Morris Nicks is heating up just like the weather at Louisiana Downs.
As the mercury creeps up toward triple digits in northern Louisiana
earlier than usual this summer, Nicks has had a run of victories that
finds him atop the trainer standings with eight winners from just 24
starters during the first month of the meeting.
“It does make things go easier,” Nicks said during training hours Monday. “It is always nice to win races.”
One of the most impressive of Nicks’s conquests was a maiden score by
the 3-year-old colt Eddie’s Band, who graduated to the ranks of winners
last Friday in his second career start. The son of Eddington out the
Deputy Minister mare Bandstand led from start to finish in the
seven-furlong maiden special affair and eventually won by more than nine
lengths, stopping the timer in an eye-opening 1:22.85 over a strip that
was not playing particularly fast.