Thursday at Fair Grounds

Mar 19th, 2014 | By TrackSide View | Category: Picking Winners

Rick Francis
Staff writer

Fillies and mares take to the Stall-Wilson turf course in an allowance contest restricted to Louisiana-breds. One-mile is the route, so let’s get started.

Race 6 – Fair Grounds – post time: 4:44 p.m. EDT

Mr. Green Girl (1), Schmidt/Albarado; facing a field of four because of off the turf conditions, Chatain filly broke her maiden under a hand ride. In her three previous starts, all on the turf, so showed glimpses of a late kick, and with Albarado staying on, she’ll have something left late.

Tee Jolie (2), David/Guidry; Scat Daddy filly has been consistent, board finishes in six of her nine starts, three of which were place efforts here on the main track, a surface she should remain on, as her lone turf try a year ago ended in a last place posting.

Miller’s Pond (3), Courville/Hernandez; 5yo by Ide is another that’s had main track success here, showing in her last three. The turf debut angle for trainer Ricky Courville, though currently winless this meet, is 20 percent, so give this mare a good looking over.

Ella Louise (4), Melancon/Theriot; Ide filly enters fresh off her debut score, a willing Delta Downs effort sprinting in the slop. The first on grass and stretch-out angles for conditioner Francis Melancon shows “goose-eggs”, so I’m going to look elsewhere.

Indian Wind (5), Broussard/Clark; 3yo’s lone turf start ended in a double-digit length defeat on the LaD lawn, and in her only Fair Grounds try, on the main track, she met a similar fate.

Big Bam (6), Metcalf/Eramia; placed two back sprinting on the main, and showed here a year ago over the turf at odds of 64-1. She’s a possibility in exotic plays.

Shezaknockout (7), Hodges/Napravnik; Pulling Punches filly owns a couple of place efforts sprinting over the LaD lawn, however those finishes, as well as her other three money placings, were against lesser. Rosie returns for the ride, so you got to consider even with the step-up.

Gibson Halo (8), Deville/Meche; 5yo mare by Choosing Choice, consistent on the main’s of Delta and Evangeline Downs, makes her turf debut, unfortunately a zero angle for trainer Nick Deville. She has exhibited a liking to the distance, and that maybe more of a factor than the surface for some of these.

Princess of Pearl (9), Gibson/Graham; in a full gate of 14 last out, Tiz Wonderful filly stayed close early and got up late to win by a neck over a yielding Stall-Wilson turf. She’s faced tough company on the lawns of Southern California, and with maiden winners of their last race, trainer Jonas Gibson is close to 30 percent; the pick.

Two straight days of turf racing hasn’t happened very often this meet, as rain and cold have plagued the Stall-Wilson course for much of the year, and one has to think several in here were banking on the possibility of yet another off the turf start, but it’s going to stay green and for that I’ll use Princess of Pearl in a win bet and wheel her on top of Mr. Green Girl, Shezaknockout, and Gibson Halo.

Rick’s selection: 9 over 1, 7, and 8.

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