Joe Kristufek’s picks for Sunday, August 27

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 Sunday, Aug. 27  

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

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Race 1

#3 Cataroux – Signs of life in last; should sit catbird’s seat trip behind contested pace.

#1 Gray Ransom – Faded on turf in race he may have needed; returns to dirt tightened.

#8 Start a War – Very capable with this field; go to whoa threat finds clear sailing.

#2 Confederate Rags – Failed favorite in last two; blinkers might get him over the hump.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 3-1-8-2

Race 2

#1 Aint There No More – Trainer sneaky good with first timers; not much to beat.

#6 Mr. Gibbs – Finished willingly following slow start in debut; right to improve here.

#2 Red Alert – Fits like a glove for top stable; has experience on his side.

#3 Just Parkes – By solid freshman sire; drops in off debut debacle…sleeper?

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 1-6-2-3-7-4-5

Race 3

#6 Lucy Goosey – Romped in only career start last fall; sitting on go for return run.

#5 Cara Blythe – Speedy gal won last via DQ; contends every step of the way again.

#3 Mythical Tale – 2nd best to monster off the bench; could fly under the radar here.

#4 Bombona – What you see is what you get; best of the rest with this crew.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 6-5-3/4-2-1

Race 4

#8 Mucho Mas Grande – Sneaky good close behind solid winner in last; gets the nod.

#3 American Ride – Middle move in needed run; new gelding takes another drop today.

#1 Aggro Crag – 0 for 25, but has run some decent races on grass; graduation day?

#5 Trenton Bridge – Drops in fresh for turf debut for red hot stable; tough to ignore.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 8-3-1-5-6-7-4

Race 5

#9 Tiz Gig Gee – No match for top two in last; cuts tag in half and offers square price.

#10 Shot Glass – Just missed in improved 2nd start; good as any in absolute crapshoot.

#6 Big Sigh – Willing finishes with tougher foes; could close best of all in this one.

#3 Chargers Miss – Run into the ground in needed race; speed faces much easier here.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 9-10-6-3-4-8-2-12-1-5

Race 6

#9 Vedelago – Old timer still has spring in his step; on the verge of $500K in earnings.

#12 Ft Davis – Has run credible races with much better; must respect if draws in.

#7 Caberneigh – Aptly named 12-year-old won for the 17th time last out; in tougher.

#10 Ferocious Tiger – Fits like a glove for tough team; dangerous speed can do.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 9-12-7-10/4-6-5

Race 7

#8 Empressive Road – Her dam was a stakes placed turf sprinter; tough team.

#4 All the Juice – Hidden class that says she should relish the trip; flies under the radar.

#2 Mrs Rocco – 2nd best as favorite in debut; should love mowing the lawn.

#1 Lovelily – Bred for the trip; hot Foley stable lures Papa Jon to the saddle.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 8-4-2-1/6-3-5-9

Race 8

#7 The Player – Loaded with ability; laid back dude wakes up for today’s run.

#4 Enchantera – Better than ever and sharp as a tack; battles all the way down to wire.

#2 Shut the Box – 4th in key race last out; on top of his game and must be respected.

#1 Discreetness – Flashed uncharacteristic speed in last; the best is yet to come?

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 7-4-2-1-3-6-5

Race 9

#11 Hot N Hectic – Mr. Kenny dangerous with this kind of dropper; edge if draws in.

#10 Bodelicous – Best efforts have come on grass; must work a trip from outside post.

#3 In Focus – Tough loss under similar conditions in last; good as any in here.

#1 York Avenue – Has shown modest improvement; drops in & saves ground.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 11-10-3-1-5-6-8