Joe Kristufek’s Ellis Park picks for Saturday, Aug. 19

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  

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This Sunday: live-money NHC handicapping contest  

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

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Race 1

#2 Dahlia’s Foxy Lady – Beaten chalk in four straight; just needs a trip against this bunch.

#8 Very Elegant – Big runs over local turf; can bounce back off recent Indy clunker.

#1 Open Invitation – Drops in off decent turf runs with better; third race of cycle.

#7 Lady Temple – Proven on the grass; closed to be 2nd behind chalk in last.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 2/8-1-7-10-4-6-9

Race 2

#4 Kutuzov – Drops below claim level; finds a group he should handle…stalk & pounce.

#8 King Coral – Early trouble cost him with better; fits like a glove at this class level.

#7 Sky Blue Magnolia – Back on top of his game; reunites with Corey for this one.

#5 Cheyenne Blues – Mare takes on the boys; her best run good enough to share.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 4/8-7/5-1-6-3

Race 3

#1 Bud’s Bayonet – Ran fast to score game win in last; edge to repeat in tough call.

#2 Rippin Ranger – Back on top of his game; sits catbird’s seat trip & pounces on speed.

#6 Private Time – Gutted out 3rd after tough trip; can add some spice to the gimmicks.

#3 Greely Is Back – Model of consistency; on edge to fire fresh off a short break.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 1-2-6-3-5-8-7

Race 4

#6 Marquee Miss – Edged “Lady” under similar circumstances; good for another.

#2 Justa Lady – Sharp as a tack; versatile performer can turn the tables on “Miss”.

#5 Marquee Cal Gal – Full older sister to Marquee Miss should relish the trip.

#8 D’boldest – Speed has run some huge races; just missed in grassy dash stake.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 6-2-5-8/3-7-1

Race 5

#4 Moon Gate Warrior – Has held his own with better; brief freshening off the claim.

#7 Nite of the Hunter – Held well for 2nd after battling hot pace; on top of his game.

#1 Whyruawesome – Cooked early in last two; capable of rating and finishing.

#6 Sharm – Model of consistency; can get the job done for formidable human team.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 4-7-1-6-2-8-3-5

Race 6

#6 No More Misery – Has legitimate excuses; chance to light up the toteboard.

#10 Blue Ridge Girl – Fits like a glove on the drop; might peak in third run off the bench.

#3 Desert Poem – Proven on the green; blinkers addition can get her over hump.

#9 Susie’s Daddy – Even finish in needed race; should take a solid step forward.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 6-10-3-9-5-4-7

Race 7

#5 Wetumka — $700K buy bred to win early; barn knows how to get one ready.

#9 Flat Lucky — $50K buy bred to sprint; works say he’s ready for Mr. Steve.

#14 Gambit – Out of versatile & very productive mare; needs scratches.

#10 Ripe – ½ to $1.3 million Ravalo; sharp works have him on edge for the debut.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 5-9-14-10-6-8-7-3-4

Race 8

#11 Amaze Me Grace – Dominant win in first dirt try with blinks on; price is right.

#10 Toasted – Game win in Churchill slop; consistent & versatile = safe play here.

#6 Dream Dance – Deep closer begs for a fast pace to kick at; late rally falls short?

#3 Naylor – Has run some big races; tossing hints in the morning for the Cat Man.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 11-10-6-3-7-9/2-8-1-5-4

Race 9

#7 I Remember Mama – Impressive 2nd in debut run; similar effort makes her tough.

#3 Moonlit Garden – Set and honest pace and held on well for 2nd in turf debut; fits.

#8 Meister Legend – Held her own with solid lawnmowers; brief freshening.

#5 Tiz My Lady – Respectable turf runs; capable of stepping forward at a price.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 7-3-8/5-2-16-12