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Battle of Hastings Choice in Muniz

Fair Grounds Race Course
Photo: CDI

In the $350,000 Mervin Muniz Memorial Handicap Battle of Hastings got the favorite’s role with a win in Churchill’s Grade III River City Handicap and a fourth-place finish in the Grade I Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap at last asking Feb. 5.  Robby Albarado will make up most of the top weight of 121 pounds.

 

Brazilian-bred Moryba, winner of the Group I Grande Premio Brasil last summer and his only start in this country this winter at Gulfstream, has 119 pounds including Kent Dersormeaux and Augustin Stable’s Smart Bid, second in the Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap, gets in with 118 with Edgar Prado named.

 

Completing the Mervin Muniz field, including jockeys and weights, is Stacey Moak’s Southern Anthem, James Graham (114); George and Lori Hall’s Sleepless Knight, Joe Bravo (115); Millennium Farms and Mike McCarty’s Expansion, Gerard Melancon (117); Estrorace’s Workin for Hops, Rosie Napravnik (116); Sam-Son Farms’ Giant’s Tomb, Corey Lanerie (114); and Henry Pabst’s Joinem, Shaun Bridgmohan (113).

 

DUNCAN KENNER STAKES


The Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein-owned coupling of the Steve Margolis-trained Cash Refund and Early Return heads Saturday’s 60th anniversary running of the $150,000 Duncan F. Kenner Stakes at six furlongs.

 

Cash Refund won last year’s Duncan F. Kenner here and the $75,000 Gaudin Memorial earlier last season, while Early Return captured this year’s Gaudin Memorial on Jan. 22.

 

Brian Hernandez Jr. is slated for the saddle on Cash Refund and Shaun Bridgmohan gets the riding assignment aboard Early Return.

 

Completing  Saturday’s Duncan F. Kenner field is Starlight Partners’ Three Day Rush, Corey Lanerie; Agave Racing Stable’s New Bay, Miguel Mena; Louie Roussel III’s Mambo Galliano, James Graham; Zayat Stables’ Riley Tucker, Gerard Melancon; Gold Mark Farm’s Backtalk, Rosie Napravnik and Mr. and Mrs. Martin Wygod’s Snapshot, Kent Desormeaux.

 

BAYOU HANDICAP


Oakcrest Farm et al.’s Upperline, heroine of this winter’s $58,000 Allan Lacombe Memorial Handicap at Fair Grounds and last summer’s Grade III Arlington Oaks at Arlington Park has been installed as the 9-5 morning line choice for Saturday’s 43rd running of the $100,000 Bayou Handicap for older fillies and mares at about 1 1/16-miles over Fair Grounds Stall-Wilson turf course.  Fair Grounds soon-to-be officially crowned 2010-2011 jockey champion Rosie Napravnik rides.

 

Sam Son Farms’ Forest Uproar, third in the Lacombe Memorial but winner of the $58,000 Marie Krantz Memorial earlier this season, has been pegged as the 2-1 second choice with jockey James Graham up.

 

Completing the Bayou Handicap field is Darrell and Lendy Brown’s Valli With a Vow, Robby Albarado; Robert and Lawana Low’s Born Indy U S A, Shaun Bridgmohan; and James Perron Racing Stable’s Category Seven, Richard Eramia.

 

 

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