Joe Kristufek's Kentucky Downs picks for Sunday
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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Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017

Race 1

5 Crack Your Whip – Game win two back then overmatched off bench; sneaky at a price here.
10 Angel Choir – Came to life on cut back; may have found her niche dashing on the grass.
1 Northern Screamer – Short on turf experience, but money Maker claimed with this spot circled.
9 Mongolian Shopper – Proven at the trip, but speed has company and a long stretch to deal with.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 5-10-1-9/4-12

Race 2

12 Honey Dont – Strong close at Saratoga to just miss in debut; adds blinkers…must overcome post.
15 Archaggelos – Solid debut 2nd for the “Mad Genius”; his dam had a promising career cut short.
16 War Tom – Debuting 2nd dashing at Indiana; needs scratches to go to battle for Mr. Amoss.
10 Reality Queen – Majorly improved in first turf run for money Maker; speed needs to dig deep late.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 12-15/16-10-2-6

Race 3

4 Prudence – Just 1 for 17, but has held her own against talented lawnmowers; trip should suit.
8 Kaylen’s Revenge – Forced the issue but came up just short inn recent turf routes; cut back is key.
9 Love On Tides – Well-traveled filly has shown signs of talent; pedigree says yes to dashing on grass.
15 Conquest Sarahstar – Took her game to a new level in Sharp run off the bench; still has upside.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 4-8-9-15-10-11

Race 4

7 Stock Trade – Mott bred, owns and trains; granddam on mom’s side was a turf monster.
12 Have At It – Solid debut on Saratoga turf for tough team; must work a trip from outside post.
9 Dreaming of Jo Jo – Cat and Cal reunited (and it feels so good?) with Dreaming of Anna babies.
1 Causeur – His dam earned $220K on dirt, but his dad is a prolific turf sire; poetry in Motion?

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 7-12-9-1-16-8

Race 5

3 Tyler U – Battled fast pace and held well considering in key Ellis turf route; sleeper here.
8 War Bond – Money Maker claim knocking on the door in turf routes; cuts back to finish with punch.
1 Pagliacci – Fits like a glove, but needs to bounce back off disappointing run for formidable team.
7 Seize – Broke his maiden last year at Kentucky Downs in authoritative fashion; is today his day?

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 3-8-1-7-12-9

Race 6

7 Marquee Cal Gal – Explosive Ellis win in career debut on turf; public takes her seriously enough?
6 Inveniam Viem -- $20K claim has flourished under Cox; finishes on the cut back…go with the Flo?
2 Kasuga – Just missed dashing on grass in Woodbine G3 two back; speed must dig deep.
5 Vieja Luna – Has taken her game to a new level recently; better now than the last time she tried turf.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 7-6-2-5-4-3

Race 7

6 Spring Up – Rivelli paid big price via claim box with this spot in mind; gets edge in tough call.
2 Cammack – Illinois-bred win machine is proven at Kentucky Downs; should trip out from inside post.
9 Special Ops – Money Maker claim has done nice work for new barn; happily accepts this assignment.
3 Hey Dakota – Minnesota raider won CD G3 last fall at 29-1; fits like a glove and might be overlooked.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 6-2-9-3/14-15

Race 8 – The Dueling Grounds Oaks

4 La Manta Gris – Game Saratoga allowance win off freshening; always thought she’d want to marathon.
3 Summer Luck – Classy filly is proven over distance on grass; no reason to think she won’t run big again.
1 Daddys Lil Darling – 2nd best in G1 Kentucky Oaks, but turf may be her best game moving forward.
8 Gentle Kitten – Vast improvement for money Maker in recent turf win at Arlington; earned hike.

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 4-3-1-8/2-7

Race 9 – The Exacta Systems Dueling Grounds Derby

4 Society Beau – Forgive recent 4th on Arlington Poly; owns strong finishing punch & price is right.
5 Parlor – Just missed in Kentucky Juvenile at KYD last year; has proven his class on the grass.
10 Hollow Point – Ran a huge race at Saratoga to just miss in first ever grass try; still has upside.
6 Watch Me Whip – Loaded with talent, but still trying to find his niche; coming out party today?

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 4-5-10-6-1-8

Race 10

5 Morocco – Just missed at Saratoga in best effort of his career in last; finally gets over the hump?
3 One Last Strike – Took a big step forward for money Maker in 2nd career start; blinkers on here.
10 Frank the Butcher – Dreaming of Anna’s baby gets first try around two turns for formidable team.
15 Captain Hardship – Euro import has made favorable early impression; poetry in Motion?

Joe’s SELECTIONS – 5/3-10-15-16-6