Fair Grounds Names New Racing Analyst

Katie Mikolay has held similar positions at Hawthorne and Presque Isle.

Katie Mikolay has been hired as the racing analyst at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for the upcoming 139th Thoroughbred racing season that opens Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 25. A 31-year-old native of Elk Grove Village, Ill., Mikolay has performed similar duties for the past three seasons at both Hawthorne Race Course in Chicago and Presque Isle Downs in Erie, Pa.

In addition to hosting the daily Churchill Downs Simulcast Network production of live Fair Grounds racing, Mikolay will co-host the pre-race "Fair Grounds Today" show with track announcer John Dooley. She also will contribute to FairGroundsRaceCourse.com as both a handicapper and blogger.

A graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago. Mikolay served an internship at Arlington in 2001, which she parlayed into another job as co-host of "Horsin’ Around" on Fox Sports Chicago. She also has experience in the extreme sports world, having hosted "FX Magazine" on the Extreme Sports Network in California.