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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.

    Thursday, October 20, 2016

    Race 1:   SAMBROOK EDGE (3) tries again at the same level with a just missed effort last time out when she was dropped in class. She may get the job done this time at 4-1 odds.  DUNK A DIN (2) hopes for a clean trip at a lower maiden level to improve today.  GIOCOURAGEMENT (4) dueled with another foe to finish second best at the distance and may like the fast track.

    Picks 3-2-4


    Race 2:  KILLARNEY ROSE (4) has been running in good form against easier company elsewhere, but the top rider picks up the mount and blinkers off for the 5yo mare.  SEA LIGHT (6) broker her maiden over this course and adds the hood to be more focused thru out unlike her latest effort.  GURLIN (7) needs an honest pace to turn things around for sharp connections and a move back to the dirt. 

    Picks 4-6-7


    Race 3:  HEATH (2) loves the KEE turf course to be a serious threat with 2/2 record and has a versatile running style.  PERSONAL DIARY (7) has a solid resume, but been inconsistent.  She has been training well according to the clockers.  GAP YEAR (8) returns off a brief freshening drawn well to the outside. 

    Picks 2-7-8


    Race 4:  SAMSONIAN (2) has dangerous early speed to be tough from the gate as she once again runs first off the claim.  TIPTHETROLLEYGIRL (1) runs back at the same level after a poor effort and a bullet work since her latest.  COLONY CROSSING (4) will try to make a run turning for home after a fourth place performance against Indiana bred stakes company. 

    Picks 2-1-4


    Race 5:  DIAMONDS FOR LEAH (7) gets a top jockey in the saddle to move forward after flashing early speed in her latest on the turf and moves back to the dirt with a bullet work on October 14th.  FRONT ROW DEBBIE (4) just missed in her latest and hopes her turf form transfer back to the dirt.  VOUCH FOR KITTEN (1) also tries the dirt with blinkers on from the rail.

    Picks 7-4-1


    Race 6:  MY SWEET STELLA (6) exits a sharp second and a new rider in the irons hoping for improved effort possibly with a change of tactics.  ENGLISH DANCER (1) should like the slightly longer distance after she ran late to finish fourth last time out.  WILY (9) is a well bred son of STREET CRY that ran well last time out. 

    Picks 6-1-9


    Race 7:  TOTAL TAP (8) won impressively on debut, but will change surfaces to prove he’s just as good with some dirt pedigree.  SOCIETY BEAU (5) has been a consistent runner as a maiden that won last time out and faces winners first time with a last out win.  HOLIDAY BONUS (6) runs back quickly and runs with blinkers off.  

    Picks 8-5-6

    Race 8:  The Grade III Sycamore Stakes

    GREENGRASSOFYOMING (3) exits some tough races and has a solid win at the distance.  UP WITH THE BIRDS (5) won the G2 Nijinsky earlier this year and 6yo is the class of the race to be a serious threat down the stretch.  STREET FASHION (13) won his last race at the same distance on the turf at Saratoga and competes for high percentage turf trainer especially in high purse stakes. 

    Picks 3-5-13

    Race 9:  MUZZY ON THE MOVE (11) has an outside with sharp works for a 24% trainer with firsters to consider at long odds (10-1).  BETHEL WILDCAT (3) makes his debut with back to back bullets works for a capable barn.  SCARF IT DOWN (5) moves back to the dirt with some powerful works and one of the top riders picking up the mount.

    Picks 11-3-5




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