Ticker
  • Hence (10-1) rallies to win the Sunland Park Derby going away.Posted 18 hours ago
  • Ghalia (2-1) edges a game Kell Paso in the Sunland Park Oaks.Posted 20 hours ago
  • Itsinthepost (6-1) drives home the win in the Grade 2 San Luis Rey.Posted 1 day ago
  • Fear the Cowboy (7-2) comes running late to capture the Grade 3 Skip Away.Posted 1 day ago
  • Fast and Accurate (24-1) bursts through to upset the Grade 3 Spiral.Posted 1 day ago
  • Purely a Dream (12-1) pulls ahead in the stretch to take the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks.Posted 1 day ago
  • Arrogate, despite a dreadful break, wins the Dubai World Cup easily.Posted 2 days ago
  • Jack Hobbs is much the best in the Sheema Classic.Posted 2 days ago
  • Vivlos flies late to get up for the win in the $6 million Dubai Turf.Posted 2 days ago
  • Mind Your Biscuits rallies widest of all to win the Golden Shaheen going away.Posted 2 days ago

Smart Bid Returns to New Orleans

Fair Grounds Race Course
Photo: CDI
Augustin Stable’s Smart Bid, hero of Fair Grounds’ Grade II Mervin Muniz Memorial Handicap last year as the Crescent City oval’s showcase event for older horses over the Stall-Wilson turf course, heads a field of 10 named to Saturday’s designed prep for that test – the Grade III Fair Grounds Handicap, which is also carded at about nine furlongs over the local lawn.

 

Although the son of Smart Strike has not visited the winner’s circle since the Muniz Memorial, run last March 26, the Graham Motion trainee finished second by three-quarters of a length in Churchill’s Grade I Woodford Reserve Turf Classic on Kentucky Derby Day last spring, second in Virginia’s $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup June 18 and was then runner-up once more in Woodbine’s Grade II Sky Classic over Canadian grass last Aug. 21.

 

Veteran reinsman Edgar Prado will make up most of the starting high weight of 121 pound assigned astride Smart Bid.

 

Among the challengers for Smart Bid Saturday are Andrews T & S Racing’s Mr. Vegas, David Holloway Racing’s Dubious Miss and Chester Miller and Pat Dupuy’s Strike Impact, respectively the one-two-three finishers in Fair Grounds’ Grade III Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap run over the Stall-Wilson course Jan. 21.

 

Mr. Vegas will be ridden by Miguel Mena, aboard for that last local tally but astride this time with an increased 118-pound assignment. Dubious Miss, assigned a lesser 116 pounds this weekend, has Corey Lanerie slated for the saddle once again; while Strike Impact, in this time with two pounds less than in the Col. Bradley, gets a new rider in Javier Castellano.

 

Completing the Fair Grounds Handicap field is Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s Derby Kitten, Rosie Napravnik up with 114 pounds; Starlight Racing’s Achaemenes, Ramsey Zimmerman (114); Terry Hamilton and Robert Morgan’s Gleam of Hope, James Graham (116); Fantasy Lane Stable’s Uptowncharlybrown, Paco Lopez (113); Team Block’s Mister Marti Gras, Shaun Bridgmohan (117) but cross-entered in Saturday’s Grade III Mineshaft Handicap; and Team Block’s Ioya Bigtime, Robby Albarado (115).

 

 

 

comments powered by Disqus

Related Pages

Related Stories

Top Stories