Joe Kristufek’s picks for Friday, August 18, 2017

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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Friday, August 18, 2017

Race 1

#5 Rompicapo – Takes big drop off needed run for Mr. Kenny; blinkers + bug boy.

#4 Haynesome – Hung wide in turf sprint vs. runaway winner; fits like a glove here.

#2 Cool Ambition – 2nd best to solid winner last out under these conditions; can do.

#6 Red Again – Forward factor for dangerous team; hangs around gimmicks.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 5-4-2/6-3-1a

Race 2

#4 Will Wants Candy – Representative races on dirt; turf-bred on dam’s side.

#2 Midnight Tale – Decent grassy dash runs with better; the one to beat on paper.

#7 Miss Discreet – Eliminated at the start in last; drops into soft spot for sneaky team.

#3 Rusty Halo – Drops in fresh with blinks on; might relish sprinting on the lawn.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 4-2-7-3/8-5-6-1

Race 3

#3 Alice Roadtrain – Extended vacation off claim; finds soft spot for return run.

#4 Titfortat – 2nd best to legit winner under similar conditions in last; good as any here.

#6 Our Adieu – Solid runner-up performance as lukewarm choice in last.

#8 Equulei – Tossed in a clunker first off the claim; may not have enjoyed the footing.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 3-4-6-8-7/5-1/2

Race 4

#9 Audrey’s Double – Versatile performer runs on anything; can end dry spell here.

#2 Tizthesound – Overmatched in last; go to whoa (start to finish) threat with these.

#3 Scatmeifucan – Proven on the turf; should be in a perfect, pressing position. 

#8 Play the Break – Has the best resume, but recent runs not up to her standards.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 9-2-3-8-1/5-4-6-7

Race 5

#8 Abbaa – Worn down in game effort in last; claim finds clear sailing at square $.

#1 Mesoma – Better than ever; flashes sharp speed and digs very deep late.

#6 Manhattan Mischief – Just missed to chalk in local stake; causes trouble again.

#5 Hey Bro – Returns from extended vacation for top team; watch tote clues.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 8-1-6-5/2

Race 6

#1 High Tech – Lesson-learning debut in dirt sprint; bred to route on the green stuff.

#6 Savour the Moment — $360K buy bred to route on turf on both sides of pedigree.

#5 Starving Artist — $100K buy 1st crop Paynter; turf influences on the dam’s side.

#4 Miss Accuse – Lost 10 lengths at the start of debut; tries on sleeper shoes here.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 1-6-5-4-8-11-7-3-2

Race 7

#9 Pastime – Major traffic trouble cost her a fair crack in last; edge in wide open race.

#5 White Gold – Showed a new dimension in tough loss; arrow is pointing straight up.

#6 Bella Bailar – Ran big races at the trip this spring; finds her rhythm off bench?

#8 Miss Vicki – Broke through in a big way last out; may be good for a repeat score.

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

Race 8

#6 Fleet Week – Bred to be a good one; gets a fresh start for Mr. Steve here.

#5 Lifefullofreinbows – Sharp efforts at Churchill; same runs make her tough.

#8 Magna G Force – Outperformed lofty odds last wo; gets some respect today.

#5 I’ve Got Grace – Spotty return run on turf; blinkers may be in her near future.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 6-5-8-3-1/9-4-7