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.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
#9 Golden Fire Fly – Ran deceivingly well last out; faces slow field of foes today.
#2 Name It After Me – 0 for 20, but knocking on the door; gets over hump?
#8 Whiskey Chick – Hasn’t shown much, but gets a fresh start of solid operation.
#3 Heart Shaped Box – Signs of life in last; forwardly placed, hang around late.
Joe’s SELECTIONS – 9-2-8/3-5
#9 Empire Taker – 1 for 25, but in fine form; late runner would appreciate honest pace.
#1 Beachdown Benny – Disappointed on turf; returns to dirt, sliding down ladder.
#3 Colonel Swanson – Competitive in Florida; Scooter lures Brian to saddle.
#8 Coach Moore – What you see is what you get; consider in gimmick equation.
Joe’s SELECTIONS – 9-1-3/8-7-10-4
#5 Bryzzo — $500K buy, ½ to $900K Time and Motion; souvenirs anyone?
#2 Ship Stalker – Mr. Bred lures Corey for debut; sneaky good turf pedigree.
#6 Bantu – 2nd as favorite in debut; forwardly placed stretching out today.
#1 French Curve – Stall debuter ½ to $800K Square Eddie; turf influences in pedigree.
Joe’s SELECTIONS – 5-2-6-1-3-7/9-10-8-4
#4 Such a Tease – Promising debut at CD; steps forward for McGee with 1st Lasix.
#1 Yondering – Disappointed as chalk; promising runner adds blinkers for this.
#5 Tapsolute – Knocking on the door vs. solid competition for Mr. Steve/Corey.
#8 Leading Cause – Narrow misses in last four runs; as good as any in this race.
Joe’s SELECTIONS – 4-1-5-8-2/9-10
#9 Wabel – Forgive slop clunker; recently gelded…must overcome post to score.
#7 Cowboy Rhythm – Sharp as a tack; stalker as good as any in this race.
#2 Rise Up – Returns from brief freshening for Mr. Tom; go to whoa threat today.
#8 Ironclad – Better than ever; forwardly placed and fights for every yard.
Joe’s SELECTIONS – 9-7-2-8/1-3-6-4-5
#7 Strategic Ekati – Lots of stamina in the pedigree; Mr. Steve lures Corey for debut.
#3 Nickie’s Papa – Bet down in first two starts; may appreciate turf stretch out.
#2 Bo Tee – Blinkers on off solid turf debut; might fly under the radar for hot team.
#10 Grandpa Frank – Even effort as debut favorite; must overcome post for Mr. Brad.
Joe’s SELECTIONS – 7-3-2-10-9-5-1/4-6-8
Race 7 – The Cliff Gilliams Handicap
#11 Pleuven – Defending Gilliams champ has a sensational turf resume; fires fresh.
#7 Flashy Chelsey – Respectable run in Stars & Stripes; one of three live shots for Maker.
#10 Hawaakom – Proved his class on dirt; first turf run in ages, but bred to like it.
#2 Chocolate Ride – Talented turfer does his best work on the lead; has company.
Joe’s SELECTIONS – 11-7-10-2-1-9-3-12-8-5
Race 8 – The Groupie Doll (G3)
#1 Put Da Blame On Me – Better since blinkers; seed drew advantageous post.
#11 Student Body – Visually impressive allowance romp; 3yo must overcome post.
#10 Pinch Hit – Legitimized herself for Mr. Brad; sophomore’s arrow pointing up.
#7 Danzatrice – Sharp stakes win in Iowa; sits catbird’s seat behind lots of speed.
Joe’s SELECTIONS – 1-11-10-7-8-9-5-12-6
#8 Kielbasa – Back in fine form; speedy and game win on Ellis turf two starts back.
#2 Conquest Goinggone – Claim fits like a glove; versatile performer does it all well.
#4 Afleet Jay – Disappointing of late; turf stretch out and drop might awaken.
#5 Mr. Haire – Decent turf resume; picks up pieces into legitimate early fractions.
Joe’s SELECTIONS – 8-2-4/5-3-7-10