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Breeders' Cup 2017

Tourmaline Ready for FG Oaks Route Test

Fair Grounds Race Course
Photo: CDI

Tourmaline is a crystal boron silicate mineral that is classified as a semi-precious stone.

 

Tourmaline the horse is a 3-year-old filly who is dismissed as the 20-1 longest shot in the morning line for Saturday’s $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks and has made only two starts, both at six furlongs and five months apart. Did her owners Mike Walker and Wayne Ukens find a gem when the picked her out?

 

“She’s a big, tall, long, leggy filly who’s a good mover and we think she’ll go long,” said trainer Lon Wiggins, son of Hal Wiggins, who trained 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra to win the 2009 Fair Grounds Oaks and then go on to win the Kentucky Oaks. “She gallops that way and she’s made that way. She ran real well in her first start last September and we took her to Keeneland and Churchill, but she developed a little shin problem there and we had to stop on her. But then she came back (Feb. 27) at Tampa after that long layoff and just missed by a half-length and was closing fast at the wire.

 

“Her owners are just a couple of good ole boys from Oklahoma and they want to see where the horse takes them,” Wiggins said. “Lucky for me, they asked me to train her for them. She had a nice work at Tampa (four furlongs in 50.40) on Monday and then I brought her up here.”

 

Wiggins, along with his now-retired father and the rest of the Wiggins family, are all in New Orleans to attend Rachel Alexandra’s induction into the Fair Grounds Hall of Fame Thursday evening.

 

Trainer Steve Margolis, who will saddle Gold Square’s Little Miss Holly as well as Thoroughbred Futures Racing II’s Switching Gears in Saturday’s Fair Grounds Oaks, reported during training hours Thursday morning that all was well with the pair.

 

“I like the way both my fillies are doing right now,” said Margolis. “It looks like Josie Carroll’s horse (Donver Stable’s Inglorious is the one to beat – and she looks tough – but I’ve got Edgar Prado to ride Little Miss Holly and Shaun Bridgmohan ride Switching Gears for me after he won with her in her last start.”

 

 

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