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Sheer Beauty Returns in Leggio Memorial

Fair Grounds Race Course
Photo: CDI

Bernie Flint-trained Sheer Beauty, owned by L. T. B. Inc. and Miles Childers, won the only grass start of her career by capturing Churchill’s $61,000 Caressing Handicap in 2009, but also got up to finish in a dead-heat for third in last season’s Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks on the main track when beaten less than a length for all the money.


On Saturday, Sheer Beauty will be making her first start since the Fair Grounds Oaks in the $60,000 Dr. A. B. Leggio Memorial at about 5 1/2-furlongs over the Stall-Wilson turf course. The grass dash for older fillies and mares is one of six stakes – two of them graded – on the Road to the Derby Kickoff Day program.


“We found a chip in her ankle (after the Oaks) which we took out,” said Flint. “We don’t want to overtax her this first time back but she’ll be coming from the back of the pack in this race. She’s bred to be a very good grass mare but she’ll run over anything – grass, dirt or an off track – and she’ll go short or she’ll go long. She’s just one of those really good horses.”


Pop-A-Top Stable’s Red Hot Buddha is the lukewarm 7-2 morning line favorite in the Leggio Memorial, and her trainer Tom Amoss was asked to evaluate her chances.


“I thought she ran a good race last time” said Amoss of his filly’s runner-up finish Dec. 4. “On Saturday we’re going to give her a chance to redeem herself for that second place finish.”


Amoss, currently third in the Fair Grounds standings, is a nine-time trainer champion at his hometown oval. 



Despite the feminine connotations of the name, let the record show that David Holloway Racing’s Dubious Miss is a 7-year-old gelding who will go to the post in Saturday’s Grade III Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap over the Stall-Wilson turf course as the first leg of Fair Grounds’ grass series for older horses.


“A lot of people think this horse is a filly because of the name,” said trainer Paul McGee, “but the ‘miss’ in the name is supposed to be like a ‘swing and a miss’ in golf or baseball. This horse has only made two starts on grass but he did run well when he finished second in the (Grade III) Fair Grounds Handicap last year (middle leg of Fair Grounds’ grass series) and we thought this might be a good spot to try him on grass again.”




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