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”.
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Thursday, September 14, 2017
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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