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Can Applauding Get Two Turns in Silverbulletday?

Can Applauding Get Two Turns in Silverbulletday?
Ramona Bass’s Applauding, brilliant and undefeated in her only two lifetime starts – both at one turn – appears poised on the cusp of added stature as she readies to go to the post as the 4-5 morning line choice in Saturday’s $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at Fair Grounds.

 

The Silverbulletday, contested at a mile and 70 yards, is the first leg of New Orleans’ three race series for sophomore fillies that continues with the Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes Feb. 25 and concludes with the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks March 31 – penultimate day of the Crescent City oval’s 2011-2012 racing season.

 

Saturday at Fair Grounds is also Road to the Derby Kickoff Day Presented by Hotel Monteleone and this weekend’s gala 13-race program offers a total of six stakes worth a total of $650,000 while showcasing the Grade III Lecomte Stakes as a stepping stone to the 99th running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby April 1, Closing Day of Fair Grounds’ season.

 

A special early first race post time of 12:10 p.m. is scheduled at Fair Grounds for the banner afternoon.

 

Applauding made her career debut over Keeneland’s Polytrack course Oct. 14 and dispatched a file of maidens with a nine-length romp, and came back to competition Dec. 2 at Fair Grounds to score by six lengths in equally facile fashion under Louisiana native jockey Shane Sellers. Trainer Al Stall Jr. will employ Sellers again in the Silverbulletday as he eagerly awaits her willingness to get a distance of ground.

 

Greenwood Lodge Farm’s Summer Applause, second choice in the Silverbulletday morning line at 7-2, is another capable of getting further rave reviews. The daughter of Harlan’s Holiday won her last trip to the post here by seven lengths on Dec. 31 and that race was at Saturday’s distance. She will be ridden by seven-time Fair Grounds riding champion Robby Albarado.

 

Completing the Silverbulletday field is Pozo de Luna’s Yvete Sangalo, Shaun Bridgmohan (12-1); Jake Ballis’s Inny Minnie, John Velazquez (8-1); Pop-A-Top’s Always Here Too, James Graham (12-1); and Brereton Jones’ Believe You Can, Rosie Napravnik (4-1).

 

 

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Applauding was withdrawn from Saturday's Silverbulletday Stakes due to a mild case of colic that developed overnight. “I would say she just had a slight tummy ache when I got here this morning,” said trainer Al Stall, Jr. shortly after training hours on Saturday. “She responded to treatment immediately. She’ll be fine.”
I haven't looked at the PPs, so I'm not sure how much speed in there, but from her first 2 races routing doesn't seem like it will be a problem.
One of the more interesting questions of the weekend ... She could be something special.

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