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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 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.

    Saturday, October 31, 2015

    Saturday, October 31st, 2015


    Race 1:  The Perryville Stakes – LEWY’S VAPORIZER (2) may be too quick to catch with a sharp rider aboard for a high percentage barn that does well with sprinters.  BAYERD (8) should be a solid threat from off the pace at 5-1 odds.  LORD COMMANDER (3) won over the track, but tread lightly if there’s rain in the forecast.

    Picks 2-8-3


    Race 2:  The Juvenile Dirt Sprint Stakes – DAN THE GO TO MAN (5) won convincingly to break his maiden to be one of the top contenders in this field.  SHEIKH OF SHEIKHS (4) is a serious threat from start to finish and one of three Ward trainees.  RICHIE THE BULL (10) could get a good trip from the outside for another score at KEE.

    Picks 5-4-10


    Race 3:  BC Juvenile Fillies – RACHEL’S VALENTINA (9) has been a sharp sprinter that should be tough going long is she anything like her multiple graded winning dam, RACHEL ALEXANDRA.  SONGBIRD (10) has back-to-back grade I wins, but will have to overcome the outside post.  NICKNAME (7) won over the slop in the Frizette Stakes to be a player with the expected wet forecast.

    Picks 9-10-7


    Race 4:  BC Turf Sprint – UNDRAFTED (3) hopes to repeat his win in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes.  He’s a major player turning for home with good works in preparation for a big return.  PURE SENSATION (1) has never lost at the distance with front running speed.  LADY SHIPMAN (5) was a disappointing second at 3-5 odds, but right move by the connections to test against graded stakes company with her consistency as she takes on the boys.

    Picks 3-1-5


    Race 5:  BC F&M Sprint – CAVORTING (14) needs to overcome the outside post, but she has tactical speed for a good chance to get her picture taken as she faces older classy ladies first time.  ARTEMIS AGROTERA (5) is certainly well rested after a year long layoff, she makes her third BC appearance with a good series of works for a high percentage barn off the bench.  DAME DOROTHY (2) has back-to-back GI wins and exits a good try after she lunged at the start.

    Picks 14-5-2

    Race 6:  BC F&M Turf – LEGATISSIMO (3) is one of the toughest Euros to beat this weekend.  She has excellent form on the grass going long with multiple Group 1’s victories.  STEPHANIE’S KITTEN (11) has been a solid closer on the turf and her last two starts suggests she can handle the wet turf.  HARD NOT TO LIKE (1) loved this course and should improve today plus jockey Velazquez back aboard.

    Picks 3-11-1


    Race 7:  BC Sprint – WILD DUDE (8) exits his most impressive effort to be a major player from Cali at 10-1 odds.  PRIVATE ZONE (13) has multiple wins at the distance and dangerous with powerful works in the morning.  RUNHAPPY (5) was one of the top winners of the recent KEE meet to consider in this spot.  Interesting note is that he has a super sharp 6f drill on Oct. 21st.

    Picks 8-13-5

    Race 8:  BC MILE - ESOTERIQUE (9) goes for three straight wins at the same distance and she appears strongest of the Euro shippers even facing the boys.  GRAND ARCH (1) seems sharp as ever with a spectacular win in a deep field last time out.  The 6yo dangerous tracking the pace.  TEPIN (7) dominated in the GI First Lady as she leads into the race in top form.

    Picks 9-1-7


    Race 9:  BRODY’S CAUSE (7) won the Breeders’ Futurity when he came charging from the outside and looks like he’ll continue to move forward in today’s event.  GREENPOINTCRUSADER (3) overcame a rough break to win the Champagne Stakes and high purchased ($575K) should handle the stretch out suggests his pedigree.  COCKED AND LOADED (5) has sharp breezes to be a danger at long odds with his experience and a win at the distance. 

    Picks 7-3-5


    Race 10:  GOLDEN HORN (1) exits an impressive performance winning the G1 Arc, and hopes to be the first Arc winner to win a BC race.  He should be forwardly placed for another solid trip depending on the turf conditions.  BIG BLUE KITTEN (7) makes a big run every time to be feared late in this spot.  THE PIZZA MAN (10) just missed in his latest and should be very tough with a race over the turf.

    Picks 1-7-10


    Race 11:  AMERICAN PHAROAH (4) ready to rebound off his last performance with nine weeks rest and sharp works.  He could be the controlling speed of this highly competitive field.  TONALIST (1) exits his best effort to win the Jockey Gold Cup second time and tough late if he gets good trip from the rail.  HONOR CODE (9) has a good chance to improve off his last start. Hopefully the deep closer can run them down late.

    Picks 4-1-9


    Race 12:  DR. FAGER’S GAL (8) should sit just off the early pace from the outside if she adapts to her new surroundings.  CLOTHES FALL OFF (6) has tactical speed to be a major player in the finale.  SWEET SUCCESS (2) exits a tougher field with a good work over the track and solid form over a wet dirt track.

    Picks 8-6-2




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