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Joe Kristufek's Selections
Joe’s Stats through Sunday, May 24
Races Wins 2nd 3rd Win% WPS%
179 51 32 29 28.5% 62.6%
Monday, May 25
Race 1 #6 Bill of Rights – Drops below claim price; not concerned. #5 Windsurfer – Sliding down the ladder; stretch out helps? #3 Mr. Handsome – Fits well with these; begs for hot pace. Joe’s SELECTIONS – 6-5-3
Race 2 #5 Bourbonize – Forgive last two; dropper fires on fast track. #1 Unbridled Venture – Back to claim level; easy to trust. #4 Collin’s Smile – Claim earned big fig in win; loves CD. Joe’s SELECTIONS – 5-1-4
Race 3 #6 Rankhasprivileges – Drops another notch; turf helps cause. #5 Royal Warrant – Happy return to grass; very well placed. #3 Showered – Chased monster in last; trip didn’t help. #7 King Ptolemy – Fits on class; passes first turf test? Joe’s SELECTIONS – 6-5-3-7
Race 4 #6 Bourbon Warfare – Big runs on fast tracks; has upside. #5 Awesome Jill – Huge win on Oaks Day; can repeat. #1 Bella Veloce – Chased monster in last; good again? Joe’s SELECTIONS – 6-5-1
Race 5 #4 Waldo – Just missed in last; easy to find today. #5 John Gordon – Big runs this meet; good as any here. #2 Denali Rahy Ruler – Excuse for last with better; drops. #6 Cigarzin – Drops below claim price; respect the team. Joe’s SELECTIONS – 4-5-2-6
Race 6 #8 Hidden Candy – Well drawn outside; drops into win spot. #2 All That Brass – Cuts back off even run; rounding into form. #5 Speedy Gunzalicious – Even efforts so far; best of the rest. #7 Ettaman – Intriguing debuter; watch the tote for clues. Joe’s SELECTIONS – 8-2-5-7
Race 7 #1 Cardinal Girl – Trouble in tougher test; drops + rail. #9 Emmajestic – Representative turf runs; fresh for this. #7 Flat Deposit – Game dirt sprint win; back to turf route? #8 Kitten’s Top Cat – Runs have been spotty; respect team. Joe’s SELECTIONS – 1-9-7-8
Race 8 #8 Langdarma – Blinks on; might relish the distance. #1 I’mbetterthangood – Distant 2nd to talented foe; fits. #4 Call Sign – 2nd to Preakness runner-up in last; upside? #5 Coyote Moon – Trying to find his niche; can’t ignore. Joe’s SELECTIONS – 8-1-4-5
Race 9 #1 Roll Tide Roll – Tough loss in last; sharp work since. #2 Yockey’s Warrior – Early trouble cost him; amends? #7 Wake Up Joe – Flies under the radar; answers alarm. #8 Tapit Wicked – Excuse for last; can bounce back here. Joe’s SELECTIONS – 1-2-7-8
Race 10 #7 Southern Honey – Defending champ fresh for this. #9 Spring Included – Better than ever; fights for every yard. #10 Street Story – Trouble cost her; capable with A-game. #3 Milam – Has run some huge races; tight as a drum. Joe’s SELECTIONS – 7-9-10-3
Race 11 #11 Rapid Rhythm – Excuse for last; storms home late. #3 Late Spring – Been chasing monsters; class relief here. #8 Anusara – Tough losses last two; proven at the trip. #7 Scadadle – Finishes with energy; gimmick player. #10 Melaleuca – Proven at the trip; fires fresh today? Joe’s SELECTIONS – 11-3-8-7-10
Kevin Kerstein's PLAY OF THE DAY
Race 10: The feature on this afternoon's race program is The Winning Colors Stakes. In yet another fantastic rendition of this race there are several horses who have the opportunity to win. My selection is #3 Milam for trainer Eddie Kenneally. The horse seems to do her best running over the surface at Churchill Downs. After getting a little bit of a rest this winter, Milam comes into this race after a good prep race to get herself ready for this start. It looks like Milam could sit a perfect trip just off the pace and close late in the stretch.
Suggested Wager: $5 Win, Place - #3 MilamTotal Cost: $10
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Joe Kristufek is a self-proclaimed horse racing "ambassador," and fan development has been his passion since the moment he took his first job in the industry.
In addition to serving as the Churchill Downs paddock host, Kristufek is also the face of "Racing 101" for America's Best Racing, a fan development specialist for Horse Racing Nation, the morning-line maker for Arlington Park and Kentucky Downs and the handicapper and racing writer for the Daily Herald newspaper in his native Chicago.
Kristufek has developed and executed several horse racing-related, fan-education projects both online and onsite. He is a member of the National Turf Writers and Broadcasters Association and works on the Dubai World Cup notes team. He has co-owned five horses in partnership and when the rare opportunity presents itself, he loves playing in handicapping contests.
Kristufek was the on-air talent for Hawthorne's between-race presentation and replay shows in the 1990s, and served as a on-air host and content coordinator for The Racing Network in 2000-2001. He was the owner, producer and host of popular horse racing magazine show "Horsin' Around TV", airing 85 episodes from 2003-2005 on Fox Sports Chicago and Comcast SportsNet Chicago.
A beer and indie/alternative music snob, Joe is a Chicago Bulls season ticket holder and there aren't too many people who can keep up with him on a billiards table.