Joe Kristufek’s Ellis Park picks for Friday, Aug. 25

Joe Kristufek is Ellis Park’s 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

Printable PDF of Joe’s picks for Friday, Aug. 25

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

Friday, August 25, 2017

Race 1

#4 Family Label – Strong close to earn the show dough last out; tough to deny late.

#6 Numbers Game – Caught late in last; should enjoy perfect, pressing trip here.

#2 Insidious – Guns from the gate in turf debut; employs hot bug rider from rail.

#1 Prose in Motion – Turf influences in pedigree and sneaky good works; maybe.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 4-6-2/1-5-8

Race 2

#1 Catanova – Game win here two back; on top of his game and the price is right.

#5 Rhythm Park – Doesn’t miss a beat; go to whoa threat could win yet another race.

#2 Ironclad – Close 4th in key race in last; in position to do some damage down the lane.

#6 Royal Blessing – Good as any of these on best day; springboard to Kentucky Downs?

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 1-5-2-6/4-3-7

Race 3

#4 Glennwood – Zayat home-bred debuts for Mr. Brad; appears on edge off drills.

#2 Trappezoid – Placement makes sense for $28K buy; debuts for dangerous team.

#3 Revolutionize – Drops in off a pair of credible runs; experience sure counts.

#6 Bigb’s Anniversary – Home-bred debuts in logical spot; Calhoun’s other runner.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 4-2-3-6-7-8-1-5

Race 4

#5 Im Chillin – Disappointing return run, but stretches out to preferred distance here.

#3 Pontastic – 2nd best last out in tougher race for the level; the one to beat today.

#6 Doctor Lee – What you see is what you get, and today it might be good enough.

#9 Polar Bear – Four-year-old finally debuts for Dale; patience pays off with a win?

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 5-3-6-9/7-8-1

Race 5

#2 Providence – Even run in key race last out; drops far below claim price to score.

#4 Rippin Ride – Usually runs his race and fits like a glove with these; alternative.

#1a Northern Ranger – Better than ever now; must step up again to win this one.

#8 Utmost Intensity – In fine form now; worth including in gimmick equation.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 2/4-1a-8-9-7-5

Race 6

#8 No Fault – Plenty of chances; appears to be in the right spot to get the job done.

#2 Kai Nalu – Deceivingly good debut; right to improve stretching out for Kenny.

#5 Cuddle Kitten – What you see is what you get and today it might be good enough.

#7 I’m the Reason – Returns on edge for red hot stable and should offer a price.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 8/2-5-7-4-3-6-9

Race 7

#3 Beltway – In fine form; turf route a question for him in wide open race.

#1 Brave John – Forgive mud clunker; adds blinks & stretches out of needed race.

#6 Rock Shandy – Even run off extended layoff; back class drops to lowest level.

#8 Bowman West – Makes turf debut fresh for hot barn; pedigree says yes to the lawn.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 3-1-6-8-2-7/5-4

Race 8

#5 Rehearsed – Cuts back with blinkers on; price is right in race full of question marks.

#9 Golden Amber – 2nd best as odds on chalk in last; the one to beat again Mr. Brad.

#8 Drossy – Nailed late in last; on the improve for Mr. Steve and can hold safe.

#2 Gull Island – Didn’t get a fair crack in return race; can step forward at a price.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 5-9-8-2/7-10-3-4