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Gold Soul Plays Whirlaway at Fair Grounds

Fair Grounds Race Course
Photo: CDI
Calumet Farm’s 1941 Triple Crown winner Whirlaway was installed as the 3-1 morning line favorite in a field of 12 racing immortals for Saturday’s one-time-only Fair Grounds Legends Purse on the first Saturday of the milestone 140th Thoroughbred Racing Season at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

 

“That was the easy part, making the Triple Crown winner the favorite,” said morning line oddsmaker Mike Diliberto. “Then it got tough.”

 

The real Whirlaway won’t be racing, of course, but Charles Begnaud’s 3-year-old Louisiana-bred Gold Soul will play the part. Each of the entrants in Saturday’s sixth race will bear the historically accurate “throwback” colors of Fair Grounds Hall of Fame members. Track announcer John G. Dooley will call the names of the corresponding Legends as if competing in a fantasy race. The Fair Grounds Legends Purse will be a standard pari-mutuel contest, with the only deviations from normal procedure being the silks and the race call.

 

The morning line odds were determined for the contemporary horses per normal procedure. The Legends were assigned to entrants in order of Diliberto’s preference. As it happens, Gold Soul is a chestnut, as was Whirlaway.

 

Here’s the full field for the Fair Grounds Legends Purse, for 3-, 4- and 5-year-old Louisiana-bred maidens at one mile and 70 yards, from the rail out (with contemporary horse name, jockey and morning line odds): Whirlaway (Gold Soul, Kerwin Clark, 3-1); Cabildo (C. McHale, Jose Riquelme, 10-1); Lecomte (Big Bartz, Robert May, 20-1); Tiffany Lass (Vermilion King, Marlon St. Julien, 20-1); Grindstone (Bigbandit, C.J. McMahon, 8-1); Master Derby (Kasos Pride, Richard Eramia, 6-1); Tenacious (Brandonsbabyblayre, James Graham, 8-1); Black Gold (Redredred, John Jacinto, 5-1); Lexington (Roge’s Chemo, Jose Camejo, 20-1); Blushing K.D. (Great Planet, Denny Velazquez, 20-1); Risen Star (Deelightful Angel, Miguel Mena, 4-1) and Pan Zareta (T Sita, Thomas Porche III, 20-1).

 

Saturday’s on-track program will include a collectible insert depicting the silks of the Legends, along with their biographies and photos.

 


 

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