Joe Kristufek’s Ellis Park picks for Saturday, Aug. 26

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

Joe’s picks for Saturday, Aug. 26    

Joe’s picks for Friday, Aug. 25

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

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Race 1

#6 Por Favor – Back quick and drops in off solid return run; gets first run on closers.

#8 Cape Diva – A new horse since stepping on turf, and even better with blinkers on.

#5 Lady Lt. – Has run some big races on the lawn; drops into much softer spot here.

#3 My Sugar – Edged slow group of maidens on the green for top team.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 6-8-5-3/7-4

Race 2

#7 Mystery Train – Takes big drop with hopes of ended long dry spell; Mr. Brad.

#4 Golden Causeway – Closed well in needed sprint; appreciates added ground.

#8 Seba’s Dancer – Lit toteboard last three runs; rates on consistency…gimmicks.

#5 Flying Frank – Second in weak sprint in last; best of the rest with this bunch today.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 7/4-8/5-1-6

Race 3

#2 Mine My Time – ½ to $360K turfer Trend; should relish the grassy dash.

#6 Field of Dreams – Bet down in failed debut; adds blinkers and lures Corey.

#3 One Thirsty Nine – His dam has dropped productive sprinters; dangerous team.

#7 Closing Strike – His dam won over 10 furlongs on turf; keep tabs for later.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 2-6-3/7-1-8-4-5

Race 4

#7 Soft Cheese – Kenny trained her dam, and she relished distance races on turf.

#2 Conquest Bad Uncle – Proved herself at Woodbine; gets a fresh start for Mr. Brad.

#1 Upstage – Some sneaky turf influences in pedigree; might enjoy pocket trip from rail.

#4 Oh Dear Lord — $30K claim earned the class hike; should run another big race.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 7-2-1-4/3-6

Race 5

#6 Seeking Bull – Drops down to claim level and returns to favorite surface & distance.

#7 Bill’s Wealthygirl – Excuse for clunker; rates on consistency against this bunch.

#1 Native Indy – 2nd to odds-on chalk in last; consider in gimmick equation here.

#3 Liberty Fire – Speed is the name of her game; can hang around for a piece of it.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 6/7/1-3-2-4-8-5

Race 6

#6 Candy My Boy – Invades with purpose; very tough if he controls the early action.

#4 Cutacorner – Sliding down the class ladder in good form; Van Berg on fire.

#5 Walker’s Way – Versatile runner claimed out of sharp win; fits well on the class rise.

#8 Perfect Movement – Fits like a glove for very dangerous team; finds clear sailing.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 6-4-5-8/7-1/3-2

Race 7

#7 Bluegrass Beat – Battled fast pace and held on well to be third; price shot here.

#10 Forever Sure – Old-timer still has plenty of spring in his step; can win for 21st time.

#5 Belvin – Game turf tally two back; fits like a glove against this bunch for Tommy.

#9 Poseidon’s Way – Dig deep into past performances to find big run on the green.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 7-10-5/9-6-2-8-1

Race 8

#4 Rocking the Boat – Kellyn sends very ready off the bench for Team Valor; edge.

#7 Athletic Temper – Classy pedigree says route; tough to ignore sharp return works.

#5 Inca Chief – Million-dollar buy 2nd in only career run; gets a fresh start in Kentucky.

#11 Dig Charlie Dig – Blinkers on + Corey + clear outside post; tough to ignore here.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 4-7-5-11/3-2

Race 9

#5 Guilty Streak – Knocking on the door for a long time; in position to get the job done.

#1 Magician Man – Big trouble in last in what came back as a slow race; capable.

#3 Slowhand – Late runner sliding down the class ladder for top stable; needs fast pace.

#10 Sevenheartswarrior – Claimed out of clunker; capable of much better at a price.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 5-1-3/10-9-14-11