Sam-Son Farms’ odds-on favorite Forest Uproar, away fastest but quickly taken off the lead, responded boldly when asked for a run by jockey
James Graham in mid-stretch and drew off late for a convincing three-length tally at Fair Grounds Saturday in the featured $60,000
Marie G. Krantz Memorial Handicap.
broke fastest and I kept waiting for someone else to take the lead, but
no one went so I dropped her back behind the #1 horse (Naveed Chowhan’s
Caminadora) just to give
her something to look at,” Graham said after the race. “But as soon as I
asked her to go she really went. She gave me everything I asked for.”
Forest Uproar accomplished the about 1 1/16-mile distance over a
Stall-Wilson turf course rated good in a pedestrian 1:51.30 after Camindora’s hobby horse early splits of 28.68 and 55.85.
“Did you set a record for the slowest mile and a sixteenth time for the stakes ever?” Fair Grounds’ television personality
Katie Mikolay asked winning trainer
Mark Frostad in a post-race winner’s circle interview.
mean that race wasn’t a mile and an eighth?” Frostad quipped in reply,
before adding, “They all had their shot. She came through and did
what she had to do.”
Uproar returned mutuels of $3.20, $2.40 and $2.10 and increased her
career earnings to $201,696 with her fourth victory in nine career
starts. The $60,000 Allen Lacombe Memorial Handicap at the same distance on the grass Feb. 27 might be her next local assignment, trainer Frostad indicated after the race.
Avie’s Tale, void of early foot, rallied in the late stages to gain the place by a neck and pay $3.20 and $2.60, while John Weiczorek’s
Instant Style got up for the show position and returned $4.