Fair Grounds Allowance Draws Stakes Talent

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December 06, 2014 12:37pm

Thursday’s feature, a 5½-furlong turf allowance for three year olds and upward has drawn a graded stakes-worthy field with graded stakes winners Gantry and Sum of the Parts taking on graded stakes winner and multiple Grade I-placed Unbridled’s Note in the event slated to go off as race six.

Mike McCarty’s Unbridled’s Note is winless in 2014, but was second in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint in 2012 before finishing a good fourth in that event one year later. He comes off a third in the $100,000 Damascus Stakes on the Breeders’ Cup Friday undercard behind graded stakes winners Chitu and Bahamian Squall over the dirt and should appreciate a return to the turf.

Gantry exits a disappointing and perplexing fifth-place finish when trying to defend his $60,000 Thanksgiving Handicap title on Nov. 27. The gelded son of Pulpit’s last win came over this course and distance in the $60,000 Colonel Power Stakes on March 15 for trainer Ron Faucheux.

Sum of the Parts is an intriguing entry as he was recently claimed from longtime trainer Tom Amoss in a Nov. 29 optional claiming event and now runs for Karl Broberg and owner End Zone Athletics on 12 days’ rest.

“We’ll see how he does,” Broberg said. “Hopefully he won’t regress in our hands. It came up tough, but we may be the controlling speed.”
 
Rowell Enterprises’ Heitai is on point for a defense of his $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint title, according to Broberg. The winner of nine of his last 13 starts, including seven stakes, the wickedly fast of Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus exits a disappointing loss on Nov. 23 at 3-10 odds. 
 
“He’s doing great and we’re going in the Sprint,” Broberg confirmed. “Obviously we were disappointed with the last run, but on the other hand it was the first time he’s ever been passed and fought back. Normally when he gets passed he drops anchor.”
 
Heitai was beaten on a sealed muddy course that did not favor frontrunners by improving Eddie Johnston trainee Too Dim. “I’ve got a feeling that the track will be more kind to speed horses than it was the other day,” Broberg added. 
 
Source: Fair Grounds Communications 

 

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