Friday at Fair Grounds

Mar 20th, 2014 | By TrackSide View | Category: Picking Winners

Rick Francis
Staff writer

We end the work week where it began, the Fair Grounds turf. Today’s selection features a group of 3-year-olds routing one-mile over the now high and dry Stall-Wilson course; so let’s get started.

Race 7 – Fair Grounds – post time: 5:25 p.m. EDT

Xtra Luck (1), Pish/Albarado; after a last place run in the Risen Star, connections opt for a turf try, which for trainer Danny Pish is close to a 20 percent angle. Robby Albarado gets the call today, so look for a rebounding effort.

Saint Finian (2), Carroll/Landeros; loved the way this Pioneerof the Nile colt closed to win a turf sprint here earlier this month, and should relish the added distance. Conditioner David Carroll has had a strong meet, 21 percent, and I look for this one to be a factor.

Ry’s the Man (3), Pessin/Geroux; gelding was a solid main track competitor, but it was his turf try two back that produced his maiden win. He’s another that’ll love this route.

Flat Gone (4), Desormeaux/Mena; finishing eighth in the Risen Star at odds of 102-1, connections now try the lawn; why not. The percentages for trainer Keith Desormeaux in this spot are average, but this Flatter colt has faced some tough customers before, so back class helps.

Rainbow Trip (5), Amoss/Napravnik; claimed last out for 25k, new connections of Moss/Amoss return this Sightseeing gelding to the claim, now for 50k; smart move. He’s the most accomplished turf player entered, and with Rosie getting the call, the probable fave.

Bayou St John (6), Lovell/Eramia; debuts for the Lovell barn without blinkers, which for this trainer has been a solid move winning at almost 30 percent. Solid beat down in each of his last two, Bernstein gelding will improve, just not enough for the win.

Cry From the Heart (7), Vashchenko/Reznikov; First Defence colt was no threat to a couple of these last out, but Russian-born trainer Pavel Vashchenko has working him hot in the a.m.’s, including bullet on Monday.

Giacallure (8), Scherer/Hernandez; exits his maiden score, a solid rail run at today’s distance. He’s improved in each of his three starts; don’t overlook this Giacomo colt.

Bern’ James Bern (9), Asmussen/Graham; Bernstein gelding’s last three, all off the turf tries, ended with a pair of seconds sandwiched around his maiden win. Asmussen starter burned me Wednesday under similar conditions, but not today.

Bern’ James Bern will have to hold off Rainbow Trip, Giacallure, and Saint Finian for the win, and that’s a tough bunch, so I’ll box those and hope everyone stays above even money. Rick’s selection: 9, 5, 8, and 2.

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