Bourque Goldstein Thoroughbreds’ Alma d’Oro,
stakes-placed on multiple occasions, will carry the assigned high weight of 121 pounds in Saturday’s
$100,000 Louisiana Handicap
for older horses at 1 1/16 miles on the main track and has been tapped
as the 3-1 early favorite in that middle distance affair.
Fair Grounds’ main track series for older horses continues with the
Grade III Mineshaft Handicap Feb. 25 and concludes with the
Grade II New Orleans Handicap at nine furlongs on
Derby Day April 1.
Alma d’Oro, conditioned by five-time Eclipse Award-winning trainer
Todd Pletcher, finished seventh in Churchill’s
Grade I Clark Handicap in his last start Nov. 25 but will have the riding services of
in the Louisiana Handicap. That Puerto Rican-born reinsman
was aboard when Alma d’Oro finished second by a half-length in
Grade III Ack Ack Handicap Nov. 4.
cross-entered in Saturday’s Col. Bradley Handicap, is the 7-2 second
choice in the Louisiana Handicap morning line and is assigned 118 pounds
Jamie Theriot named aboard. The Silver Deputy gelding finished fourth in the
$125,000 Delta Mile at Delta Downs in his last start and was third behind Alma d’Oro in the Ack Ack before that.
Completing the Louisiana Handicap field, with respective jockeys and weights assigned, is: Jim Tafel’s
Fast Alex, Robby Albarado (120); Terry Hamilton and Robert Morgan’s
Gleam of Hope, Corey Lanerie (119); Zollars and Wagner’s
Thiskyhasnolimit, Shane Sellers (118); Hugh Zurkulen’s
Harmonizer, Rosie Napravnik (115); Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein’s
Stay Put, Shaun Bridgmohan (115); Jay Em Ess Stable’s
Worldly, Miguel Mena (114); and Danny Keene’s
Heavenville, Jermaine Bridgmohan (111).