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Margolis Makes Fair Grounds Stakes Plans

Fair Grounds Race Course
Photo: CDI

Trainer Steve Margolis, whose horses Due Date and Early Return finished first and second, respectively, in the $60,000 Bonapaw Stakes on Santa Super Saturday, reported that both of those Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein-owned 5-year-olds came out of their Bonapaw engagements without problems and will likely return in future Fair Grounds stakes events during the 2010-2011 racing season in New Orleans.

 

“All of my horses that ran yesterday came back fine,” said Margolis Sunday morning after celebrating over an Italian dinner with Richard Klein Saturday night. “We’ll probably give Due Date a little break and wait to run him back in the ($60,000) Colonel Power (at about 5 ½ furlongs over the Stall-Wilson turf course Feb. 19), but Early Return might come back before that in something like the ($60,000) Gaudin (Memorial at six furlongs on the main track Jan. 22). Of course, we also have Cash Refund (another Klein color bearer who won last year’s Gaudin) getting ready to run, and he might end up in the Gaudin as well.

 

“I also thought Street Storm ran a good race yesterday,” said Margolis of Right Time Racing’s 2-year-old filly that ran third in Saturday’s $60,000 Letellier Memorial. “She’s fine today and we’ll probably look at the 3-year-old filly series with her.

 

“Jake Ballis’s horse (the undefeated 2-year-old colt Cheyann Belief) came up with a little problem,” Margolis said. “He worked good the other day but then he wasn’t acting quite right, so we took a look at him and discovered a little chip. That’s why we had to scratch him out of his race yesterday (the $60,000 Sugar Bowl Stakes). As for Cool Bullet (seventh in the Bonapaw after winning last year’s Sugar Bowl), I thought he’d like the grass better than he ran over it yesterday because he won so easily on synthetic, but it’s back to the drawing board with him.”

 

Considering the impact the Margolis barn has had on Fair Grounds’ stakes program recently, it’s hard to believe that it was exactly two years ago on Dec. 18 that the trainer saddled his first winner at Fair Grounds when Gold Square’s Lady Chace reached the winner’s circle and posted a $41 win mutuel. Born in New York, the 47-year-old conditioner had spent several winters at Gulfstream before coming here, and also saddled Cajun Beat to win the 2003 Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Santa Anita for a $47.60 straight price.

 

 

 

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