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Selections provided by Ellis Park racing analyst Joe Kristufek, who has an extensive background in the horse racing industry as a handicapper, on-air talent, producer and fan development specialist. He is well recognized for his creative analysis and wagering tactics and he loves interacting with racing fans. Follow on Twitter @JoeyDaKRacing

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Joe's '23 summer stats thru August 27

Races Wins 2nd 3r Win% WPS% ROI
136 36 28 20 26.5% 61.8% $1.62

Monday, August 28, 2023



Race 1 – Pick 5


#5 Gilded Craken – Better than he looks on paper; can put it all together at a square price here

#1 Hijack the Party – Boasts a solid work tab & the placement makes sense for career debut

#3 Forever Cool – Claim steps up a notch off late closing 3rd; can rally for a share here


Joe’s SELECTIONS – 5-1/3-2-7-8/6


Race 2 – Pick 4


#5 Economic Hangover – Ready off the works; drops into a win spot off the bench

#3 Cloudy Bay – Lost all chance at the break last out; has run races that make her a contender here

#2 More Than Glory – Has done her best work on turf; rates high in first run for a claiming tag


Joe’s SELECTIONS – 5-3-2-4/6-1-8-7


Race 3 – Pick 4


#3 Hashtag Winner – Despite the cut back & the lack of speed signed on, she remains the one to beat

#6 Charge Account – Boasts five wins on dirt & has been facing tougher than this of late

#4 Duplicitous – Earned a circumstantial win last out; the way this race shapes up it could happen again


Joe’s SELECTIONS – 3-6-4-2/8


Race 4 – 20-Cent Jackpot PK 6 c/o = $773


#8 Excellent Question – Excuse recent slop clunker; a repeat of her previous efforts get the job done here

#1 Call Again – Eliminated at the start on debut; deserves another chance in this one

#2 Flashy Lass – Even effort on debut, but aggressive connections elect not to drop in class for second try


Joe’s SELECTIONS – 8/1-2-6-7-5/3-4


Race 5 – Pick 5


#2 Wonder Wave (Ire) – Hard charging third behind super talented top pair on debut; her race to lose

#4 Rainy Night – Her dam has been a solid producer; ready off the works for solid operation

#7 Big Dreamer – Bred for turf top and bottom; watch the tote for clues


Joe’s SELECTIONS – 2/4-7-11-10-6-5


Race 6 – Pick 4


#9 Northern Flame – The “other” McPeek should take a big step forward in career start number 2

#2 Generous Tipper – Ran a monster race to finish 2nd at this trip last out; squarely the one to beat here

#6 Dynamis -- $875K OBS April RNA has the look of a real runner; would be foolish not to include


Joe’s SELECTIONS – 9-2-6-1/12-7-4


Race 7


#7 F Five – Has speed, talent & has proven he can handle distance; squarely the one to beat

#9 Kitten Mischief – Welcome return to turf; may be left with too much to do

#4 Founder – Certainly capable with A-game, but he is being dangled for a claiming tag


Joe’s SELECTIONS – 7/9-4-3/5-1-2-6


Race 8


#2 Insignia – Could be stakes caliber; looks like an absolute free space here

#8 My Kentucky Girl – Perhaps taking the blinkers off will help unlock her talent

#6 Kantex – Arkansas-bred has run some big races; begins preparation for Oaklawn

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 2/8-6-9-7-3


Race 9


#11 Mikita – Eliminated at the start in last; his dam won four races on the grass

#4 Ziggzappa – Stretches out off needed run; turfy female family

#9 Okay Fine – Ran creditable races against better; the one to beat on the drop


Joe’s SELECTIONS – 11-4-9-6/10-13-5