Joe Kristufek's Selections

Daily selections are provided by Kentucky Downs morning-line odds maker Joe Kristufek, who has an extensive background in the horse racing industry as an analyst, on-air talent and producer and fan development specialist. He is well recognized for his diverse handicapping skills and suggested wagering tactics and he loves interacting with all racing fans - from beginner to expert. His first inclination is to beat the favorite but he is also a big believer in “taking what the race gives you”.
Follow Joe on Twitter @JoeyDaKRacing

Selections subject to change due to scratches. Tune in to the simulcast show for the most up to the minute information. Check program numbers for accuracy.


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Click here for a printable version: joekyd091417

Race 1

4 Princess Drossie – Best efforts have been on turf; arrow pointing up, course may suit & price is right.
6 Queenofthepalace – Doesn’t win often, but she drops in on top of her game; finishes with punch.
3 Charming Clare – Disappointing AP race darkens her form money Maker; capable of much better.
10 Cinder – 2nd at this level last out at Toga; what you see is what you get and it might be enough.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 4-6-3-10-5-1

Race 2

7 Passion Plus – Sire was a Group 1 winner in France & dam earned $200K on turf; sneaky good?
10 Bridaled Temper – Sharp 2nd in debut; bred to eventually stretch out but looks super tough here.
14 Silla Manila – 2nd on dirt in career debut at Delaware; pedigree says born to dash on grass.
12 Bodega Bay – Her dam was a talented & versatile; Wilkes popping with more firsters.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 7-10-14-12-6-11

Race 3

2 Fifth Title – Naturally talented on turf; must prove he belongs here but the price will be right.
6 Icatiro – Claim returns at same level for Mr. Brad; hasn’t run on turf in a long time, but bred for it.
4 Vici – Grassy dash specialist is the model of consistency; may have a tactical advantage here.
1 Grand Candy – Has a Kentucky Downs win on his resume; sits a sweet trip and then pounces on ‘em.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 2-6-4-1-10-3

Race 4

11 Alinea – Her dam was a multiple graded stakes winner on turf; form darkened by off track debut.
1 Little Code – Closed well after bad start in debut; might relish the trip and the price will be right.
8 To Be Famous – Stepped up big time in first turf try; similar effort puts her right there against these.
16 Aircraft Carrier – Forced to scratch following paddock antics last week; certainly capable here.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 11-1-8-16-9-7

Race 5

10 Mambo At the Gym – Only has one race on grass, but he’s run some huge race vs. solid foes.
7 Tobias – Sharp 3rd this level on opening day; back quick and he seems to have an affinity for course.
4 California Swing – Finally broke maiden then won again; took his game to a new level with blinkers.
3 Musical America – Claimed for $40K out of near miss; gets first run on the deep closers.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 10-7-4-3-2-13

Race 6

4 Lion’s Share -- $550K 2-year-old in training purchase by Animal Kingdom ready to roll?
6 Royal Holiday – Ramsey + Ward + Ortiz + first time starter by Blame out of Kitten’s Joy mare.
7 Royal Creed -- $325K 2-year-old in training colt by promising young sire Jimmy Creed; sharp work tab.
10 Tap Daddy – Even 6th in career debut behind eventual graded stakes winner; might relish trip.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 4-6-7-10-2-1

Race 7

6 Loran’s Holiday – Overcame horrible start to win on Churchill turf two back; forgive Suffolk clunker?
15 La Sola Ranger – Powerful maiden breaker in Louisville & she held her own in New York too.
10 Noble Ready – Classy Clemente filly has been knocking on the door in minor stakes; drops in.
14 I Remember Mama – Made a very positive impression at Ellis Park; overlooked if gets in.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 6-15-10-14-1-3

Race 8 – The Franklin Simpson

8 Holiday Stone – Often outperforms his odds; will come rolling late into hot fractions at a price.
1 Secretary At War – Pace presser in routes should be able to sit chilly in sprint; might trip out from rail.
2 Major Munnings – Made quite and impression at Ellis; faces other speed & must prove he belongs.
9 Sonic Boom – Classy sophomore broke his maiden here last year; finds clear sailing on outside.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 8-1-2-9-4-5

Race 9 – The Ramsey Farm

4 Kitten’s Roar – Coming up short against some of the division’s best; Ken presents trophy to himself?
8 Daring Duchess – Better than ever and stamina isn’t an issue; could be a money Maker exacta.
7 Place des Vosges – Has developed nicely since last we saw her in Kentucky; gimmick player here.
2 Tricky Escape – Won grade 3 at Monmouth last out; should offer a square price amongst the giants.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 4/8-7-2-6-11

Race 10

3 Tiz Sardonic Joe -- $5K claim last September has been a win machine ever since; fits like a glove.
8 Forever Sure – Old timer has gotten his picture taken 21 times; claimed out of sharp Ellis score.
14 Woodman’s Luck – Tough loss in lone KYD try; begs for a fast pace to close into…dangerous kick.
6 Point After – Solid turf resume and fits well with these; consider in trifecta and superfecta equations.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 3-8-14/6-1-2