Coteau Grove Farms’ Little Ms Protocol,
heroine of Delta’s $125,000 Louisiana Premier Night Starlet Stakes at
last asking Feb. 4, has been installed as the solid 9-5 morning line
favorite in Saturday’s
Fair Grounds headliner – the 10th anniversary edition of the $60,000 Sarah
Lane’s Oates Stakes.
Restricted to accredited Louisiana-bred 3-year-old fillies, the
Oates will be run at about one mile over Fair Grounds’ Stall-Wilson
turf course and has attracted a field of 10 including a coupling.
the Starlet, Little Ms Protocol raced well behind the early leaders,
commenced a rally when set down for the drive and got up to be best
by a neck at the wire. Before that the daughter of El Corredor used
similar tactics in Delta’s $150,000 Louisiana Jewel Nov. 19 on Delta
Jackpot night when best by a length and quarter despite racing four-wide into the lane.
Pat Devereux, Little Ms Protocol will be running at the Fair Grounds for the first time in her career but will have regular rider
Diego Saenz in the irons once again.
Capable of providing strong competition for the morning line favorite is Brittlyn Stables’
Sunday’s Child, who broke
her maiden here at first asking during Fair Grounds’ traditional
Thanksgiving opening day program on Nov. 24. In her only start since
then the daughter of Any Given Saturday finished third
in Fair Grounds’ $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Lassie Stakes Dec.
10. She breezed a half-mile in 51.80 last Monday.
Two-time Fair Grounds trainer champion
Al Stall Jr. conditions
Sunday’s Child, who has been pegged at 7-2 as the second choice in the
early line and will be ridden once again by defending Fair Grounds
jockey champion and current leading rider
Not to be discounted in the
Sarah Lane’s Oates is Don Eberts’
Scratchmybackhoney, who broke her maiden over the local lawn in her last start Jan. 6. The
Morris Nicks trainee has veteran reinsman
Shane Sellers slated for the saddle and is the 5-1 third choice in the morning line.
Completing the field is the entry of the I Lee Lange et al.-owned coupling of
Tica Caliente and Good Gosh
Golly, to be ridden respectively by
Robby Albarado and Ramsey Zimmerman; Garland Goins’
She’s Prado’s Idol,
Manny Vazquez; Dan Lynch, Ken Sentel and Merrill Scherer’s
Leaha’s Princess, Richard Eramia; Ross and Norma Keith and Constance Schuble’s
Insincerely Yours, James Graham; S A S Partners’
Lindomo, Eddie Martin Jr.; and Charles Begnaud’s
Miss Helen Jay, Shaun Bridgmohan.