Joe Kristufek analyzes Saturday's Kentucky Turf Cup card
Joe Kristufek

Daily selections provided by Kentucky Downs 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 loves interacting with racing fans - from beginner to expert. His first inclination is to beat the favorite but he is also a big believer in “taking what the race gives you”. Follow Joe on Twitter @JoeyDaKRacing

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Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017

Race 1

5 Bringyourownbottle – Granddam is multiple graded stakes winning lawnmower Bail Out Becky.
2 Coach Rocks – Her dam was a G3 placed turf miler; took action in debut and should improve here.
7 Charcuterie – Dam earned $300K sprinting, but never turfed; $155K buy likely flies under the radar.
6 Paddys Class – ½ to the versatile $440K earner Hesinfront; Romans other runner looks live too.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 5-2-7-6-10-14

Race 2

12 Sharm El Sheikh – Tosses blinkers aside & cuts back after falling short in routes; must work a trip.
3 Big Dollar Bill – Solid grassy dash 2nd in first start off the bench; kept good company this spring at GP.
6 Dynamic Dancer – Has had plenty of chances but some of his best runs have come sprinting on turf.
10 Campioni – Dam earned $500K as a dirt router; $250K buy likely flies under the radar in debut run.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 12-3-6-10-4-5

Race 3

4 Richmond Street – Troubled trip in return at Saratoga; proven at the distance & well-drawn here.
14 War Bond – Finished in front of top choice in their recent NY encounter; needs two scratches.
2 Perfect Partner – Has run some huge races on dirt, but has yet to test the turf; stamina hints.
1 United Stand – Much improved since moving to turf but must prove he can match strides with these.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 4-14-2-1-10-13

Race 4

7 Jolly Good – Lost seven lengths at the start in lone try; precocious pedigree & the price is right.
3 Dakota Diva – Slow start cost her in deceivingly solid debut; fired a bullet work in between starts.
8 Chris Cove Town – Turf sprint influences on both sides of the pedigree; debuts ready for Mr. Steve.
6 Brielle’s Appeal – ½ to $880K Authenticity, who won multiple graded stakes on dirt; respect team.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 7-3-8-6-4-13

Race 5

8 Mutazen – Has stepped up his game in recent starts; tactical speedster should relish the trip.
3 Flashy Chelsey – Has held his own with solid competition; blinkers go on for Money Maker.
12 Royal Son – Has learned to rate in recent starts, but speed may be his best weapon here; tough post.
7 Turf Titan – Visually impressive in recent starts; arrow pointing up and likely double-digit odds.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 8-3-12-7-11-2

Race 6

4 Tam Tam Attack – Rested up since sharp maiden score at CD; dam won graded stakes on the lawn.
6 Dark Arden – One of Kentucky’s most improved horses finished 2nd to a monster on the rise in last.
13 Zipp On By – Game maiden winner two back finished 2nd in 1st grassy dash try; bred to do this.
3 Six Schillings – On top of his game now and is as good as any in a crapshoot of a horse race.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 8-6-13-3-1-7

Race 7 – The Kentucky Downs Ladies Turf (G3)

4 Zipessa – Set the pace in Beverly D (G1) before faltering late; cut back in distance helps the cause.
5 Miss Temple City – Multiple G1 winner failed as the favorite in last; chalk may be vulnerable again.
2 Linda – Model of consistency on the lawn and she owns a win at Kentucky Downs; top two look tough.
1 Beauly – Euro import has made a nice early impression stateside; takes game to another level?

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 4-5/2-1/7/8

Race 8 – The Kentucky Downs Ladies Sprint

11 Marquee Cal Gal – Made a serious impression in turf debut at EP; won’t get the respect she deserves.
1 Mississippi Delta – Defending champ has run some huge races since; one to beat with A-game.
2 Fair Point – Finished in front of Delta in their recent encounter; deserves the utmost respect.
6 Morticia – Scary good filly has been feasting on 3-year-olds; tackles seasoned elders in this one.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 11-1-2-6/9-5

Race 9 – The Kentucky Downs Turf Sprint (G3)

5 Bondurant – McCraken’s older bro falling short with toughies in routes; cut back what doc ordered?
10 Hogy – 8-year-old is as good as he’s ever been; just missed at 15-1 in this race last year…can do.
1 Commend – Arrow pointing up for talented 4-year-old; fired a bullet work following sharp win.
7 Undrafted -- $1.3 million earner may have lost a step off his best form, but he’s still very dangerous.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 5-10-1-7/6/8

Race 10 – The Calumet Farms Kentucky Cup Turf (G3)

1 Postulation – Much improved since adding blinkers; stamina certainly isn’t an issue.
3 Muqtaser – Starting to realize his potential; tactical speed over distance makes him dangerous.
7 Enterprising – Just missed in Arlington Million (G1) at 80-1; Money Maker has four in here.
4 Oscar Nominated – Has held his own with top turfers, but skeptical that he wants 12 furlongs.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 1-3-7-4/11/8