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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 KeenelandSelect.com.  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.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday, April 20th, 2018

1st Race

Race 1: INCLUDING ME (6) may be in the right spot to graduate on debut. Filly has some striking drills to give a second look and may be the lone speed if everything goes her way out the gate. MINE MINE MINE (2) should be plenty fit off the two-turn race and nice work over the track as she may continue to move forward. HUA MULAN (3) hopes to improve at second asking.

Picks 6-2-3

2nd Race

Race 2: ELECTRIC AVENUE (7) won at the distance impressively on debut and looks repeat that effort with a new rider aboard in a soft claiming race. FACTION CAT (1) competes at a lower level to show more with a top rider aboard as he makes his third start off layoff. CLASS WON (4) has four solid works since his last start and may like the return to a shorter distance.

Picks 7-1-4

3rd Race

Race 3: FORT PECK (4) could not catch the runaway winner, MY BOY LENNY, in his lone start and gets another chance to shine in today with first time Lasix and two solid works. NEW LEGEND (1) should like the cut back in distance after showing early speed, which tends to be a winning angle from capable barns. He ran third behind the second place finisher ALMITHMAR who came back to win at KEE. ANIMUS (3) may show more speed with blinkers on and a better draw for a hot barn this week.

Picks 4-1-3

4th Race

Race 4: GRAND CANDY (6) runs for the lowest claiming tag of his career off the break, but past KEE winner may be well spotted today for an unusually quiet barn. MR BENZ (2) hopes to offer more compared to last start while returning off brief freshening and his tactical speed may go a long way in this tougher spot. PRIME ISSUE (5) could be dangerous if breaks well unlike his last start to dismiss performance and throw into the mix at this class level.

Picks 6-2-5

5th Race

Race 5: CATUAGA COUNTY (2) appears to be training sharply for a big effort getting back to a dirt sprint and better post position to move forward at third asking. WARRIOR INSIDE (8) competes first off the claim after an unfortunate start when the jockey lost the whip, but managed to only get beat 2 ¾ lengths. He looks live for a hot barn this meet. OATER (1) exits a strong performance and should like the shorter distance if the long time maiden is at long odds.

Picks 2-8-1

6th Race

Race 6: VICTORY GARDEN (8) should be involved early on and appreciate more ground because she has the speed and stamina while she competes for a top-notch turf outfit. PLANS TO PROSPER (7) gave a sold performance at first asking on the turf and should move forward as long she likes the turn back in distance. She did end up wide around the second turn to reach third cross the wire. LESSONS FROM AVERY (10) seems to enjoy her lone effort on the wet turf last year. Horses from this stable have been firing on all cylinders and may be another one to watch at good odds.

Picks 8-7-10

7th Race

Race 7: AUNTIE’S THE ONE (3) was the beaten favorite against similar company earlier this meet and should advance with a race over the track for the McPeek stable. CLEVER SERVE (1) is a solid runner at the distance at any level plus seems to enjoy running in the Bluegrass. RAGING TOWN (4) has good works to surprise us all if she gives a stronger performance at an even further distance after she raced poorly going a flat mile at GP. Interesting move by capable connections to consider at long odds.

Picks 3-1-4

8th Race

Race 8: PATTERSON CROSS (4) ran a close second behind SADLERS JOY in the G2 Pan American and exits a rough performance in the G2 Mac Diarmida stakes to recover with a clean trip second start off the break. The 5yo has the highest Beyer in the field at the distance. DEEPLY UNDERVALUED (8) is a 5yo that broke his maiden at a similar and should be happy to get back to a marathon distance on the turf after a convincing fourth last out. PATRICKS DAY (2) has the experience running at the distance and recent form shows he’s ready to take a leap forward.

Picks 4-8-2

9th Race

Race 9: The Grade III Doubledogdare Stakes

VALADORNA (9) is talented filly that race second in the BC Juvenile Fillies in 2016 and has visited the winner’s circle three times since then including a victory in the Tiffany Lass. She likely needed a break after her last effort and should be ready to perform running fresh for the Casse stable. JENDA’S AGENDA (7) won at the distance with a gate to wire performance in her latest and hopefully can handle the other company on the frontend while moving up in class. MINES AND MAGIC (2) was second in the G2 Inside Information Stakes and may improve today, but distance may be struggle unless a change of tactics.

Picks 9-7-2

10th Race

Race 10: MAYBE WICKED (8) made a middle move too soon on debut going a flat mile on the turf. The well-bred filly may offer more at second asking for high percentage trainer Brad Cox today. CITY DAY (7) exits an ultra competitive MSW field with RUSHING FALL and DADDY IS A LEGEND. She gave a good account of herself with a third place effort and returns off the shelf to watch compete as a 3yo on the turf. STAVE (9) has been training sharply and has barn has been red hot this meet.

Picks 8-7-9