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Expert Picks

Let our experts help you handicap the day's races at Keeneland. To see the analysis provided by each handicapper, choose a handicapper from below.

Please note that selections typically are available about 48 hours in advance of the race.


Mike Battaglia

Mike is Keeneland’s longtime odds maker and is recognized as one of the best handicappers in America. 

Katie Mikolay Gensler

Katie hails from Arlington Heights, Ill., and grew up attending the races with her family at Arlington Park, where she later interned while attending Roosevelt College. She had her first experience as an on-air racing analyst at Hawthorne Park. She also has worked at Fair Grounds Race Course and Presque Isle Downs. Katie provides insights from the Keeneland paddock on Twitter @katiegensler and @keenelandracing throughout each live race day.

Tom Leach

Tom Leach is the "Voice of the Wildcats” for University of Kentucky football and men’s basketball and is a contributor to He is a two-time winner of the Eclipse Award for radio coverage of Thoroughbred racing. During racing season, check out Keeneland’s YouTube channel for Tom's interviews with trainers and jockeys preceding major stakes races and listen to his weekly “In the Money” podcast with Keeneland's Jim Goodman at You can follow Tom’s coverage of the Cats at

Jeremy Plonk

Jeremy Plonk has worked in the racing industry professionally for almost 20 years and has been a statistical consultant to Keeneland, Del Mar and Oaklawn Park, as well as NBC Sports and ESPN. He has been a national racing columnist for and Daily Racing Form and is the owner of Horse Player NOW, creators of the Night School national fan education program. A former chart caller for Equibase, he continues to be a public handicapper in the Horse Player NOW BUZZ report.

Ellis Starr

Ellis Starr, a.k.a. “Ubercapper,” is the National Racing Analyst for Equibase. He publishes detailed analysis and selections for Keeneland and other tracks regularly which can be found at Equibase, Keeneland Select and other web sites. Ellis writes a widely distributed “Race of the Week” article which appears on the Equibase web site as well as America’s Best Racing. Ellis can be heard on the Horse Racing Radio Network's "Weekend Stakes Preview" show every Friday from 6 to 7 pm (ET) covering major stakes races throughout North America.

Ellis will be posting his analysis daily for one race taken right from his complete selection and analysis report. Additionally, you can follow Ellis’ insights on twitter @ubercapper. 


Kim Nelson

Kim has been involved with horses all her life. She has worked with pregnant mares, prepping yearlings, managed lay-up barns, exercise rider, assistant trainer and has trained a few of her own horses. She is also very involved in the placement of retired thoroughbreds once their racing careers are over. Kim worked as a handicapper for the Daily Racing form for 5 years before starting her work with Keeneland. 
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