SHIKA (6) has won at the distance on the turf and she takes on easier company compared to last several starts.

    Picks 5-7-6

     

    Race 8:  CAN’T MISS (1) has early speed from the rail with a top rider retains the mount off the claim (28%).  CONSPIRED (5) has a bullet workout since her last race and runs with blinkers off.  JUMELAKA (12) has outside speed going short third start off the layoff.

    Picks 1-5-12

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