Saturday's 9th race (4:55pm CT) from Fair Grounds is the Grade III Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap for 4-year-olds and up traveling a mile and a sixteenth on the turf course (rail at 25 feet).
#6 TREND (6-1) is
an interesting fresh threat for his new trainer Stidham. He was right there
last year with the likes of Corporate Jungle, Data Link, and Doubles Partner,
and any of those classy rivals would be solid contenders in this spot. He projects
a tactical trip under profitable turf rider Eramia.
#7 Optimizer (7-2) ran
fifteen times last year including all three Triple Crown races. Lukas won two
stakes last weekend and his well-spotted iron horse does his best work on turf.
#1 String King (10-1) is a sharp, versatile LA-bred. The fresh gelding has a
nose for the wire and has run well against open company before.
(8-1) is lightly raced and on the upswing for Stall. Not sure if he is up to
this company yet but he has plenty of upside and should offer value.
$13 to win #6
$6 Exacta 6/1-4-7 ($18)
$3 Exacta 1-4-7/6 ($9)
analysis by Jarrod Horak