Joe Kristufek’s Ellis Park picks for Friday, July 14, 2017

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

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

Friday, July 14, 2017

Race 1

#4 Doctor Lee – Sneaky good in last couple; price is right for turf debut…taking a shot.

#2 Sekondi – Slow start cost him in grass debut; invades from Cali with purpose.

#1 Pontastic – Fits like a glove with this crew; must respect dangerous team.

#6 Guilty Streak – What you see is what you get; fits on the rise and decent on turf.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 4-2-1-6/3-5-7

Race 2

#3 Joey B – Chased some solid winners at Churchill; gets the edge on consistency.

#4 Awesome Fu – Better since adding blinkers; dangerous speed can wire ‘em.

#6 Bud’s Bayonet – Bet off the bench and tired a bet; screws tightened for this one.

#2 Bud’s Mr. B – Competitive this level; worth including in the gimmicks.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 3-4-6/2-7

Race 3

#4 High Diver – Entered over his head in recent starts; welcome return to dirt.

#8 Ellio – Eight-time winner usually runs his race; finds clear sailing from outside post.

#5 Kowboy Kody – Slow start cost him; stretches out to preferred distance here.

#1 Total Immersion – Veteran raced evenly with similar in last; can sneak a share today.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 4/8-5-1-2

Race 4

#7 Gold Room Scotty – Major improvement in last; fits well & might enjoy this turf trip.

#5 Dusty – Claim steps up a notch to test turf for the first time; reliable performer.

#2 Haynesome – Sliding down the class ladder; Buff tough with blinkers on.

#4 Distorted Ransom – Takes big drop for turf debut; lured Corey to the saddle.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 7-5-2-4-15-3-11-8

Race 5

#7 Cara Blythe – Has stepped up her game of late; speedy gal finds clear sailing.

#3 Naples Princess – Sharp closing 3rd in last; rounding into form for tough team.

#4 Noelle’s Mischief – Chased runaway winner in last; proved she belongs.

#1 Student Body – Schooled them in debut but failed follow-up test; tough to gauge.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 7-3-4-1/6-2-5

Race 6

#6 Model by Artie – Broke very slow in debut, but got back in the race; sleeper.

#3 No More Misery – Big time trouble in return run; flies under the radar here.

#2 Moonlit Garden – Deceivingly sharp run vs. legitimate foes off the bench in last.

#7 Cuddle Kitten – Has been knocking on the door for months; claim steps back up.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 6-3-2-7-8/4-5-1

Race 7

#3 Sharp Act – Rock solid performer should trip out; square price in very tough call.

#4 Toasting Master – Flattened a bit in return run; appreciates added ground.

#8 General Downs – Rounding into form; should take another solid step forward.

#2 Albano – Deceivingly good 4th behind solid trio; flies under the radar here.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 3-4-8-2-5-6-1-7

Race 8

#2 It’s a Date – ½ to Kentucky Derby runner-up Commanding Curve drops fresh.

#8 Susie’s Daddy – Drops in fresh off forward works; fits like a glove here.

#5 Desert Poem – Just missed two back on turf; disappointed slightly in follow-up.

#10 I’m With Miller – Decent runs on turf + tough team; must work a trip from outside.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 2-8-5-10/9-1-3-4-12-11