I Dazzle Attempts Repeat in Red Camelia

March 18, 2015 12:24pm
Saturday's $60,000 Red Camelia Stakes has attracted a competitive field of eight Louisiana-bred turf fillies and mares over about one mile on the Stall-Wilson turf course at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, including 2014 winner I Dazzle from the stable of Mike Stidham. Owned by her trainer in partnership with The Farm on 4 and Brent Gasaway, the daughter of Hold That Tiger is two-for-two over the course – including last year’s 1¼-length victory over Tensas Harbor and an allowance win one effort prior.

An eight-time winner of $391,737, I Dazzle has kept herself busy since said efforts – including a victory in the $75,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff at Louisiana Downs on grass and a second in the local $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies on dirt among her nine starts. She will try to improve upon the wide journey she had at Sam Houston last out when ninth in the $50,000 Jersey Lily Stakes. Leading jockey James Graham returns to the saddle and will break from post two for Stidham, who leads all local trainers in grass earnings.

Tensas Harbor will try to improve upon her runner-up finish last year for trainer Keith Desormeaux and owner Cantrell Family Partnership. The late-running daughter of Private Vow will break from post three under Brian Hernandez, Jr., and exits a second consecutive win in the $150,000 Louisiana Premier Night Distaff at Delta Downs on dirt. With two wins from five turf starts, the 5-year-old bay mare has proven to be as versatile as she is consistent, having hit the board in 14 of 23 starts overall.

Lloyd Viator, Jr.’s Ron Faucheux-trained Eva La Rouge will continue her impressive comeback when she breaks from the rail under red-hot Richard Eramia. The lightly raced front-running daughter of Kitten’s Joy returned from a 17-month layoff on New Year’s Day to win a local allowance optional claiming event in what was only the 5-year-old mare’s eighth career start. She returned six weeks later to win a second-level allowance optional claiming event, diligently holding off fellow Red Camelia foe Heatseeker Sharon. Said Frank Leggio-trained rival also enters the race in great form, having finished first or second in seven of her last nine starts for owners John Duvielh and Keith and Earl Hernandez. She breaks from post four under Robby Albarado.

The remainder of the field for the 39th running of the Red Camelia Stakes is comprised of stakes winner Tujuacagofast (Willie Martinez, post five), stakes-placed Indian Wind (Carlos Marquez, post six), late-running allowance mare E Moon (Jose Riquelme, post seven) and consistent six-time winner Prissy Bele (Colby Hernandez, post eight).

Source: Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots


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