Magic Man’s Opening Day Picks for the Fair Grounds

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It has been a while since I have done any picking of races but I am back to resume my role as the CCS resident expert and your daily source of handicapping expertise on the Fair Grounds Racing Season which gets underway on Thursday.

Over the next 80 days of racing, there will be 60 Stakes races run. Of course we have our annual rite of December, better known as Louisiana Champions Day. The highlight of any Fair Grounds racing season is the Louisiana Derby for 3 year old colts along with a plethora of supporting stakes including the Fair Grounds Oaks and New Orleans Handicap amongst the buffet of big races on that day.

Before I get going, I want to share a personal story. I have not been doing my due diligence for my loyal readers because I am dealing with a personal issue involving my wife, and that has really accounted for my energy. Also to note I have not been completing the last two seasons here at the Fair Grounds but I give my word that I will in the words of Sean Payton… Do Your Job!

Opening day is upon us and there are nine races to kick off this season. The feature race is the Tom Benson Memorial Handicap named in honor of the late great owner of the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans. So let us get going. Below are my selections for Opening Day.

Fair Grounds
November 15, 2018

RACE 1 – POST TIME – 12:30 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 / $0.50 Pick 4 (Races 1-2-3-4)
Fair Grounds ALLOWANCE OPTIONAL CLAIMING $30,000
Purse $43,000. (Includes $8,000 – Other Sources). For Accredited La Bred Two Year Olds Which Have Never Won Two Races Or Claiming Price $30,000. Weight, 122 Lbs. Non-winners Of A Race Since October 15 Allowed 3 Lbs. Claiming Price $30,000 (Races Where Entered For $25,000 Or Less Not Considered In Allowances). Six Furlongs.
P# PP Horse Virtual
Stable A/S Med Claim $ Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1 D’tuff Cat Rey (LA)
[ ] 2/C L $0 M Murrill
119 S B Flint
8/1
1A 8 Geauxcro (LA)
[ ] 2/C L $0 M Murrill
119 S B Flint
8/1
2 2 Victory Trip (LA)
[ ] 2/R L $0 L Negron
119 L Briley
12/1
3 3 Buckets (LA)
[ ] 2/G L $0 C J Hernandez
122 J Delhomme
9/2
4 4 Asongforyou (LA)
[ ] 2/C L $0 M Mena
119 T M Amoss
2/1
5 5 Beto (LA)
[ ] 2/C L $30,000 A Beschizza
119 S M Asmussen
5/2
6 6 Ricky Dale (LA)
[ ] 2/G L $0 J Graham
119 J E Hodges
8/1
7 7 Hampton Roads (LA)
[ ] 2/C L $0 D Saenz
122 V Arceneaux
9/2
A – Coupled Entries – 1 – D’tuff Cat Rey, 1A – Geauxcro
Owners: 1 – Whispering Oaks Farm, LLC ( Carrol Castille ) ; 1A – Whispering Oaks Farm, LLC ( Carrol Castille ) ; 2 – Norman Stables, LLC ( Robbie Norman ) ; 3 – Set-Hut, LLC (Jake C. Delhomme ) ; 4 – Maggi Moss ; 5 – Corrine and L. William Heiligbrodt ; 6 – Stacey Moak ; 7 – Tigertail Ranch ( Irwin Olian )
Breeders: 1 – Carrol J Castille; 1A – Carrol J. Castille; 2 – Terry Adcock; 3 – Cloyce Clark Jr.; 4 – Jerold Murrell; 5 – Jason Hall & BCS Thoroughbreds LLC; 6 – Stacey Moak; 7 – Tigertail Ranch
Pedigrees (Sire – Dam, by Dam Sire): 1 – D’wildcat – Reyina , by Mr. John ; 1A – Unbridledsensation – Holy Vision R. N. , by Holy Bull ; 2 – Guilt Trip -Anne Margaret , by Songandaprayer ; 3 – Yes It’s True – Cute Cadet , by Officer ; 4 – Star Guitar – Geiger Geisha , by Geiger Counter ; 5 – Custom for Carlos – Bella Moneta , by Max’s Pal ; 6 – Forefathers – Silly Idea , by Bernstein ; 7 – Lone Star Special – Shiloh Road , by Congrats ;

My Selections
1-Asongforyou-son of a superlative Louisiana Bred gets this season going on the right foot

2-Beto-connections look imposing and have a rider who is rapidly getting very good

3-Hampton Roads-this one also could run well enough for at least a board finish maybe more

RACE 2 – POST TIME – 12:58 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 CLAIMING $12,500
Purse $14,000. (Includes $4,000 – Other Sources) (Plus $3,000 – ALBSS-Accredited LA Bred Slot Supplement). For Maidens, Three Years Old And Upward. Three Year Olds, 121 Lbs.; Older, 124 Lbs. Claiming Price $12,500. One Mile.
P# PP Horse Virtual
Stable A/S Med Claim $ Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1 Latrobe’s King (KY)
[ ] 3/C L $12,500 M Murrill
121 T M Amoss
8/5
2 2 Moneyinmypocket (OK)
[ ] 5/G $12,500 M Chaves
124 S Soileau
8/1
3 3 Wristlet (KY)
[ ] 4/G L $12,500 M Pedroza
124 A Balderas
4/1
4 4 Lethal Move (TX)
[ ] 3/C L $12,500 J Valdivia, Jr.
121 D Pish
8/1
5 5 Mr Haney (IL)
[ ] 3/G L $12,500 T Kennedy
121 C A Hartman
9/2
6 6 Greeley’s Glacken (LA)
[ ] 3/G L $12,500 J Gilligan
118 J Strain
15/1
7 7 The Vincenator (AL)
[ ] 3/G L1 $12,500 C Rodriguez
121 K M Mordenti
20/1
8 8 Borodino (KY)
[ ] 4/C $12,500 C Sutherland
124 J M Cowan
15/1
9 9 Red Roux (LA)
[ ] 3/G L $12,500 A Green
118 J Hirdes
10/1
Owners: 1 – River Road Racing, LLC (Greg Hoffman and Chris Ewing) ; 2 – Shaneco Stables, LLC (Sandra K. Talley) ; 3 – Ray Whitley ; 4 – Arthur R. Kampschafer ; 5 – Joey Keith Davis ; 6 – Bryce Ladner, Brett Tortorich and Chad Guice ; 7 – Charles Rhett Harrelson ; 8 – JMC Racing (Jon M. Cowan) ; 9 – Saleh Atalleh
Breeders: 1 – J. D. Stuart, P. C. Bance, &A R Enterprises, Inc.; 2 – Zac Coates; 3 – Ann Marie Farm; 4 – Stewart Armstrong; 5 – Charles Galli; 6 – Joseph Tosterud; 7 – Charles Rhett Harrelson; 8 – SF Bloodstock; 9 – Whitney J. Zeringue
Pedigrees (Sire – Dam, by Dam Sire): 1 – Candy Ride (ARG) – Distorsionada , by Distorted Humor ; 2 – Parade Ground – My Crimson Cat , by Red Bullet ; 3 – Harlan’s Holiday – Port of Entry , by Fusaichi Pegasus ; 4 – Street Move – Lethal Temper , by Seattle Slew ; 5 – Haynesfield – Dart , by Farma Way ; 6 – Greeley’s Galaxy – Mindemoya , by Smoke Glacken ; 7 – Jade Forest – Double Mystery , by Double Honor ; 8 – Bodemeister – Taptam , byPleasant Tap ; 9 – Graydar – Fantacious , by Dehere ;
Sire of Latrobe’s King standing at Lane’s End
Equipment Changes: 1 – Latrobe’s King – Blinkers On;4 – Lethal Move – Blinkers off;6 – Greeley’s Glacken – Blinkers off

My Selections
1-Latrobe’s King-tough race to figure finds me here for the win

2-Lethal Move-if top one fails this one has a real shot to take this

3-Mr Haney-another who seems logically spotted with these

RACE 3 – POST TIME – 1:26 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 $5,000
Purse $16,000. (Includes $4,000 – Other Sources) (Plus $3,000 – ALBSS-Accredited LA Bred Slot Supplement). For Fillies And Mares Three Years Old And Upward Which Have Never Won Four Races Or Which Have Not Won Two Races Since May 15, 2018. Three Year Olds, 122 Lbs.; Older, 124 Lbs. Non-winners Of A Race Since October 15 Allowed 3 Lbs. Claiming Price $5,000 (Races Where Entered For $4,000 Or Less Not Considered In Eligibility And Allowances). Six Furlongs.
P# PP Horse Virtual
Stable A/S Med Claim $ Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1 Salute My Lady (LA)
[ ] 4/F L $5,000 M Chaves
118 C Moran
30/1
2 2 Starry Ide Elaine (LA)
[ ] 5/M L $5,000 J A Monserrate, Jr.
118 K L Harris
5/1
3 3 Open Forest (LA)
[ ] 4/F L $5,000 A Beschizza
121 J Jeansonne
3/1
4 4 Just Cruising (LA)
[ ] 5/M L $5,000 E Lara
1135 J Gomez
20/1
5 5 Titanium Girl (LA)
[ ] 6/M L $5,000 M Murrill
118 H Alonzo
12/1
6 6 Tessa’s Treat (KY)
[ ] 5/M L $5,000 A Green
121 J P Smith
9/2
7 7 Miss Moronette (LA)
[ ] 8/M L $5,000 C J Hernandez
118 G J Husak
30/1
8 8 Lu Sea (FL)
[ ] 5/M L $5,000 S Doyle
121 E Rodriguez
4/1
9 9 Diva’s Ransom (LA)
[ ] 5/M L $5,000 M Pedroza
118 C Dandridge Jr.
5/1
10 10 Ryan and Madison (MN)
[ ] 4/F L $5,000 M Mena
121 G M Scherer
8/1
Owners: 1 – Clyde P. Moran, Jr. ; 2 – Gillian and Kirk L. Harris ; 3 – Rodney Virgadamo and Keith Bonura ; 4 – Jorge Gomez ; 5 – Eddie and B. Carlene Jackson ; 6 – TM Thoroughbred Racing, LLC ( Terry Morgan ) ; 7 – Gary J. Husak ; 8 – Ismael Thoroughbreds, LLC (Ismael Segoviano) ; 9 – Pendleton W. Larsen, Jr. ; 10 – Gary M. Scherer
Breeders: 1 – J. Adcock; 2 – Kirk L. Harris & Gillian Harris; 3 – Michele Rodriguez; 4 – Roy Zuppardo; 5 – Alston Thoroughbreds LLC; 6 – Bret Jones; 7 – Rick Foudriat, Darryl Frank & A.J. Hand; 8 – William Cauchi; 9 – Becky Winemiller; 10 – Neut Strandemo & Pat Sutherland
Pedigrees (Sire – Dam, by Dam Sire): 1 – Salute the Sarge – Socorro County , by Katahaula County ; 2 – Ide – Wood Art , by Avenue of Flags ; 3 -Teton Forest – Irish Avenger , by Irish Open ; 4 – Paddy O’Prado – Red Cause , by Red Ransom ; 5 – Half Ours – Quadriga , by Grand Slam ; 6 – Include -Dattts Lady Di , by Proud Citizen ; 7 – Mutakddim – Leestown Light , by Leestown ; 8 – Ruler’s Court – Go Go Gumbo , by Storm and a Half ; 9 – Regal Ransom – Wine Diva , by Pine Bluff ; 10 – Sam Lord’s Castle – Reigning Cats , by Tale of the Cat ;
Equipment Changes: 4 – Just Cruising – Blinkers off

My Selections
1-Lu Sea-edge in a really wide open contest

2-Open Forest-figures to be prominent here

3-Starry Ide Elaine-another who merits consideration

RACE 4 – POST TIME – 1:55 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 / $ 0.50 Pick 4 (Races 4-5-6-7)
Fair Grounds STARTER OPTIONAL CLAIMING $10,000 – $5,000
Purse $18,000. (Includes $4,000 – Other Sources) (Plus $3,000 – ALBSS-Accredited LA Bred Slot Supplement). For Fillies And Mares Three Years Old And Upward Which Have Started For A Claiming Price Of $5,000 Or Less In 2017-2018 Or Claiming Price $10,000. Three Year Olds, 121 Lbs.; Older, 124 Lbs. Non-winners Of Two Races At A Mile Or Over On The Turf Since September 15 Allowed 2 Lbs. One Such Race Since Then Allowed 4 Lbs. Claiming Price $10,000. (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 1 Little Snip (FL)
[ ] 6/M L M Mena
120 J Steffee
10/1
2 2 Havinfunyet (KY)
[ ] 4/F L C Sutherland
120 C A Richards
9/5
3 3 Behold the Queen (KY)
[ ] 4/F L M Murrill
120 J E Hodges
10/1
4 4 Kentucky Brown (KY)
[ ] 4/F L J Valdivia, Jr.
120 J P Smith
7/2
5 5 Kool Aid Girl (LA)
[ ] 5/M L J Bravo
117 J A Ortiz
20/1
6 6 Forgotten (LA)
[ ] 6/M L J Graham
117 K L Hargrave
30/1
7 7 Lunarstrike (LA)
[ ] 7/M L D Saenz
117 E Schwandt
20/1
8 8 Hopette (LA)
[ ] 5/M L M Pedroza
117 D R Caldwell
20/1
9 9 Mizzen Air (KY)
[ ] 4/F L J Gilligan
120 M R Scherer
15/1
10 10 Sage’s Epiphany (KY)
[ ] 5/M L C J Hernandez
120 K Broberg
5/2
Owners: 1 – Jed Steffee ; 2 – Cynthia A. Sharp and Corale A. Richards ; 3 – Roger Rashall and Roger Rashall, Jr. ; 4 – Keene Thoroughbreds, LLC ( Danny Keene ) ; 5 – Hooties Racing, LLC (Mark B.Moore) and WSS Racing, LLC (William Simon) and Brent Gasaway ; 6 – Patricia Harden and Randall Hargrave ; 7 – Michael Schwandt ; 8 – Double Dam Farm, LLC ( Delmar R. Caldwell ) ; 9 – Dan Lynch, Ken Sentel and Merrill R. Scherer ; 10 – End Zone Athletics, Inc. ( Karl Broberg and Matt Johanson )
Breeders: 1 – Gary Leonard; 2 – Alberta Davies; 3 – Two Stamp Stables; 4 – Big Brown Syndicate &Dr. & Mrs. Charles H. Huber; 5 – Leonard Warf & Patricia Clark; 6 – Marc Winston & Jill Winston; 7 – Heiligbrodt Racing Stable; 8 – Delmar R. Caldwell; 9 – Paul J. Rigali Jr.; 10 – Candy Meadows LLC & McNeill Stables LLC
Pedigrees (Sire – Dam, by Dam Sire): 1 – Mr. Sekiguchi – Super Sonic Sally , by Roanoke ; 2 – Paddy O’Prado – Reverently , by Pulpit ; 3 – Hold Me Back – Birthplace , by King of Kings (IRE) ; 4 – Big Brown – Over Served , by Black Minnaloushe ; 5 – Private Vow – Lady Radkey , by Cutlass Fax ; 6 -Brahms – La Recherche , by Sky Classic ; 7 – Lunarpal – We Are Strike Ng , by Twilight Agenda ; 8 – Musket Man – Hope List , by List ; 9 – Langfuhr -Malaysian Air , by Mizzen Mast ; 10 – Hat Trick (JPN) – Formal Miss , by Formal Dinner ;

My Selections
1-Sage’s Epiphany-leaning this way for top spot

2-Little Snip-price play is one who could surprise

3-Havinfunyet-early chalk should be a contender here

RACE 5 – POST TIME – 2:24 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 CLAIMING $5,000
Purse $16,000. (Includes $4,000 – Other Sources) (Plus $3,000 – ALBSS-Accredited LA Bred Slot Supplement). For Three Year Olds And Upward Which Have Never Won Four Races Or Which Have Not Won Two Races Since May 15, 2018. Three Year Olds, 121 Lbs.; Older, 124 Lbs. Non-winners Of A Race At A Mile Or Over Since October 15 Allowed 3 Lbs. Claiming Price $5,000 (Races Where Entered For $4,000 Or Less Not Considered In Eligibility And Allowances). One Mile And Seventy Yards.
P# PP Horse Virtual
Stable A/S Med Claim $ Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1 Heir to Dream (IA)
[ ] 5/G L $5,000 A Green
121 N D Hatcher
12/1
2 2 Shaniko’s Secret (LA)
[ ] 6/G L $5,000 A Beschizza
118 J Ney
9/2
3 3 Mister Frenchie (LA)
[ ] 3/G L $5,000 M Murrill
115 L J Cuccia
8/1
4 4 Santa Americana (KY)
[ ] 4/G L $5,000 G Saez
121 E Rodriguez
12/1
5 5 Jericho (KY)
[ ] 4/G L $5,000 J Gilligan
121 J Engler
8/1
6 6 Cameron Rules (LA)
[ ] 5/G L $5,000 J Valdivia, Jr.
118 P Mouton
8/1
7 7 Whoajoey (LA)
[ ] 4/G L $5,000 C Sutherland
118 C Moran
12/1
8 8 Cookies Are Good (KY)
[ ] 4/G L $5,000 S Doyle
121 E Rodriguez
3/1
9 9 A He’s an O’Prado (KY)
[ ] 5/G L $5,000 J Graham
121 J Ney
5/1
10 10 Captain Tyree (LA)
[ ] 6/G L $5,000 C J Hernandez
118 D Cormier, Jr.
10/1
11 11 Mr. Nine Five Four (FL)
[ ] 6/G L $5,000 E Lara
1165 J Gomez
20/1
Owners: 1 – Powderhorn Racing ( R. C. Albrecht ) ; 2 – Mary Ney ; 3 – Wildcat Racing Stable, LLC (Edna Carden and Estate of C. Carden) ; 4 – Ismael Thoroughbreds, LLC (Ismael Segoviano) ; 5 – Joe Damo ; 6 – Steve and Pat Roe ; 7 – Clyde P. Moran, Jr. ; 8 – Alexis Claire ; 9 – Gina Ney ; 10 – Anthony Chargois ; 11 – Jorge Gomez
Breeders: 1 – Iowa State University & Madison CountyThoroughbred; 2 – Karen Scrivener; 3 – Billy J Hebert; 4 – Calumet Farm; 5 – Brandywine Farm (Jim & Pam Robinson); 6 – J. Adcock; 7 – SMB Corporation; 8 – Meg Buckley, Mike Buckley & Tim Thornton; 9 – Philip S. Maas; 10 – Spanish Cross Stables, LLC; 11 – Just For Fun Stable
Pedigrees (Sire – Dam, by Dam Sire): 1 – Woke Up Dreamin – Indian Heiress , by Indian Charlie ; 2 – Shaniko – Secret Money , by Sea of Secrets ; 3 -Smooth Air – Dawn’s Diva , by Meadow Monster ; 4 – Americain – Santa Gertrudis (IRE) , by Machiavellian ; 5 – Astrology – Stands with a Fist (JPN) , byGiant’s Causeway ; 6 – Roman Ruler – Special Broad , by Broad Brush ; 7 – Joe’s Son Joey – Lil E Rose , by Lil E. Tee ; 8 – Into Mischief – Cookie Girl , by Purge ; 9 – Paddy O’Prado – A She’s Adorable , by Johar ; 10 – Gaff – Mattie Kate , by Major Impact ; 11 – Exclusive Quality – Navy Wave , byOutflanker ;

My Selections
1-A He’s an O’Prado-figures to be slightly better than these.
2-Cookies are Good-would be no surprise in this one
3-Shaniko’s Secret-trainer’s second entry also has a shot

Sire of Cookies Are Good standing at Spendthrift Farm

RACE 6 – POST TIME – 2:54 PM
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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 ALLOWANCE OPTIONAL CLAIMING $20,000
Purse $42,000. (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 Two Races Other Than Maiden, Claiming, Or Starter Or Which Have Never Won Three Races Or Claiming Price $20,000. Three Year Olds, 121 Lbs.; Older, 124 Lbs. Non-winners Of Two Races AtA Mile Or Over On The Turf Since September 15 Allowed 2 Lbs. One such race since then Allowed 4 Lbs. Claiming Price $20,000 (Races Where Entered For $15,000 Or Less Not Considered In Allowances). (If deemed inadvisable by management to run this race overthe 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 Ruston Vow (LA)
[ ] 5/G L $20,000 D Saenz
120 S Breaux
8/1
2 2 Harbor Pilot (LA)
[ ] 5/G L $20,000 M Mena
120 E J Johnston
5/2
3 3 Impressive Student (LA)
[ ] 4/G L $0 J Graham
120 J O Duhon
6/1
4 4 Cash First (LA)
[ ] 4/G L $20,000 J Gilligan
120 J Hodges
12/1
5 5 Bam Bam Bryan (LA)
[ ] 4/G L $0 C J Hernandez
120 A M Stall, Jr.
3/1
6 6 In Charge Halo (LA)
[ ] 3/C L $0 G Saez
117 S Duke
12/1
7 7 My First Guitar (LA)
[ ] 3/G L $20,000 C Sutherland
117 H F Ladner, Jr.
20/1
8 8 Ready Prospector (LA)
[ ] 3/G L $0 T Kennedy
117 O Modica
10/1
9 9 King Cake (LA)
[ ] 4/G L $0 M Murrill
120 L J Cuccia
9/2
Also Eligibles:
10 10 Zenucci (LA) (MTO)
[ ] 4/G L $20,000 C Sutherland
120 K M Mordenti
7/2
11 11 True Emperor (LA) (MTO)
[ ] 4/C L $20,000 C J Hernandez
120 L Thomas
9/2
Owners: 1 – Horseplayers Racing Club, LLC ( Scott Gruender ) ; 2 – Rockin T’s Racing Stable, LLC (George Trepagnier) ; 3 – John S. Turner, Jr. ; 4 -Walpole Racing, LLC ( Kevin Walpole ) ; 5 – Georgia Farms, Inc. ( Bryan Harang ) ; 6 – Majestic Farms, LLC ( Brent J. Marti ) ; 7 – Philman Ladner ; 8 -Virginia Lazenby Racing Stable, LLC ( Virginia Lazenby ) ; 9 – Wildcat Racing Stable, LLC (Edna Carden and Estate of C. Carden) ; 10 – Kathleen M. Mordenti ; 11 – Dan Casey and Elite Thoroughbred Racing, LLC ( Michele Rodriguez )
Breeders: 1 – Neal McFadden; 2 – Curt Leake; 3 – Moonlake Equine Center; 4 – LA Bred Equine Enterprises; 5 – Georgia Farms Inc; 6 – Majestic Farms, LLC; 7 – Chrislin LLC; 8 – Virginia Lazenby; 9 – Stacey Moak; 10 – Rowell Farms, LLC; 11 – Rebecca Farm LLC & T. J. Dickey
Pedigrees (Sire – Dam, by Dam Sire): 1 – Broken Vow – Last Approach , by Far Out East ; 2 – Trappe Shot – Harbor Princess , by Boston Harbor ; 3 -Student Council – Lark’s Impression , by Above Normal ; 4 – Quality Road – Financingavailable , by Kiridashi ; 5 – The Factor – Missy’s Advantage , byTactical Advantage ; 6 – Take Charge Indy – Lost My Halo , by Forest Camp ; 7 – Star Guitar – Azula , by Ghostzapper ; 8 – Custom for Carlos – Vera Belle , by Not For Love ; 9 – Thunder Gulch – Sprightly , by Wild Rush ; 10 – Forefathers – Sweet Buddha , by Buddha ; 11 – Yes It’s True – Queen Ofthe Empire , by Empire Maker ;
Sire of Ruston Vow standing at Pin Oak Stud
Sire of Cash First standing at Lane’s End
Sire of Bam Bam Bryan standing at Lane’s End
Equipment Changes: 3 – Impressive Student – Blinkers off;10 – Zenucci – Blinkers off

My Selections
1-Bam Bam Bryan-looks like the one in a toss-up contest

2-Harbor Pilot-trainer usually has his stock ready early in season

3-King Cake-another one who is capable of taking this one

RACE 7 – POST TIME – 3:24 PM
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PPS & SELECTIONS
PP (RACE 7)
Exacta / $0.50 Trifecta / $0.10 Superfecta $0.50 Pick 3 (Races 7-8-9) / Daily Double
Fair Grounds MAIDEN SPECIAL WEIGHT
Purse $41,000. (Includes $8,000 – Other Sources). For Accredited La Bred Maidens, Fillies 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 Midnight Fantasy (LA)
[ ] 2/F L1 A Beschizza
120 J Sharp
3/1
2 2 Whodatwhodat (LA)
[ ] 2/F L M Pedroza
120 D Schmidt
8/1
3 3 Starlet Scarlett (LA)
[ ] 2/F L1 M Murrill
120 S Gelner
12/1
4 4 Lagniappe (LA)
[ ] 2/F L1 C J Hernandez
120 A M Stall, Jr.
5/1
5 5 Rule Taylor Rule (LA)
[ ] 2/F L D Saenz
120 S J Ducoing
6/1
6 6 Bellamy Cay (LA)
[ ] 2/F L1 G Saez
120 W B Calhoun
4/1
7 7 Preemptive (LA)
[ ] 2/F L S Doyle
120 R Faucheux
8/1
8 8 Haleys Court (LA)
[ ] 2/F L C Sutherland
120 C A Richards
20/1
9 9 Onetwomanyrockets (LA)
[ ] 2/F J Graham
120 W Meaux
15/1
10 10 Adieu Mallory (LA)
[ ] 2/F L T Kennedy
120 H Alonzo
20/1
11 11 Argument Won (LA)
[ ] 2/F L1 M Chaves
120 M McEachern
20/1
12 12 Tears for Paula (LA)
[ ] 2/F L M Mena
120 G M Scherer
20/1
Also Eligibles:
13 13 Kris T. (LA)
[ ] 2/F L E Lara
1155 F Pennino
20/1
14 14 Skylar’s Way (LA)
[ ] 2/F L J Gilligan
120 K Broberg
6/1
15 15 Wasnt Joking (LA)
[ ] 2/F L G Saez
120 J G Castanon
8/1
16 16 Say Yes Again (LA)
[ ] 2/F L1 C J Hernandez
120 A M Stall, Jr.
6/1
Owners: 1 – Carl R. Moore Management, LLC ( Carl R. Moore ) ; 2 – Denise Schmidt ; 3 – Oak Tree Stables, LLC (Bennett E. Powell) ; 4 – Nicole Stall ; 5 – Autumn Hill Farms Racing Stables, Inc. ( Robert J. Guidry ) ; 6 – William T. Reed ; 7 – Picard Thoroughbred Racing Stable, LLC ( Dawn and Jeffery Picard ) ; 8 – Courtney Barousse ; 9 – William Meaux ; 10 – P. T. Thoroughbreds, LLC ( Peter M. Terminie, Jr. ) ; 11 – Oak Leaf T.C., LP ( Royce Roberts ); 12 – Gary M. Scherer and Robert Bernacki ; 13 – Sandra Domiano ; 14 – M and M Racing (Mike Sisk) ; 15 – Chris S. Aulds ; 16 – Robin Lane Thoroughbreds, LLC ( William D. Hughes )
Breeders: 1 – J. Adcock & Hume Wornall; 2 – Whitney J. Zeringue; 3 – Oak Tree Stables, LLC; 4 – Albert Stall Jr. & Nicole Stall; 5 – Autumn Hill Farms Racing Stables, Inc.; 6 – Cypress Bend Farm; 7 – Sugarland Thoroughbreds, LLC; 8 – Orange Grove Thoroughbreds, Inc.; 9 – Frank Fletcher Racing Operationas; 10 – Margie K. Averett; 11 – Royce Roberts; 12 – Jason Frannino; 13 – Ernie Wells; 14 – Thomas M. Galvin; 15 – Danny M. Brown & Donna B. Brown; 16 – Bruce Clelland
Pedigrees (Sire – Dam, by Dam Sire): 1 – Midnight Lute – St. Jean , by Macho Uno ; 2 – Custom for Carlos – Answer to Me , by Peteski ; 3 – Star Guitar- Win for Stacy , by Marquetry ; 4 – Bind – Natty Boh , by Bluegrass Cat ; 5 – The Factor – Izzy Rules , by Peace Rules ; 6 – Bellamy Road – Cayman Colada , by Yonaguska ; 7 – Custom for Carlos – Come On Mickey , by Half Ours ; 8 – Forefathers – Charlie’s Moonbeam , by Indian Charlie ; 9 – Macho Rocket – Rocket Ninety Nine , by Medaglia d’Oro ; 10 – Greeley’s Galaxy – Adieu and Farewell , by Fraser River ; 11 – Closing Argument – Collectzcat , by Wire Me Collect ; 12 – E Dubai – You’re a Monkey , by Known Fact ; 13 – Mass Media – Day’s Sunset , by Kris S. ; 14 – Bind – Promise Me G , bySummer Bird ; 15 – Goldencents – Elusive Queen , by Elusive Quality ; 16 – Custom for Carlos – Filaree , by Saros (GB) ;
Sire of Rule Taylor Rule standing at Lane’s End
Sire of Wasnt Joking standing at Spendthrift Farm
Equipment Changes: 8 – Haleys Court – Blinkers On

My Selections
1-Bellamy Cay-edge in what could be a promising heat

2-Laginappe-could be an overlay prospect to watch

3-Midnight Fantasy-the list of those who could win includes her

RACE 8 – POST TIME – 3:53 PM Tom Benson Memorial Overnight S.
ENTRIES PLUS (FREE)
PPS & SELECTIONS
PP (RACE 8)
Exacta / $0.50 Trifecta / $0.10 Superfecta Daily Double
Fair Grounds STAKES
Purse $50,000. For Fillies And Mares Three Years Old And Upward Accredited Louisiana Bred. About One Mile. (Turf) (Rail at 10 Feet)
P# PP Horse Virtual
Stable A/S Med Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1 Mi Copa Rebosa (LA)
[ ] 4/F L J Gilligan
118 S Gelner
15/1
2 2 Remember Daisy (LA)
[ ] 3/F L M Murrill
115 G M Scherer
6/1
3 3 Safari Calamari (LA)
[ ] 6/M L L Negron
118 T Benoit
10/1
4 4 Temple Shadow (LA)
[ ] 4/F L T Kennedy
118 O Modica
20/1
5 5 Hyper Piper (LA)
[ ] 5/M L M Pedroza
118 S B David, Jr.
12/1
6 6 Ourgoldshalaylee (LA)
[ ] 4/F L H Del-Cid
118 R Pedigo
20/1
7 7 Vanishing Image (LA)
[ ] 4/F L A Green
118 S Duke
50/1
8 8 Royal Alexandra (LA)
[ ] 4/F L J Bravo
118 D J Viator
15/1
9 9 Eskenformore (LA)
[ ] 5/M L J Graham
118 J E Hodges
12/1
10 10 Mr. Al’s Gal (LA)
[ ] 4/F L A Beschizza
118 J Jeansonne
7/2
11 11 Bermuda Star (LA)
[ ] 4/F L D Saenz
124 V Arceneaux
7/2
12 12 Pacific Pink (LA)
[ ] 6/M L C J Hernandez
118 E J Johnston
3/1
Owners: 1 – Orange Grove Thoroughbreds, Inc. (John E. Kent, III) ; 2 – Al and Bill Ulwelling ; 3 – Tyron Benoit ; 4 – Virginia Lazenby Racing Stable, LLC ( Virginia Lazenby ) ; 5 – Earl Hernandez, Keith Hernandez, and John Duvieilh ; 6 – Pedigo Family Racing ( Randy and Frankie Pedigo ) ; 7 – Michael J. Almerico, II and Kevin Hotard ; 8 – Hooties Racing LLC (Mark B. Moore) and WSS Racing LLC (William Simon) ; 9 – Sugarland Thoroughbreds, LLC ( Linda and Harvey Peltier, III ) ; 10 – Brittlyn Stable, Inc. ( Evelyn Benoit ) ; 11 – Brittlyn Stable, Inc. ( Evelyn Benoit ) ; 12 – Keith Plaisance
Breeders: 1 – Orange Grove Thoroughbreds, Inc.; 2 – Al Ulwelling & Bill Ulwelling; 3 – Brittlyn Stables, Inc.; 4 – Spendthrift Farm, LLC; 5 – Earl Hernandez, Keith Hernandez &John Duvieilh; 6 – Leighton Hall Dunham Jr.; 7 – LA Bred Equine Enterprises; 8 – L. H. Dunham Jr.; 9 – Sugarland Thoroughbred, LLC; 10 – J. Adcock & Neal McFadden; 11 – Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson; 12 – Brandon Adcock
Pedigrees (Sire – Dam, by Dam Sire): 1 – My Pal Charlie – Cup Racer , by Value Plus ; 2 – Misremembered – Very Speightstown , by Speightstown ; 3 -Half Ours – Zaafira , by A.P. Indy ; 4 – Temple City – Officer’s Holiday , by Officer ; 5 – Old Fashioned – Filaree , by Saros (GB) ; 6 – Mauk Four – Miss Goldwin , by Gold Tribute ; 7 – Ready’s Image – Half a Notion , by Half Ours ; 8 – Due Date – Skip All the Way , by Skip Away ; 9 – Eskendereya – Madel , by More Than Ready ; 10 – Salute the Sarge – Spanish Ice , by Spanish Steps ; 11 – Star Guitar – Bermuda Bride , by Runaway Groom ; 12 – Private Vow – Truly Romantic , by Robyn Dancer ;
My Selections
1-Remember Daisy-feel like this one has a big effort in here
2-Bermuda Star-this one should be amongst the major players
3-Eskenformore-big price play could impact on her best effort
Sire of Temple Shadow standing at Spendthrift Farm

RACE 9 – POST TIME – 4:22 PM
ENTRIES PLUS (FREE)
PPS & SELECTIONS
PP (RACE 9)
Exacta / $0.50 Trifecta / $0.10 Superfecta
Fair Grounds CLAIMING $5,000
Purse $14,000. (Includes $4,000 – Other Sources) (Plus $3,000 – ALBSS-Accredited LA Bred Slot Supplement). For Three Year Olds And Upward Which Have Never Won Two Races. Three Year Olds, 121 Lbs.; Older, 124 Lbs. Non-winners Of A Race At A Mile Or Over Since October 15 Allowed 3 Lbs. Claiming Price $5,000. One Mile And Seventy Yards.
P# PP Horse Virtual
Stable A/S Med Claim $ Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1 Bad and Tough (LA)
[ ] 9/G L $5,000 L Negron
118 E J Ledet
30/1
2 2 Delta Eighty Eight (LA)
[ ] 4/G L $5,000 A Green
118 S B David, Jr.
6/1
3 3 Satellite (KY)
[ ] 3/G L $5,000 M Murrill
118 J Engler
9/2
4 4 Magic Maniac (LA)
[ ] 3/G L $5,000 T Kennedy
115 S Duke
20/1
5 5 Netela (FL)
[ ] 6/H L $5,000 J Gilligan
121 P Vashchenko
8/1
6 6 Pleasant Street (KY)
[ ] 4/C L $5,000 E Lara
1165 J M Cowan
4/1
7 7 Miss You Jo (LA)
[ ] 3/G L $5,000 C J Hernandez
115 A Balderas
8/1
8 8 Seeking Fast (FL)
[ ] 4/G L $5,000 M Pedroza
121 J R Smith, Jr.
7/2
9 9 French Command (KY)
[ ] 4/G L $5,000 J Rodriguez
1165 K L Hargrave
30/1
10 10 Raise Em Up (FL)
[ ] 3/G L $5,000 M Chaves
118 K M Mordenti
15/1
11 11 Beauty Boy (LA)
[ ] 3/C L $5,000 G Saez
115 D R Caldwell
10/1
Owners: 1 – Kenny D. Ledet ; 2 – Earl Hernandez, Keith Hernandez, and John Duvieilh ; 3 – Bosharon Stables, LLC (James R. Wyenandt) ; 4 – Steven Duke ; 5 – Glockenburg, LLC (Vladimir Kazakov) ; 6 – Ragnar Korthase ; 7 – Steve and Pat Roe ; 8 – Larry Gourneau, Jr. ; 9 – Patricia Harden and Randall Hargrave ; 10 – Mansoor Malik ; 11 – Double Dam Farm, LLC ( Delmar R. Caldwell )
Breeders: 1 – Barney Core & Regina Core; 2 – Keith J. Hernandez, Earl J. Hernandez &John Duvieilh; 3 – W. S. Farish & Kilroy ThoroughbredPartnership; 4 – Majestic Farms, LLC; 5 – Glockenburg LLC; 6 – Gregory Szymski; 7 – Allie J Theriot; 8 – Ruben Valdes; 9 – Calumet Farm; 10 – John D. Rio & Carole A. Rio; 11 – Delmar R. Caldwell
Pedigrees (Sire – Dam, by Dam Sire): 1 – Good and Tough – Stage Dancer , by Pleasant Tap ; 2 – Astrology – Carmel Doll , by Royal Academy ; 3 -Smart Strike – Soul Search , by A.P. Indy ; 4 – Hallway – Magic City , by Carson City ; 5 – Ghostzapper – Nokomos , by A.P. Indy ; 6 – Street Boss -Pleasant Mate , by Pleasant Tap ; 7 – Songandaprayer – Alex’s Sis Casey , by Afleet Alex ; 8 – Seeking the Dia – Loveitorleaveit , by Put It Back ; 9 – War Chant – Padmore , by French Deputy ; 10 – Haynesfield – Therese , by Exchange Rate ; 11 – Royal Strand (IRE) – Belek’s Beauty , by Belek ;

My Selections
1-Satellite-leaning here in a puzzling finale
2-Pleasant Street-could impact in here too
3-Seeking Fast-another who has a real chance
Sire of Pleasant Street standing at Darley
Equipment Changes: 4 – Magic Maniac – Blinkers off

This is just the start of 80 days of great racing here at the Fair Grounds and I am committed to provide you with expert analysis and wise selections so sit back and enjoy what promises to be a superlative year of racing here at the Fair Grounds. I will be back to give you my look at Friday’s card so until then as always my loyal readers 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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