Wednesday at Fair Grounds

Mar 18th, 2014 | By TrackSide View | Category: Picking Winners

Rick Francis
Staff writer

We kick off the race week and stretch-run of the 142nd Fair Grounds meet with the eighth and feature, a solid optional-claiming turf contest. Ten are slated to go, so let’s get started.

Race 8 – Fair Grounds – post time: 5:55 p.m. EDT

Strike Impact (1), Dupuy/Albarado; 10yo weakened late to show facing similar in last after setting a soft pace; makes 80th start, second with Albarado.

Sound Effect (2), Desormeaux/Hernandez; has put together three straight strong tries here, none however on the turf, a surface he’s won only once on.

Dream Man (3), Carroll/Eramia; Unbridled’s Song gelding makes his 2014 debut following a run of six straight money finishes. He hasn’t missed any works, so I’m concerned why we haven’t seen him yet; be careful here.

Jomelo (4), Amoss/Graham; 5yo finished a willing second here in January for the Jeff Thornbury barn; today he starts for the Moss/Amoss team, and with the firsts in his care, Amoss hits at 31 percent.

Brown Almighty (5), Stidham/Guidry; trainer Mike Stidham is solid with his turf stock, but Big Brown colt hasn’t had his picture taken in his last ten tries; only in bottoms of exotics.

Bauers Got Hours (6), Richards/Clark; by Stephen Got Even, 7yo has been a beast on the FG turf winning and placing four times, along with a pair of show efforts; never discount.

Canadian Navy (7), Carroll/Napravnik; Pulpit gelding disappointed here in a January sprint finishing fifth, so trainer Josie Carroll, whose had a solid meet , goes with Rosie in the hopes of returning to Woodbine on a winning note; I don’t see it.

Wilcox (8), Lovell/Mena; the blinkers come off this Giant’s Causeway 5yo for his debut in the Lovell barn, an impressive 27 percent angle. Gelding looked solid taking first level allowance foes here two back, and he’ll be competitive once again, and at a price.

Jimmy Sims (9), Asmussen/Bridgmohan; 9yo’s three previous tries were a pair of wins and a last out second, all in “rained-off” conditions. Though Lost Soldier gelding owns eight turf wins, it’s been since August 2012 that he’s last visited the winners circle from a turf start.

Brainwash (10), Catalano/Geroux; following a year on the bench, 5yo out of Lemon Drop Kid makes his second start of the meet, and only his second turf attempt. Conditioner Wayne Catalano is close to 20 percent with his turf players, but this isn’t gelding’s best surface.

After a season that’s seen many turf contests moved to the main track, this should stay on the lawn, and as such I’m going to take out Asmussen’s Jimmy Sims from the mix. I’ll box the following in exotics: Dream Man, Jomelo, Bauers Got Hours and Wilcox; Rick’s selection 3, 4, 6, and 8.

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