Joe Kristufek’s Ellis Park picks for Sunday, Aug. 20 — 2yo stakes day and live-money tournament!

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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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Race 1

#8 Out of the Office – Has run deceivingly well on all surfaces; tough to deny today.

#9 Laughing Levi – Drops in for Dale and Robby; welcome return to the lawn.

#12 Distorted Ransom – Tosses blinkers aside & Corey stays; finds clear sailing.

#2 Misterpuppetmaster – Signs of improvement; 2nd to big chalk in last.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 8-9-12/2-10-5-11-3

Race 2 

#5 Awesome Fu – Popular claim keeps getting better; go to whoa threat again.

#6 Funny Questions – Solid form & takes another drop; finally has the answer?

#8 Joey B – Model of consistency; finds clear sailing with Corey at the helm.

#1 Dos Cuernos – Finished ahead of “Joey” two back; traffic trouble in last…price shot.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 5-6-8-1/3-4-7-2

Race 3 

#7 Eternal Force – His dam was a sharp, minor stakes winning sprinter; Mr. Steve.

#8 Gambit – Well-bred colt debut for tough team off forward series of workouts.

#5 Beautiful Game – Shaun lands here for Mr. Steve; pedigree isn’t all that much.

#2 Smart Remark — $4,000 buy may turn out to be a bargain sure looks ready.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 7-8-5/2-6-4-3-1

Race 4

#3 Tiz Howie’s Hope – Troubled start in lone run; adds Lasix & drops in off bench.

#9 Indian Trick – Knocking on the door with better; tosses blinks aside + cozy post.

#2 Happy Anniversary – Drops in fresh for sneaky good team; very tough to ignore.

#5 Abboccato – Lights tote most of the time; cuts back and fits like a glove.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 3-9-2-5/7-1-4-8

Race 5

#5 Archangel Rose – 0 for 7 since the claim, but drops into muuuuuuuuch easier spot.

#15 All Hansens Ondeck – Tossed in a clunker in last; capable of much better.

#1 Kittens for Granny – Fits well for formidable team; well-drawn on rail.

#3 Prado’s Smokin – Game maiden turf winner two back; excuse for follow-up?

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 5/15-1-3/11-9-7-2-6-4

Race 6 

#5 Macho Orb – Her dam was a $230K, G1 stakes placed sprinter; lures Robby.

#3 Vision of Justice – His half sibling won at two; firing Churchill bullets…watch tote.

#11 Tiger Lisa – Under the radar team lures Shaun; looks ready off the morning drills.

#4 Touchdown Trojans – Respectable efforts for Mr. Steve; experience counts.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 5-3-11-4-14-6-8-9-10

Race 7 – The Ellis Park Debutante 

#12 Upset Brewing – Finally got a fair crack and romped last out; name says it all.

#8 Sunny Skies – Debutante at Churchill winner can add another stakes to resume.

#2 Flight Queen – Smoked Texas maidens; upset minded for formidable human team.

#4 Laudation – We’ve seen some good and bad so far; could go either way, Mr. Steve.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 12-8/2-4-3/11-5-7

Race 8 – The Ellis Park Juvenile

#12 Dak Attack – Edged talented foe in debut score; Dale’s best 2-year-old?

#7 Ten City – Edged a very troubled Copper Bullet in Bashford Manor (G3); one to beat.

#8 Ebben – 3rd in salty debut race and returned to win; flies under the radar.

#5 Big Iron – Romped in 2nd try and the horse he beat came back to break maiden.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 12-7/8-5/6-4-3-11

Race 9

#8 Teletap – Knocking on the door with sharpies on dirt; bred to handle grass too.

#9 Conquest Gladiator – Outperforming his odds; blinkers addition may prove key.

#7 All Day Trip — $400K buy debuts for high profile owners and under the radar trainer.

#12 Gostisbehere – Has run some big races on grass; needs to work a trip from here.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 8/9-7-12-3-10-5/2-4-11