Magic Man’s look at Saturday’s Fair Grounds races

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As we get into the opening weekend of racing here at the Fair Grounds 2018-19 racing season, most of you know I have been picking races here and around the country for a long while. Just yesterday I got a very salty email telling me that I can’t pick worth a darn.

To that guy I say this: first, thank you for reading my column and second, if you think you can do better, I am going to issue an open challenge to you. Let’s pick a racing day, preferably on a weekend and use a $100 budget on the Fair Grounds races only. After it’s over, let’s see if you still have a voice to run at me. I know my ability in handicapping races. I will let my handicapping do the talking.

With that, let’s win some races on this Saturday card.

Fair Grounds
November 17, 2018

RACE 1 – POST TIME – 3:00 PM
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PPS & SELECTIONS
PP (RACE 1)
Exacta / $0.50 Trifecta / $0.10 Superfecta $0.50 Pick 3 (Races 1-2-3) / Daily Double/ $.50 Pick 4 (Races 1-2-3-4)
Fair Grounds ALLOWANCE OPTIONAL CLAIMING $12,500
Purse $40,000. (Includes $8,000 – Other Sources) (Includes $6,000 – LAVPF – Louisiana Video Poker Fund). For Accredited La Bred Three Year Olds And Upward Which Have Never Won A Race Other Than Maiden, Claiming, Or Starter Or Which Have Never Won Two Races Or Claiming Price $12,500. Three Year Olds, 121 Lbs.; Older, 124 Lbs. Non-winners Of Two Races At A Mile Or Over On The Turf Since September 17 Allowed 2 Lbs. One such race since then Allowed 4 Lbs. Claiming Price $12,500. (If deemed inadvisable by management to run this race over the turf course, it will be run on the main track at One Mile.) (Rail at 10feet). About One Mile. (Turf) (Rail at 10 Feet)
P# PP Horse Virtual
Stable A/S Med Claim $ Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1 Neon Sky (LA)
[ ] 5/G L $0 C Sutherland
120 J Ney
12/1
2 2 Well’s Gold (LA)
[ ] 10/G L $12,500 T Kennedy
120 K Broberg
4/1
3 3 T’ Cadeau (LA)
[ ] 5/G L $12,500 A Green
120 J C Pastor
12/1
4 4 Get It to Geaux (LA)
[ ] 4/G L $0 E Lara
1155 S Gelner
12/1
5 5 Uncle Nearis (LA)
[ ] 3/G L $0 S Bridgmohan
117 T Gabriel 12/1
6 6 Paddy O’Lionel (LA)
[ ] 4/G L $12,500 J Graham
120 J E Hodges
7/2
7 7 Papa’s Boy (LA)
[ ] 3/G L $0 J Gilligan
117 N Leggio
15/1
8 8 Zippy (LA)
[ ] 3/G L $0 M Pedroza
117 L G Gabriel, Jr.
10/1
9 9 Crooked as Can Be (LA)
[ ] 9/G L $12,500 C J Hernandez
120 K Broberg
4/1
10 10 Sand Pit Road (LA)
[ ] 6/G L $12,500 C L Marquez
120 A Klanfer
9/2
Also Eligibles:
11 11 Charlie’s Affair (LA) (MTO)
[ ] 6/G L $12,500 J Graham
120 P Devereux, Jr.
6/1
First Start Since Reported as Gelding: 8 – Zippy
Owners: 1 – Elaine Raby ; 2 – Royalty Thoroughbreds, LLC ( Robert Asaro and Courtney Barousse ) ; 3 – Jamie C. Pastor ; 4 – Phyllis L. Presswood ; 5 – Rebecca Farms, LLC (Richard A. Savoie) and T. J. Dickey ; 6 – Phyllis J. Hodges ; 7 – Glen C. Warren and The Pinot Group ( Nicholas Leggio ) ; 8 -Jay and Joan Janssen ; 9 – Rocket Wrench Racing LLC (Justin Revak) ; 10 – Circle H Farms ( Don P. Hargroder ) ; 11 – Tav Enterprises LLC (John Tavormina and Leslie Rhorer)
Breeders: 1 – Half Moon Stables, LLC; 2 – J. Weldon Granger; 3 – Dexsan Stables LLC; 4 – Paul J. Sita; 5 – Rebecca Farms, LLC & T. J. Dickey; 6 – Sugarland Thoroughbreds, L.L.C.; 7 – Dr. Glen Warren; 8 – Brian Christopher Schartz & 4M Ranch; 9 – Cloyce C. Clark Jr.; 10 – Circle H Farms & Carrol J. Castille; 11 – Stewart M. Madison
Pedigrees (Sire – Dam, by Dam Sire): 1 – Custom for Carlos – R Indy Anna , by Olmodavor ; 2 – Gold Tribute – Lucky Buck’s Baby , by Spend a Buck ; 3 – Tiz the One – Ocean Wild , by Ocean Crest ; 4 – Sun King – To Geaux , by Zuppardo’s Prince ; 5 – Lion Tamer – Backside Blackie , by Yes It’s True ; 6 – Paddy O’Prado – Dana’s Lucky Lady , by Lucky Lionel ; 7 – G. W.’s Skippie – Gayle’s Channel , by English Channel ; 8 – Morning Line – Queenie’s Pride, by Special Rate ; 9 – Political Force – Satin Breeze , by Fly So Free ; 10 – Bluegrass Cat – Burren , by Rahy ; 11 – My Pal Charlie – Seaside Affair , bySea of Secrets ;
Sire of Zippy standing at Lane’s End

Equipment Changes: 8 – Zippy – Blinkers On

My Selections
1-Crooked as Can Be-trainer has 2 live chances but I am going to side with him

2-Sand Pit Road-another one who merits a long look in this contest

3-Well’s Gold-the second of this trainers entry also has a good shot in here

RACE 2 – POST TIME – 3:28 PM
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PPS & SELECTIONS
PP (RACE 2)
Exacta / $0.50 Trifecta / $0.10 Superfecta / Daily Double $0.50 Pick 3 (Races 2-3-4)
Fair Grounds MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT
Purse $41,000. (Includes $8,000 – Other Sources). For Accredited La Bred Maidens, Two Years Old. Weight, 120 Lbs. (Louisiana Champions Day Nominees Preferred)(Then Preference To Horses That Have Not Started For Less Than $20,000 In Their Last 3 Starts). Five And One Half Furlongs.
P# PP Horse Virtual
Stable A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1 Our Prince (LA)
[ ] 2/G L G Saez
120 R Faucheux
6/1
2 2 He’s No Bully (LA)
[ ] 2/G L C Sutherland
120 C A Richards
20/1
3 3 King Bayou (LA)
[ ] 2/C L J Gilligan
120 S Gelner
6/1
4 4 Boston Bind (LA)
[ ] 2/G L J Graham
120 J E Hodges
9/2
5 5 Star Fitzstall (LA)
[ ] 2/C L1 C J Hernandez
120 A M Stall, Jr.
7/2
6 6 Typhoon Tycoon (LA)
[ ] 2/C L1 T Kennedy
120 J Sharp
8/1
7 7 Greeley’s Banker (LA)
[ ] 2/C L M Mena
120 H Alonzo
8/1
8 8 Senator Con (LA)
[ ] 2/G L1 M Pedroza
120 A Balderas
20/1
9 9 Saint William (LA)
[ ] 2/C L1 M Murrill
120 J M Foster
10/1
10 10 Shang (LA)
[ ] 2/C L1 S Bridgmohan
120 S M Asmussen
4/1
Owners: 1 – Ming Yan Ng and Joseph Morono ; 2 – Cynthia A. Sharp and Corale A. Richards ; 3 – Scott Gelner ; 4 – Phyllis J. Hodges and Randy Schiender ; 5 – Brittlyn Stable, Inc. ( Evelyn Benoit ) ; 6 – Carl R. Moore Management, LLC ( Carl R. Moore ) ; 7 – J. Patrick Lee Racing, LLC (J. Patrick Lee) ; 8 – Star Valley Thoroughbreds, LLC ( Gerald Hunsicker ) ; 9 – Marble Farms, LLC (Margaret Stanton and William May) ; 10 – Corrine and L. William Heiligbrodt
Breeders: 1 – Curt Leake; 2 – Adcock’s Red River Farm, LLC; 3 – Georgia Farms Inc; 4 – J. Adcock & Montgomery Equine Center; 5 – Brittlyn, Inc.; 6 – 5 B Farm, Inc.; 7 – Gerald L. Averett; 8 – Hunsicker Equine Associates; 9 – Marble Farms, L.L.C.; 10 – Cloyce C. Clark Jr.
Pedigrees (Sire – Dam, by Dam Sire): 1 – Half Ours – Harbor Princess , by Boston Harbor ; 2 – Bind – I Told You So , by Plain Dealing ; 3 – Lion Tamer -Saucey Officer , by Officer ; 4 – Bind – Tensas Salt , by Salt Lake ; 5 – Star Guitar – Wild About Marie , by Wildcat Heir ; 6 – Tiz the One – Shy Baby , byOut of Place ; 7 – Greeley’s Galaxy – Ms. Banker , by Banker’s Gold ; 8 – Custom for Carlos – Carson’s Twinkle , by Carson City ; 9 – Tiz the One -Maggie’s Agenda , by Twilight Agenda ; 10 – Shanghai Bobby – Humble Janet , by Humble Eleven ;
Equipment Changes: 3 – King Bayou – Blinkers off

My Selections
1-Shang-slight edge to this one in a close one to call

2-Our Prince-price play figures to be in the mix too

3-Star Fitzstall-well bred sort also has a good chance here

RACE 3 – POST TIME – 3:58 PM
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PPS & SELECTIONS
PP (RACE 3)
Exacta / $0.50 Trifecta / $0.10 Superfecta $0.50 Pick 3 (Races 3-4-5) / Daily Double
Fair Grounds CLAIMING $17,500 – $15,000
Purse $21,000. (Includes $4,000 – Other Sources) (Plus $3,000 – ALBSS-Accredited LA Bred Slot Supplement). For Three Year Olds And Upward. Three Year Olds, 121 Lbs.; Older, 124 Lbs. Non-winners of two races at a mile or over on the turf since September 17 Allowed 2 Lbs. One such race since then Allowed 4 Lbs. Claiming Price $17,500, For Each $500 To $15,000 1lb. (Races Where Entered For $12,500 Or Less Not Considered In Allowances). (If deemed inadvisable by management to run this race over the turf course, it will be run on the main track at One Mile.) . About One Mile. (Turf) (Rail at 10 Feet)
P# PP Horse Virtual
Stable A/S Med Claim $ Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1 Resilient Rick (IL)
[ ] 5/G L $17,500 T Kennedy
120 W M Catalano
7/2
2 2 Itsthebourbontalkn (KY)
[ ] 5/G L $17,500 S Bridgmohan
120 K L Harris
8/1
3 3 Aubenas (FR)
[ ] 5/G L $17,500 M Mena
120 A M Stall, Jr.
10/1
4 4 One Kind of Crazy (KY)
[ ] 5/G L $15,000 M Pedroza
115 T Glover
30/1
5 5 Ghurair (KY)
[ ] 8/H L $17,500 J Gilligan
122 S M Asmussen
4/1
6 6 War Bond (KY)
[ ] 5/H L $17,500 J Graham
120 R Faucheux
12/1
7 7 Western Reserve (KY)
[ ] 6/G L $17,500 J Bravo
120 N W Casse
5/2
8 8 Pilot House (KY)
[ ] 5/G L $15,000 A Green
115 S Delany
20/1
9 9 Senator Robert (CA)
[ ] 5/G L $15,000 C Sutherland
115 K M Mordenti
20/1
10 10 Menewa (AL)
[ ] 6/G L $17,500 M Murrill
120 J P Smith
15/1
11 11 Irish Proud (KY)
[ ] 4/C L $17,500 J Valdivia, Jr.
120 A McKeever
12/1
12 12 Mosta Flyin (TX)
[ ] 4/G L $15,000 J Rodriguez
1105 J Gomez
30/1
Also Eligibles:
13 13 Heat Flash (CA)
[ ] 8/G L $17,500 C J Hernandez
122 K Broberg
4/1
14 14 Grand Marais (MN) (MTO)
[ ] 4/G L $17,500 M Murrill
120 G M Scherer
12/1
15 15 Point Hope (KY) (MTO)
[ ] 7/G L $17,500 J Graham
120 R Faucheux
7/2
Owners: 1 – Catalano Thoroughbreds, Inc.(Wayne M. Catalano ) and Gary Levinson ; 2 – Gillian and Kirk L. Harris ; 3 – Richard C. Colton Jr., Stella Thayer, and Mark Bliedan ; 4 – TOLO Thoroughbreds, Inc ( Geoffrey Nixon ) ; 5 – Brad Grady ; 6 – Ivery Sisters Racing, LLC ( Brian Ivery ) ; 7 – D C Racing (David Levitch) and Cardinal Hill Racing ( Norm W. Casse) ; 8 – Brent Gasaway ; 9 – Gerald and Brody Veal ; 10 – Bobby G. Pruitt ; 11 – Matthew White ; 12 – Jorge Gomez ; 13 – End Zone Athletics, Inc. ( Karl Broberg and Matt Johanson ) ; 14 – Jeff Zlonis, Gary M. Scherer and Steve Goldfine ; 15 – Ming Yan Ng and Joseph Morono
Breeders: 1 – Catalano Thoroughbreds Inc.; 2 – Dr. Patricia Ziefle; 3 – Stilvi Compania Financiera S.A.; 4 – Lothenbach Stables Inc; 5 – Kirsten Rausing; 6 – Jon Kelly & Sarah Kelly; 7 – Juddmonte Farms Inc; 8 – G. Watts Humphrey Jr.; 9 – George Schmitt & Mary Clare Schmitt; 10 – Bobby G. Pruitt; 11 – Clearsky Farms; 12 – Thomas Castoldi; 13 – Madeline Auerbach & Barry Abrams; 14 – Jeff Zlonis; 15 – Darley
Pedigrees (Sire – Dam, by Dam Sire): 1 – War Chant – Sam’s Philly , by Orientate ; 2 – Tale of the Cat – Tri Delt Girl , by Sefapiano ; 3 – Siyouni (FR) -Dexandra (GR) , by Evippos (GR) ; 4 – Distorted Humor – Single Solution , by Flatter ; 5 – Elusive Quality – Alta Moda (GB) , by Sadler’s Wells ; 6 – War Front – Meridiana (GER) , by Lomitas (GB) ; 7 – Indian Charlie – Visit (GB) , by Oasis Dream (GB) ; 8 – Midshipman – Clear Destiny , by Deputy Minister ; 9 – Sierra Sunset – Sharoana , by Lord Carson ; 10 – Royal Empire – Canora , by Runaway Groom ; 11 – Proud Citizen – Paddy’s Daisy , by King of Kings (IRE) ; 12 – Early Flyer – Olmosta , by Olmos ; 13 – Unusual Heat – Ballistic Lady , by Show Dancer ; 14 – Drosselmeyer – Pretty as a Smile , by Vision and Verse ; 15 – Elusive Quality – Jinni , by A.P. Indy ;
Sire of Pilot House standing at Darley
Equipment Changes: 6 – War Bond – Blinkers off;12 – Mosta Flyin – Blinkers off

My Selections
1-Western Reserve-feel like he is the one to beat here

2-Aubenas-price play is one I have a hunch will run well

3-Resilient Rick-another who is capable of taking this one

RACE 4 – POST TIME – 4:28 PM
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PPS & SELECTIONS
PP (RACE 4)
Exacta / $0.50 Trifecta / $0.10 Superfecta $0.50 Pick 3 (Races 4-5-6) / Daily Double/$ .50 Pick 4 (Races 4-5-6-7)
Fair Grounds MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT
Purse $41,000. (Includes $8,000 – Other Sources). For Accredited La Bred Maidens, Two Years Old. Weight, 120 Lbs. (Louisiana Champions Day Nominees Preferred)(Then Preference To Horses That Have Not Started For Less Than $20,000 In Their Last 3 Starts). Five And One Half Furlongs.
P# PP Horse Virtual
Stable A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1 Unrestricted (LA)
[ ] 2/C L1 C J Hernandez
120 A M Stall, Jr.
7/2
2 2 Calimambo (LA)
[ ] 2/G L J Graham
120 J E Hodges
4/1
3 3 Shanghai Story (LA)
[ ] 2/C J Gilligan
120 D J Viator
12/1
4 4 Half a Bite (LA)
[ ] 2/G A Green
120 M R Scherer
12/1
5 5 Dream On Mister (LA)
[ ] 2/C L T Kennedy
120 H Alonzo
12/1
6 6 Nuggetsofknowledge (LA)
[ ] 2/C L1 M Murrill
120 W B Bradley
12/1
7 7 Make Me Smile (LA)
[ ] 2/G L S Bridgmohan
120 K G Bourgeois
5/1
8 8 Boston Repo (LA)
[ ] 2/G L1 M Mena
120 R Faucheux
5/1
9 9 Kat’s Pop (LA)
[ ] 2/C L1 C J Bourque
120 J A Leblanc
20/1
10 10 Tiz a Gentleman (LA)
[ ] 2/G L G Saez
120 E J Johnston
10/1
11 11 Whiskey’s Gone (LA)
[ ] 2/C L1 J Valdivia, Jr.
120 D Pish
8/1
Owners: 1 – Columbine Stable, LLC ( Andrea S. Pollack ) ; 2 – Phyllis J. Hodges ; 3 – World War IV Racing ( Warren McFatter and John Christmann ) ; 4 – Dan Lynch, Ken Sentel and Merrill R. Scherer ; 5 – J. Patrick Lee Racing, LLC (J. Patrick Lee) ; 6 – Allied Racing Stable, LLC (Chester Thomas) ; 7 -Robert Asaro and Greg Tramontin ; 8 – Daniel Dantin Jr, Daniel Dantin Sr. and Ron Faucheux ; 9 – Bonnie Miller ; 10 – William J. Deckwa, Jr. ; 11 -James R. Dimel
Breeders: 1 – Columbine Stable, LLC; 2 – J. Adcock & Hume Wornall; 3 – World War IV Racing; 4 – Thomas B. Early; 5 – Coulee Croche Thor., LLC; 6 – Larry Romero; 7 – Aleta Camperlengo Overby; 8 – Rebecca Farms, LLC; 9 – Glenn Bernard & Howard Romero; 10 – Phase Three Racing, LLC; 11 – James R. Dimel
Pedigrees (Sire – Dam, by Dam Sire): 1 – Bind – Fairyland Lustre , by Sligo Bay (IRE) ; 2 – Calibrachoa – Mambo Lake , by Friends Lake ; 3 – Shanghai Bobby – Tory’s Triumph , by Grand Appointment ; 4 – Half Ours – Quest Mount , by Conveyor ; 5 – Custom for Carlos – Dreaming of Lucy , by Concerto ; 6 – Half Ours – Ballagren , by Saint Ballado ; 7 – Star Guitar – Blonde Bullet , by Red Bullet ; 8 – Lion Tamer – Reposessed , by Jump Start ; 9 – Classic Alliance – Southern Luxury , by Northern Afleet ; 10 – Yankee Gentleman – Day of Litany , by Tiznow ; 11 – The Hunk – Hemingwa’swhiskey , by Open Forum ;

My Selections

1-Calimambo-leaning here in what looks to be a close one

2-Boston Repo-overlay chance also can be in the mix

3-Unrestricted-contention for the win also includes this guy

RACE 5 – POST TIME – 4:58 PM
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PPS & SELECTIONS
PP (RACE 5)
Exacta / $0.50 Trifecta / $0.10 Superfecta / Daily Double $0.50 Pick 3 (Races 5-6-7) / $0.50 Black Gold 5 (Races 5-9)
Fair Grounds MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT
Purse $38,000. (Includes $4,000 – Other Sources) (Plus $4,000 – ALBSS-Accredited LA Bred Slot Supplement). For Maidens, Two Years Old. Weight, 120 Lbs. (Preference To Horses That Have Not Started For Less Than $25,000 In Their Last 3 Starts). (If deemed inadvisable by management to run this race over the turf course, it will be run on the main track at One Mile and One Sixteenth.) . About One And One Sixteenth Miles. (Turf) (Rail at 10 Feet)
P# PP Horse Virtual
Stable A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 7 Whata Perfect Day (KY)
[ ] 2/C L J Graham
120 N L Pessin
6/1
2 1 Ian Glass (KY)
[ ] 2/C L S Bridgmohan
120 T Morley
6/1
3 2 Lovesomuch (KY)
[ ] 2/C L1 T Kennedy
120 C Davis
12/1
4 3 Mensch (KY)
[ ] 2/C L1 M Mena
120 B H Cox
6/1
5 4 Whatafind (LA)
[ ] 2/G L E Lara
1125 E L Heitzmann
20/1
6 5 Oil Rubbed Bronze (KY)
[ ] 2/C L1 D Carroll
1155 J Sharp
8/1
7 6 Bold Proposition (KY)
[ ] 2/C L J Valdivia, Jr.
120 M E Casse
4/1
8 8 Centsmybabyleftme (NY)
[ ] 2/C L1 M Murrill
120 T M Amoss
8/1
9 9 Mayhaw Jelly (LA)
[ ] 2/G L C J Hernandez
117 P Devereux, Jr.
20/1
10 10 Federal Dominance (KY)
[ ] 2/C L J Bravo
120 M Stidham
8/1
11 11 Oro de Tejano (KY)
[ ] 2/G L J Gilligan
120 W B Calhoun
15/1
12 12 Fever Temple (IN)
[ ] 2/G L M Pedroza
120 B Steele
20/1
13 13 Lethal Levy (KY)
[ ] 2/C L1 G Saez
120 M J Maker
10/1
Also Eligibles:
1A 16 Grove Daddy (KY) (MTO)
[ ] 2/C L J Graham
120 N L Pessin
6/1
14 14 Temple City Star (KY)
[ ] 2/G L M Mena
120 R Brisset
12/1
15 15 Cowboys Dream (KY)
[ ] 2/C L T Kennedy
120 C A Hartman
8/1
A – Coupled Entries – 1 – Whata Perfect Day, 1A – Grove Daddy
First Start Since Reported as Gelding: 11 – Oro de Tejano
Owners: 1 – Lothenbach Stables, Inc. (Robert J. Lothenbach) ; 2 – Donegal Racing (Jerry Crawford) ; 3 – St. George Stable, LLC (German Larrea) ; 4 -Klein Racing (Richard Klein) ; 5 – Happy Hour Racing (Mike Heitzmann) ; 6 – Randy Bradshaw, Jim Wells and Jaime Wells ; 7 – John C. Oxley ; 8 – River Road Racing, LLC (Greg Hoffman and Chris Ewing) ; 9 – Coulee Croche Thoroughbreds, LLC ( Tommy E. and Rita M. Hewitt ) ; 10 – Big Easy Racing (Chris Jean) ; 11 – Tom R. Durant ; 12 – Jim Edgar ; 13 – Zayat Stables, LLC (Ahmed Zayat) ; 1A – Lothenbach Stables, Inc. (Robert J. Lothenbach) ; 14 – Donald McCullough ; 15 – Wayne Scherr
Breeders: 1 – Lothenbach Stables Inc; 2 – Sangreal Investments, LLC; 3 – St George Stables; 4 – Richard Klein and Bert Klein; 5 – Adcock’s Red River Farms, LLC; 6 – Hart Farm & Mike Ambler; 7 – John C. Oxley; 8 – Sequel Thoroughbreds, Cheryl AnnePrudhomme & Dr. Michael Thomas Gallivan; 9 – Coulee Croche Thor., LLC, C. FrankNewman & Tracie Crochet; 10 – Machmer Hall; 11 – Woods Edge Farm, LLC; 12 – Jim Edgar; 13 – Zayat Stables, LLC; 1A – Hengst Funding & Olin Gentry; 14 – John O’ Meara; 15 – Judy Hicks & Kathryn Nikkel
Pedigrees (Sire – Dam, by Dam Sire): 1 – Blame – Alluring Squall , by Bernardini ; 2 – Hard Spun – Bola de Cristal (IRE) , by Galileo (IRE) ; 3 – Rule -So Much Love , by Giant’s Causeway ; 4 – Broken Vow – Miz Ida , by Proud Citizen ; 5 – Treasure Beach (GB) – Red Cause , by Red Ransom ; 6 – Orb -Silver Shimmer , by Tale of the Cat ; 7 – Tapit – Funny Proposition , by Medaglia d’Oro ; 8 – Shanghai Bobby – Fast Heart , by Lion Heart ; 9 – Temple City- Through the Clouds , by Sky Mesa ; 10 – Oxbow – Flashy Four , by Storm Cat ; 11 – Munnings – Indian Wish , by Indian Charlie ; 12 – Temple City -Cecilia’s Fever , by Stormy Atlantic ; 13 – Paynter – J Z Now , by Tiznow ; 1A – Candy Ride (ARG) – Ruban Bleu , by Broken Vow ; 14 – Temple City -French Lady , by French Deputy ; 15 – Warrior’s Reward – If Angels Sang , by Seattle Slew ;
Sire of Ian Glass standing at Darley
Sire of Mensch standing at Pin Oak Stud
Sire of Mayhaw Jelly standing at Spendthrift Farm
Sire of Oro de Tejano standing at Ashford Stud
Sire of Fever Temple standing at Spendthrift Farm
Sire of Temple City Star standing at Spendthrift Farm
Sire of Grove Daddy standing at Lane’s End

My Selections
1-Mensch-giving this one a slight edge in here

2-Bold Proposition-would be no surprise here

3-Oil Rubbed Bronze-could impact on his best

RACE 6 – POST TIME – 5:28 PM Heitai Overnight S.
ENTRIES PLUS (FREE)
PPS & SELECTIONS
PP (RACE 6)
Exacta / $0.50 Trifecta / $0.10 Superfecta / Daily Double $0.50 Pick 3 (Races 6-7-8) / $0.50 Pick 4 (Races 6-7-8-9)
Fair Grounds STAKES
Purse $50,000. For Three Year Olds And Upward Accredited Louisiana Bred. Free nomination by Saturday, November 3. $250 to enter, $250 additional to start. Supplemental nominations of $1,000 will be accepted at time of entry which shall include all fees. $50,000 Guaranteed, after payment of 1% to all owners of horses finishing sixth through ninth, 62% of the remaining purse shall be paid to the owner of the winner, 20% to second, 10% to third, 5% to fourth and 3% to fifth. Any unpaid purse monies will revert to the winner. Weight: Three Year Olds – 122 lbs, Older – 124 Lbs. Non-winners of $35,000 since August 17 allowed 2 lbs, $25,000 since July 17 allowed 4 lbs, $20,000 since then 6 Lbs. Starters to be named through the entry box by the usual time of closing. The Heitai Overnight Stakes will be limited to fourteen (14) starters. Preference will be given to horses that have accumulated the highest lifetime earnings. Any horse excluded from the aforementioned preference shall be refunded the entry fee and supplementary nomination fee if applicable. A trophy will be presented to the winning owner. Closed with 20 nominations on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Six Furlongs.
P# PP Horse Virtual
Stable A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1 Monte Man (LA)
[ ] 5/G L G Saez
122 R Faucheux
8/5
2 2 Divine Bean (LA)
[ ] 3/G L C J Hernandez
116 A M Stall, Jr.
7/2
3 3 Jockamo’s Song (LA)
[ ] 6/G L M Murrill
118 M Stidham
4/1
4 4 Grande Basin (LA)
[ ] 6/G L M Mena
118 E J Johnston
10/1
5 5 Cheers to Berti (LA)
[ ] 5/G L J Valdivia, Jr.
118 E Ramirez
8/1
6 6 Greeley Went West (LA)
[ ] 3/G L J Graham
116 J E Hodges
8/1
7 7 Win Lion Win (LA)
[ ] 7/G L S Bridgmohan
118 A Ramsay-Banks
6/1
Owners: 1 – Ivery Sisters Racing, LLC ( Brian Ivery ) ; 2 – Brittlyn Stable, Inc. ( Evelyn Benoit ) ; 3 – Dare to Dream Stable, LLC (Michael Faber) ; 4 -William J. Deckwa, Jr. and John Carbo ; 5 – Maury and Christopher Harrington ; 6 – Phyllis J. Hodges and Randolph Schneider ; 7 – Farm d’Allie Racing Stable (Allison A. Banks)
Breeders: 1 – Val C. Murrell; 2 – Brittlyn, Inc.; 3 – Debbie Allen & David Allen; 4 – Coteau Grove Farms; 5 – Richard Klein & Bertram Klein; 6 – Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson; 7 – Rebecca Farm LLC
Pedigrees (Sire – Dam, by Dam Sire): 1 – Custom for Carlos – Sarah’s My Angel , by Sutter’s Prospect ; 2 – Star Guitar – Good Human Bean , byLangfuhr ; 3 – Half Ours – Miss Clairnette , by Trophy Hunter ; 4 – Good and Tough – Silver Rail , by Dispersal ; 5 – Ready’s Image – Chef Bertie , byIndian Charlie ; 6 – El Corredor – So Well Read , by Read the Footnotes ; 7 – Lion Tamer – Twinwinwin , by Twining ;

My Selections
1-Jockamo’s Song-leaning here in a contentious contest

2-Greeley Went West-thinking that he can run a big one

3-Divine Bean-lukewarm favorite is also one to watch too

RACE 7 – POST TIME – 5:58 PM
ENTRIES PLUS (FREE)
PPS & SELECTIONS
PP (RACE 7)
Exacta / $0.50 Trifecta / $0.10 Superfecta $0.50 Pick 3 (Races 7-8-9) / Daily Double
Fair Grounds ALLOWANCE OPTIONAL CLAIMING $30,000
Purse $43,000. (Includes $8,000 – Other Sources). For Accredited La Bred Fillies Two Years Old Which Have Never Won Two Races Or Claiming Price $30,000. Weight, 122 Lbs. Non-winners Of A Race Since October 17 Allowed 3 Lbs. Claiming Price $30,000. Six Furlongs.
P# PP Horse Virtual
Stable A/S Med Claim $ Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1 Miss Bitters (LA)
[ ] 2/F L $0 S Bridgmohan
122 G Delahoussaye
6/1
2 2 Scat At Ms. Pat’s (LA)
[ ] 2/F L $0 M Mena
119 J Jeansonne
6/1
3 3 Mamma Says (LA)
[ ] 2/F L $0 C L Marquez
119 P Melancon
15/1
4 4 Raising the Ante (LA)
[ ] 2/F L $0 G Saez
119 S J Ducoing
9/2
5 5 Timeformetofly (LA)
[ ] 2/F L $30,000 M Murrill
122 S B Flint
6/1
6 6 Customs in Dixie (LA)
[ ] 2/F L $0 C J Hernandez
119 K G Bourgeois
9/2
7 7 Alittlebitextra (LA)
[ ] 2/F L $0 J Graham
119 J M Foster
7/2
8 8 Miss Persistent (LA)
[ ] 2/F L $0 M Pedroza
119 S B David, Jr.
4/1
Owners: 1 – Mintmere Thoroughbreds, LLC (David W. Craft) ; 2 – Rodney Virgadamo and Keith Bonura ; 3 – Paul D. Marceaux ; 4 – Valene Farms (John and Murray Valene) ; 5 – Whispering Oaks Farm, LLC ( Carrol Castille ) ; 6 – Troy Williams ; 7 – Ranchtown Racing ( Joseph Foster and James Huggins ) ; 8 – Val C. Murrell and Ted Brandon
Breeders: 1 – Stephen Brown; 2 – J. Adcock; 3 – J. Adcock & B & B Bloodstock, Inc.; 4 – Clear Creek Stud LLC; 5 – Carrol J. Castille; 6 – Ray Willie & Steve Holliday; 7 – Jim Huggins & Joey Foster; 8 – Chief One LLC & Clear Creek Stud, LLC
Pedigrees (Sire – Dam, by Dam Sire): 1 – Old Fashioned – Sheila Tequila , by Kafwain ; 2 – Bind – Fast Annie , by Cherokee Run ; 3 – Guilt Trip -Mamselle Nanette , by Southern Halo ; 4 – Cross Traffic – Ante Up Annie , by Majestic Warrior ; 5 – Run Production – Urge to Splurge , by Successful Appeal ; 6 – Custom for Carlos – Diva From Dixie , by Dixieland Band ; 7 – Mass Media – Freeze Cat , by Leestown ; 8 – Custom for Carlos – Valory , byValiant Nature ;
Sire of Raising the Ante standing at Spendthrift Farm

My Selections
1-Alittlebitextra-edge in a tight one to call

2-Miss Persistent-seems logically spotted here

3-Timeformetofly-this one is not without a chance

RACE 8 – POST TIME – 6:28 PM
ENTRIES PLUS (FREE)
PPS & SELECTIONS
PP (RACE 8)
Exacta / $0.50 Trifecta / $0.10 Superfecta Daily Double
Fair Grounds ALLOWANCE OPTIONAL CLAIMING $20,000
Purse $45,000. (Includes $8,000 – Other Sources). For Accredited La Bred Fillies And Mares Three Years Old And Upward Which Have Never Won Two Races Other Than Maiden, Claiming, Or Starter Or Which Have Never Won Three Races Or Claiming Price $20,000. Three Year Olds, 122 Lbs.; Older, 124 Lbs. Non-winners of two races since September 17 Allowed 2 Lbs. A race since then Allowed 4 Lbs. Claiming Price $20,000 (Races Where Entered For $15,000 Or Less Not Considered In Allowances). Six Furlongs.
P# PP Horse Virtual
Stable A/S Med Claim $ Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1 Champagne Moment (LA)
[ ] 3/F L $0 C J Hernandez
118 A M Stall, Jr.
2/1
2 2 Chases Dixie Belle (LA)
[ ] 4/F L $0 A Green
120 J O Duhon
12/1
3 3 Saints’ Girl (LA)
[ ] 3/F L $0 M Mena
118 D Stewart
9/5
4 4 Suzie’s Dream (LA)
[ ] 4/F L $0 S Bridgmohan
120 L Briley
5/1
5 5 Tensas Thought (LA)
[ ] 4/F L $0 T Kennedy
120 W M Catalano
9/2
6 6 Crimson Feline (LA)
[ ] 5/M L $20,000 C Sutherland
120 C A Richards
8/1
Owners: 1 – My Three Sons Stable, LLC ( Peter A. Wilson ) ; 2 – Robert Joseph and Dana Salome ; 3 – West Point Thoroughbreds, LLC (Terrence Finley) ; 4 – Norman Stables, LLC ( Robbie Norman ) ; 5 – Forge Ahead Stables LLC (Kevin R. Kuta) ; 6 – Corale A. Richards
Breeders: 1 – My Three Sons Stable, LLC; 2 – Michael Villar & Cynthia Villar; 3 – 4 M Ranch; 4 – 4M Ranch; 5 – Curt Leake; 6 – Corale A. Richards & Rose Griffith
Pedigrees (Sire – Dam, by Dam Sire): 1 – Algorithms – Rebirth , by Malagra ; 2 – My Pal Charlie – Theheartofdixie , by Crafty Prospector ; 3 -Overanalyze – Happy Destiny , by Congrats ; 4 – Tiz the One – Mercy Sakes Alive , by Woodman ; 5 – Custom for Carlos – Tensas Idea , by Ide ; 6 – Lion Tamer – Red Nile , by Placid Fund ;

My Selections
1-Saints Girl-tough to deny with this group

2-Champagne Moment-chalky exacta looks likely

3-Suzie’s Dream-completes a small trifecta payout

RACE 9 – POST TIME – 7:00 PM
ENTRIES PLUS (FREE)
PPS & SELECTIONS
PP (RACE 9)
Exacta / $0.50 Trifecta / $0.10 Superfecta
Fair Grounds CLAIMING $5,000
Purse $15,000. (Includes $8,000 – Other Sources). For Accredited La Bred Fillies And Mares Three Years Old And Upward Which Have Never Won Three Races. Three Year Olds, 122 Lbs.; Older, 124 Lbs. Non-winners Of A Race Since October 17 Allowed 3 Lbs. Claiming Price $5,000. Five And One Half Furlongs.
P# PP Horse Virtual
Stable A/S Med Claim $ Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1 Sweet Madalyna (LA)
[ ] 7/M L $5,000 J Rodriguez
1165 D Schmidt
12/1
2 2 Singing Ontherail (LA)
[ ] 3/F L $5,000 E Lara
1145 J Gomez
12/1
3 3 Fuhr a Slam (LA)
[ ] 3/F L $5,000 D Carroll
1145 C Moran
6/1
4 4 Roman Bird (LA)
[ ] 5/M L $5,000 M Chaves
121 K M Mordenti
12/1
5 5 Helen Wheels (LA)
[ ] 4/F L $5,000 M Murrill
121 E Schwandt
5/1
6 6 Penny Coin Toss (LA)
[ ] 4/F L $5,000 S Doyle
121 J Ney
7/5
7 7 Paper Doll (LA)
[ ] 3/F L $5,000 C J Hernandez
119 F D Pitzer
8/1
8 8 Cherry Twist (LA)
[ ] 3/F L $5,000 A Green
119 J E Hodges
9/2
Owners: 1 – Denise Schmidt ; 2 – Jorge Gomez ; 3 – Clyde P. Moran, Jr. ; 4 – Mario Tovar ; 5 – Hidden Oaks Farm, LLC ( Bobby Gales ) ; 6 – Charles Phillips ; 7 – Floyd D. Pitzer ; 8 – Phyllis J. Hodges
Breeders: 1 – Rowell Farms, LLC; 2 – Brittlyn, Inc.; 3 – Perry Segura; 4 – Bryant Prentice III; 5 – 956 Ranch; 6 – Herman Slone Jr.; 7 – Floyd Pitzer; 8 – 956 Ranch
Pedigrees (Sire – Dam, by Dam Sire): 1 – Eugene’s Third Son – Buddha Babe , by Buddha ; 2 – Star Guitar – Uncommon Queen , by Seattle Slew ; 3 -Langfuhr – Heaven’s Slam , by Grand Slam ; 4 – Birdstone – Roman Socks , by Roman Ruler ; 5 – Proudinsky (GER) – Gilded Silk , by Gilded Time ; 6 -Greeley’s Galaxy – Walma Jean , by Ide ; 7 – Tenpins – Paper Shredder , by High Yield ; 8 – Proudinsky (GER) – Gilded Silk , by Gilded Time ;

My Selections
1-Penny Coin Toss-too tough to handle with these

2-Helen Wheels-figures solidly for a board placing

3-Cherry Twist-another who fits for a good finish here

That will do it for my look at the Saturday slate of races. I will be back to close out this first week of racing with my look at the Sunday card. As always may your winners be plentiful and your wallets be fat.

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George Pepis

George Pepis

Horse Racing Analyst

George Pepis provides racing analysis during each Fair Grounds racing season. He also shares commentary and selections for major stakes events and prep races around the country. In the past, George has hosted sports talk programming on WGSO 990am in New Orleans. He has served as both play-by-play and color analyst on Louisiana high school football radio and internet broadcasts.

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