Joe Kristufek’s picks for Monday, Labor (and closing) Day

Joe Kristufek is Ellis Park’s paddock analyst and morning-line odds-maker. Coady Photography

Reminder that Joe and Jimmy will host a special closing-day/Labor Day handicapping seminar at 10:30 a.m. Central in the second-floor Gardenia Room. 

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   

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

Printable PDF of Joe’s picks for Monday, Sept. 4 (Closing Day)

Monday, September 4, 2017

Race 1

#8 Union Salute – Takes big drop off turf clunker; barn wins a lot with this kind.

#5 Chilling Secret – Followed up game debut 2nd w/clunker; drops fresh, hot barn.

#3 Correctamundo – Steps up off trio of solid runs; has the right answer today?

#2 Levanto – Struggled versus much better; drops in for Mr. Kenny off forward works.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 8/5/3-2-7

Race 2

#3 Jury Wise – Has held his own against tougher than this; tough with A-game.

#8 Miss Chatty Cat – Signs of life in last couple; finds clear sailing from outside.

#2 Cash Dance – Closed to win last in mud; can repeat with similar effort today.

#7 La Jolla d’Oro – Lit the tote in last four outings; puts blinkers back on for this one.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 3/8-2-7/5-1-6-4

Race 3

#3 Hard Fought – Much improved on turf; 2nd best behind very talented foe in last.

#7 Wild Will – March claim has been laid off since; hot pace could set the table for him.

#5 Victory Cigar – His dam earned $400K on turf; watch for tote clues in career debut.

#4 I Am Iron Max – Deceivingly good efforts behind tough winners; can surprise here.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 3/7-5-4/2-6-1

Race 4

#5 I’m With Miller – Drops in price & cuts back turf to dirt off maiden breaker for Cox.

#2 Grantastica – Speed fights hard for every yard for red hot stable; fits like a glove here.

#1 Proud Dixie – Drops to lowest level off even runs with better; tight as a drum now.

#6 Greely’s Comet – 1 for 17, but has been competitive at this level; gimmick player.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 5-2-1/6-3-7-8

Race 5

#8 Our Adieu – Not sure why it’s taken so long to get her back on turf; blinkers on.

#7 Exploden Moonshine – 11-time winner returns to turf off a dirt win; willing finisher.

#1 Titfortat – Sharp win with easier; has run big races with better on the green stuff.

#6 Miss Discreet – Handled easier at the trip last out; her arrow is pointing up.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 8-7-1-6-9

Race 6

#4 Memorial Blue – 1 for 25 and 9-0-0-0 this year, but speed figs say yes with these.

#1 Confederate Rags – Ran well, but failed as the favorite in last two; makes amends?

#8 Primal – Forces the issue from the outside post; can hang around for a share.

#2 Bro Stroll – Fastest runs have come on turf, but he’s performed admirably on dirt.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 4-1-8/2-7

Race 7

#5 Breaking Beauty – Her dam was Group 1 placed on turf; Cat sends with purpose.

#2 Deadline – Her dam had a promising career cut short; hot shot first crop sire.

#7 Jing – Just missed as chalk in career debut; likely over-bet due to tough team.
#1 Two Sips – ½ to G1 winner Sailor’s Valentine; right to improve off debut.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 5-2-7-1-12/4-9-10

Race 8

#1 Foul Play – Showed promise as a 2-year-old; sprint 3rd serves as perfect prep for this.

#11 Ma’am – Has stepped up her game recently on turf; that form might convert.

#10 Kitty Union – Failed favorite at Ellis bounced back to break maiden at Indiana.

#2 Ervsayslethergo – What you see is what you get; speed fights hard for every yard.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 1-11-10-2/7-8-9-3

Race 9

#9 Lord Revelstoke – Third in key grassy dash in debut; earned proper respect?

#1 Creative Capital – Improved with every start; 2nd behind sharp winner last out.

#7 One Drop – Lots of turf in the pedigree; fits well in debut for formidable team.

#4 Wetumka – Bet down in debut and performed admirably; nice prep for this.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 9-1-7-4-12/6-11-5