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

E.g., 2014-07-30

    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.


    Sunday, April 6, 2014

    Race 1: DISSENSION (5) competes first off the claim after a second place performance in a $25k claiming race at Gulfstream.   Filly is sharp at the distance and race sets-up well for her to make one big run down the stretch.  FORGET THAT GAL (6) has early speed to be dangerous from the outside in a short field.  BLUE FORTY (3) wakes up on synthetic footing and should be a player at the distance on the Polytrack today. 

    Picks 5-6-3

     

    Race 2:  EXPECTING CASH (2) was beat by multiple stakeswinner, GANTRY, last time out in a stakes event.  The 6yo has switched barns and drops in class.  His solid turf form and class makes him the main threat in this bunch.  STRONG RESOLVE (4) has two wins over the surface for capable connections.  BRAT (5) has speed that may stick around for a piece in the end. 

    Picks 2-4-5

     

    Race 3:  SASUENO (3) did not perform well in his last start, but very fast-published workouts could mean he’s ready for a comeback against easier competition.  INFLATION TARGET (5) moves up in class, but has the best recent form in this group.  HANCHO (6) may improve with sharp rider Napravnik picking up the mount. 

    Picks 3-5-6

     

    Race 4:  IS SILVER GOOD (7) is a sharp closer that runs first off the claim for the Maker stable (23%).  EMOTIONAL STROLL (3) won impressively in his latest performance against slightly easier company.  He’s another with late speed to watch for in the stretch.   UCANCHANGETHENAME (5) runs with blinkers off to make a turnaround off his last two starts, which he was in for a higher price tag. 

    Picks 7-3-5

     

    Race 5:  TURF KITTEN (11) has two solid performances on the grass and has a versatile running style to be a contender from an outside draw.   XAVERIAN (7) was checked badly right before the first turn then made a late run going a mile on the grass.  WING FOOT (2) is on debut with a solid turf pedigree to be considered a threat on the turf competing for a hot barn.

    Picks 11-7-2

     

    Race 6:  FRAZIER’S PEGASUS (4) ran over his head last time out and competes second start of the layoff for a competitive barn.  THIS IS NICE (2) was second in key race at Gulfstream two starts back and came back in a highly competitive starter allowance race only to get beat.  WISENBOSSY (3) has early speed in a paceless race to make a turnaround and get lucky.

    Picks 4-2-3

     

    Race 7:  RELENTLESS SPIRIT (7) showed speed and faded in the mud first time out.  He returns as a 4yo ready to move forward over a fast track for sharp connections with the hot rider aboard.  LATE NIGHT LU (5) leads into the race in sharp form, but may want to go a longer distance.  FRANKLIN (4) has been training well, but needs to show more in his fifth attempt at the maiden allowance level. 

    Picks 7-5-4

     

    Race 8:  SHE’S JUSTIFIED (6) faces winners first time, but was impressive in breaking her maiden to be a contender for a sharp barn.  A LITTLE BIT SASSY (8) raced second against stakes company last time out in October.  Barn does well with horses off the bench and she has been training well.  PARTY NOW (12) may be compromised with the outermost post position, but has been consistent on the grass going long.

    Picks 6-8-12

     

    Race 9:  TAHOE WARRIOR (2) should be an early pacesetter to be a player from the start.  The veteran runner loves the track and tries hard every time.  FISH (7) competes in a race full of speed for a good trip from off the pace if ready off the layoff.  BERGMAN (8) could be tough as he drops in class, but may need a race.

    Picks 2-7-8

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