Despite her name, Pop-A-Top’s Red Hot Buddha is only
a lukewarm choice at 7-2 in the morning line for Saturday’s $60,000 Dr. A.
B. Leggio Memorial Stakes for older fillies and mares at about 5
1/2-furlongs over the Stall-Wilson turf course.
Melnyk Racing Stables’ Mullins
(4-1), Team Valor International and Highfield Stock Farm’s Chantilly Nayla
(9-2), and Coteau Grove Farms’ Lady Alexander (5-1) are also well
regarded in what shapes up as a wide open wagering affair for members of the
Completing the Leggio field is Ike and Dawn Thrash’s Wild
About Marie, Branch Equine’s Bandora, Richard Davis’s Greeley’s
Rocket, WinStar Farm’s Mimi’s Bling, Last Call Racing Partnership’s Mizzcan’tbewrong
and L. T. B. and Miles Childers’ Sheer Beauty.
MAMBO GALLIANO, EARLY RETURN VIE IN GAUDIN MEMORIAL
Louie Roussel III’s Mambo Galliano, winner of Fair
Grounds’ Thanksgiving Handicap, and Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein’s Early
Return, runner-up in the local Bonapaw Stakes, are the 7-5 and 8-5 choices
respectively in Saturday’s $60,000 F. W. Gaudin Memorial Stakes for
older horses at six furlongs.
Completing the field are Judson Streicher’s Le Grand Cru,
Oliver Pierce’s Sweetsouthernmoon, and Debbie Davis’s Hawaiian Dream.