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Let our experts help you handicap the day's races at Keeneland. To see the analysis provided by each handicapper, choose a handicapper name on the left, then choose a date.

Please note that selections typically are available about 48 hours in advance of the race.

E.g., Friday, September 4, 2015

    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 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.

    Friday, April 10, 2015

    Friday, April 10th, 2015


    Race 1:  GIFT OF SENSE (1) ran well on the dirt in his last start and drops in class.  OLIWA (6) runs with blinkers on and tries two turns on the dirt first time in a soft maiden race from a capable barn.  STEPH GOT EVEN (4) showed early speed first time route and runs with blinkers to move forward today.

    Picks 1-6-4


    Race 2:  OAKS (3) broke her maiden at the distance and didn’t handle the slop very well last time.  DELILAHJANE (2) should like the added distance and the race sets up well for the late runner.   THE CONCEPTION (1) gets a top rider in the saddle to help her chances for a repeat effort of her last performance over the Keeneland dirt course.

    Picks 3-2-1


    Race 3:  GLOBAL SLOWDOWN (3) just missed as the favorite in his last race to be a serious threat from the Maker barn.  ALL THAT BRASS (5) tries a two turn distance first time for a high percentage barn.  READY MECKE (1) need a clean getaway and a good trip from off the pace this time around.

    Picks 3-5-1


    Race 4:  TAPKEE (4) may like the shorter distance on the grass for the Pletcher stable.  GRAND SKY (8) has been training for a better effort second time in a turf route.  COYOTE MOON (1) has a bullet work on April 2nd and runs on the grass first time for winning connections.

    Picks 4-8-1


    Race 5: GNARLEY HARLEY (4) finished second at the distance and barn will remove blinkers for a better trip.  MALIBU PARK (7) runs well at this level and main threat to top choice.  STAY TUNED (6) has plenty of works to be ready for a sharp trainer with first time starters (17%).

    Picks 4-7-6


    Race 6:  KEEP CROSSING (3) should improve second start off the break plus she has a good workout over the track (WR).  MILAM (5) runs well at the distance and good works leading up to her first start in several months.  DANCING HOUSE (1) has run well in several competitive fields, but may prefer softer footing. 


    Race 7:  PERFECT FLUTE (4) broke her maiden at the distance and well-bred turf filly returns off a brief freshening to be ready against winners for a sharp turf outfit.  ICE FESTIVAL (3) has the best form going long on the grass to be a contender in this solid field.  WATCH THIS CAT (8) is a serious stretch threat with jockey Mike Smith aboard.  She has sharp workout since her last start (WR).

    Picks 4-3-8


    Race 8:  SOCIAL ASSASIN (6) has a bullet work on April 6th to keep her sharp and ready at second asking.  TO BE DETERMINED (3) runs with blinkers off and well bred for the distance.  GASPARILLA INN (1) returns off a long layoff, but has the best effort at the distance and top rider aboard.

    Picks 6-3-1


    Race 9:  The Grade 1 Maker’s 46 Mile

    SUMMER FRONT (3) leads into the race at the top of his game and just missed in the G1 Kilroe Stakes last time out.  ZA APPROVAL (6) has been training well for a big effort to return to his old form.  JACK MILTON (7) has a wide trip in his latest performance and should improve second start off the layoff.

    Picks 3-6-7


    Race 10:  NORTHERN BOREALIS (9) drops in class and should be tough just off the pace from the outside.  GALLOPING DOMINO (5) has two wins over the track and a bullet work.  WEEKEND WISH (6) has a bullet work since his last start to be sharp and ready from off the pace.

    Picks 9-5-6






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