Fair Grounds Recap – Dec 11th
Before I preview the Champions Day card, let’s recap the action from Friday. Fast main track and off the turf. Five wire jobs on the ten race card.
Curt Bourque booted home a pair.
Distant Kentucky Oaks place finisher Stone Legacy finally broke through the entry level in today’s 5th race. The Wayne Lukas charge rallied from last to power home as much the best under Robby Albarado.
As mentioned here yesterday, hot trainer Steve Margolis had a pair entered on Friday. On The Level missed by a head in the 7th, and Northern Prince was also 2nd best in the 8th.
On the analysis front, I got home tops Bizzee Mizzee ($6.20) and Key Lee ($4.60). I also correctly tabbed the 6th race exacta ($64) and the $45.40 late double.
Fair Grounds Preview – Dec 12th
A 12-race program will be run at the Fair Grounds on Saturday, and the Louisiana Champions Day card features eleven stakes races, including a trio of Quarter Horse events to kick off the festivities. There is an 80% chance of rain with highs in the upper 50’s.
QH Classic: Heza Jodys Toast is the 9-5 morning line fav in the Saturday opener. He was an easy winner when last seen in July.
QH Derby: A full field of 12 will line up in the 2nd, and Toast To Streakin is the tepid favorite.
QH Juvenile: Game Show Special is a solid threat to run his record to 8 for 10 lifetime.
Champions Day Starter Handicap: Twilight Ross and Brendyn Jo are coupled in the wagering, and the favored entry pack a strong 1-2 stretch punch.
Champions Day Ladies: All eyes will be on Superior Storm, and the 13 for 21 mare is tough to beat in the state bred ranks.
Champions Day Juvenile: Red Rally and Devilish Due are the tag team favs, with the former the stronger half of the entry.
Champions Day Lassie: Wide open affair with Shezacrazygirl the tepid 7-2 choice.
Champions Day Turf: The lone grass race of the day could easily be moved to the main if the expected rains hit. Desert Wheat will take action on either surface, but note that he is winless in four tries on a wet track.
Champions Day Ladies Sprint: Master Link had a rough trip as the fav in the local prep for this. She switches to Albarado, who booted her home to a sharp win on Champions Day last year.
Champions Day Classic: Six pack feature, and Star Guitar has scared away many rivals. The win machine goes for his 5th straight triumph today.
Champions Day Sprint: Flashy Wise Cat is the one to beat if able to run back to sharp local comeback score on Nov 14th.
My daily full cards from Fair Grounds are available through Today’s Racing Digest (free sign up), and I will be posting a daily free pick on their site as well. Click here to view my Saturday free selection (10th race) from Fair Grounds.
My Horse Racing Nation free selection of the day is the 8th race from Fair Grounds.
Daily results and video from Fair Grounds can be found here.
Images: Stacy Edwards