Wednesday at Fair Grounds

Mar 25th, 2014 | By TrackSide View | Category: Picking Winners

Rick Francis
Staff writer

We head straight to the starting gate to kick off our race week and the final five days of the 142nd Fair Grounds meet. The first on the card features a small but highly competitive field of Louisiana-breds sprinting over the main track. It’s an early post time, so let’s get started.

Race 1 – Fair Grounds – post time 2:25 p.m. EDT

Get in Da House (1), Hawley/Graham; gelding makes his sixth start of the meet, in his last two, 6-year-old was closing hard but only managed to place in each. Jockey James Graham, five wins shy of leading rider Rosie, stays on, and with trainer Wes Hawley, they’re a 26 percent tandem.

Hero Force (2), Calhoun/Napravnik; after sprinting to a solid third last December in the La. Sprint, connections tried the stretch-out in his next two with both ending in off the board distant finishes. Political Force colt is a certified stakes winner and player on the Louisiana circuit, and to get him back on track trainer Bret Calhoun goes with the meets leading rider Rosie Napravnik, with whom he’s winning with at a little over 20 percent. There’s a pacesetter in the field, which sets this guy and his rail foe up for an interesting stretch duel.

Skipberry Wine (3), Breaux/Clark; 5-year-old cuts back after a series of up and down efforts going long on both the main and turf courses. Though I like the cutback angle, this is a tough bunch of proven sprinters to get past.

M Dication (4), Flint/Melancon; Vindication gelding puts a five-race win streak on the line, all from last year; now granted those scores came over a bit lesser than the stakes company most in here have faced, but 5-year-old is fast and proven he can carry that speed at these distances. He’s a dangerous win threat.

Louisiana Glory (5), Woodley/Geroux; though he placed last out, 5-year-old by Honour and Glory’s last four, all here have ended in empty and tiring fashion. His best efforts, including his La Sprint win last August have come at Louisiana and Evangeline Downs; can’t see it for the top spot.

Courtesy Cat (6), Klanfer/Marquez; out of Big Top Cat, gelding will also be part of the early pace, and though he exits a nose win over similar at Delta, his lone FG try back in December ended in a tiring off the board finish; expect the same results today.

Jimmy Graham is going to get everything he can out of Get in Da House, and he’ll be eye-to-eye with Rosie and Hero Force deep into the stretch, but M Dication will have a say. Prices will be short so I’m going with a straight up tri play of 1 over 2, /4.

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