Joe Kristufek’s picks for Ellis Park, Tuesday, July 4 (with links to other days’ selections)

Joe Kristufek also is the analyst at Churchill Downs and Kentucky Downs.

Joe Kristufek is Ellis Park’s new paddock analyst and morning-line odds-maker. Coady Photography

Selections provided by Ellis Park 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 racing fans. Follow on Twitter @JoeyDaKRacing

Selections subject to change due to scratches. Check program numbers for accuracy.

Printable PDF of Joe’s picks for Tuesday, July 4

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Printable PDF of Joe’s picks for Sunday, July 2

Printable PDF of Joe’s picks for Friday, July 7

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Race 1

#2 Proud to Live Free – Slow starts have been his undoing; finds a soft spot here.

#5 Perfect Cuppajoe – Finds clear sailing with blinkers on; it’s go time today.

#3 Jim’s Fever – Plenty of chances; experience works in his favor…maybe.

#6 Hansen Gone West – Claimed out of Poly 2nd; perfect, pressing trip with these.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 2-5-3-6-4/1

Race 2 

#4 Crowned Princess – Early stumble cost her. Adds blinks & drops another notch.

#3 Remember the Alimo – Tough loss in last; the one to beat for tough team.

#5 Fairybrook – What you see is what you get; today it might be good enough.

#2 Nautia – Adds blinks for dirt debut; pedigree suggests she’ll do just fine.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 4-3-5/2-6-7-1

Race 3 

#8 Crawford – Flashes of talent at Oaklawn; rested & ready for grassy dash debut.

#7 Junket – Freshened for first turf try; 2nd time blinkers…sure is capable with these.

#1 Iron Mane/#1a Indy Hill – Both halves of the entry proven over the trip; two for one.

#4 Pontifical – Chased toughie in last; adds blinks while trying to find his niche.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 8-7-1/4-2-3-6/5

Race 4

#2 La Jolla d’Oro – Blinkers off for seasonal debut; on edge vs. group she can handle.

#8 Cash Dance – Has run some big races; lured Corey for her first run of the year.

#9 Our Adieu – Battled better in last; welcomes the return to Henderson.

#6 Flyer’s Fantasy – Even efforts with better; gets a fresh start in this one.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 2/8-9-6-3-7-10-5

Race 5

#7 Eclipsed Moon — $400K buy debuts for red hot team; has been waiting for this.

#8 Fort Wise Treaty — $170K two-year-old in training purchase very ready for this test.

#1 Cash Kitten – Bred to mow the lawn for top team; must overcome outside post.

#2 Rushin Tothecircle – Sluggish start in debut run; Mr. Kenny’s other runner.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 7-8-1/2-5-11

Race 6 

#5 Charis – Romped in seasonal debut; takes a logical step up in class for this.

#9 Porridge – Sharp recent runs on synthetics; will that form covert to dirt?

#6 Jasmene – Cuts back for this; still trying to find here niche…gimmick player here.

#3 Bill’s Wealthygirl – Just missed in weak race for the level at CD; runs her race.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 5-9/6-3-2-1

Race 7 

#6 Stetson Gold – Well backed in failed debut last summer; gets a fresh start here.

#8 Mellwood Summer – Solid 2nd behind odds on winner in last; on the improve.

#1 Thirteen Songs – Keeps getting better; Brian sends her from the rail?

#2 Trivial – Debuts for Mr. Brad off a forward series of works; watch the tote.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 6-8-1-2/9-7-10

Race 8

#10 Go Navy Go – Major excuses with top company lst two; flies under the radar?

#6 Zambian – Consistent performer scored game win in last; go to whoa threat.

#1 Adventist – Found a home on grass; tough team sends ready…cozy rail post.

#9 Goats Town – No questioning his ability; gets a rare turf try for Coach and Robby.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 10-6-1-9-8/5-4-3-7

Race 9

#6 My Sugar – Eliminated at the start in last; drops into soft spot for tough team.

#7 Saratoga Ransom – Deceivingly decent turf run with much better in last; can do.

#2 Three Natty Patty – Decent efforts with better; gets first turf test for Jenks & John.

#5 My Ekati Princess – Does own a turf win…more than most of these can say.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 6/7-2-5-10-8-1-3