Fair Grounds Saturday Preview: Louisiana Champions Day Turf Analysis

By | January 7, 2023

The Saturday card from Fair Grounds features the Louisiana Champions Day Turf. The contest looks to a wide open affair which is likely to see several at the top of the market.

Fair Grounds- Race 1

Post: 1:15 PM CT; $15k Maiden Claiming going 1 mile on dirt; Entries: 8

  • #6 SPREADING RUMORS (4-1) gets the top selection. This one has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.
  • #7 RONALDS GATSBY (3-1) should be competitive in this spot. He makes sense on speed figures.
  • #8 HARD KINGS (5-2) could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.
  • #4 STONE ALLIANCE (4-1) feels like a fringe contender in this spot. He should be part of the early pace.

Selections: 6 – 7 – 8 – 4

Fair Grounds- Race 2

Post: 1:45 PM CT; $17k Claiming going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 6

  • #6 MESABI (7-2) is the top pick. He has to be respected going out for the combination of Wilson and Rodriguez. This one comes into the race in really good form.
  • #1 AFIKOMAN (9-2) runs evenly and looks to get a very fair pace scenario here.
  • #5 MAJESTIC MANDATE (7-2) has races good enough to beat this group. This one should be part of the early pace in this spot.
  • #2 BUCKY BIK COIN (9-2) isn’t without hope. He makes sense on speed figures. This one is a good bet to hit the board in this type of race.

Selections: 6 – 1 – 5 – 2

Fair Grounds- Race 3

Post: 2:15 PM CT; $75k Bob F. Wright Memorial S. going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 5

  • #4 OVA CHARGED (2-5) looks best here. She has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip. This one has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #3 WINNING ROMANCE (5-1) feels like a fringe contender in this spot. She shouldn’t have trouble with the 6 furlong distance.
  • #5 SNOWBALL (12-1) is a price horse and could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.
  • #2 SPIRITED BEAUTY (8-1) isn’t without hope. She looks to be the class of the field. This one has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.

Selections: 4 – 3 – 5 – 2

Fair Grounds- Race 4

Post: 2:45 PM CT; $50k Maiden Special Weight going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 5

  • #1 WAR SAVER (3-1) should improve off the first start and gets the top selection. She has races good enough to beat this group. This one has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot.
  • #2 HUNTRESS FOR HIRE (5-2) debuts here and goes out for the Stall barn and gets Hernandez in the irons. This one has the pedigree to be a major player in this spot.
  • #4 TOPSY (2-1) debuts here and isn’t without hope. The breeding fits here. The morning line is promising as well.
  • #5 PELICAN LANE (7-2) goes out for the Foley barn and gets Morales in the irons and appears well respected for the first start.

Selections: 1 – 2 – 4 – 5

Fair Grounds- Race 5

Post: 3:15 PM CT; $18k Maiden Claiming going 1 mile on dirt; Entries: 9

  • #2 MOTOWN MISSILE (5-2) is the top pick. He shouldn’t have trouble with the 1 mile distance. This one has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #9 GIANNIS (3-1) appears to be a major player in this race. He makes sense on speed figures. This one projects to sit mid pack and come with one run.
  • #4 LET’S GO RANDOM (6-1) comes into the race in really good form.
  • #7 LA BOUCANE (6-1) has been running well coming into the race.

Selections: 2 – 9 – 4 – 7

Fair Grounds- Race 6

Post: 3:45 PM CT; $51k Allowance going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 8

  • #4 GEORGE ALLEN (3-1) looks best here. He shouldn’t have trouble with the 6 furlong distance. This one should be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders.
  • #8 GUTZY (5-1) looks to be the class of the field. This one could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.
  • #2 COURTMAN (6-1) should be competitive in this spot. He seems to stack up well enough with these.
  • #6 HELAIRE (4-1) has races good enough to beat this group. This one is a good bet to hit the board in this type of race.

Selections: 4 – 8 – 2 – 6

Fair Grounds- Race 7

Post: 4:15 PM CT; $26k Maiden Claiming going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #4 FROG TOWN (5-2) gets the top selection. He makes sense on speed figures. This one is well bred for this spot.
  • #5 AMANWALKSINTOABAR (7-2) should be competitive in this spot. He will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late.
  • #6 BOXSTER (3-1) has races good enough to beat this group. This one could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.
  • #2 WOLF HUNTER (6-1) seems to fit well enough here. This one has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.

Selections: 4 – 5 – 6 – 2

Fair Grounds- Race 8

Post: 4:45 PM CT; $100k Louisiana Champions Day Turf S. going about 1 1/16 miles on turf; Entries: 9

Who Took the Money | Blood Horse
  • #4 WHO TOOK THE MONEY (7-5) is the top pick. He has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #3 MAGA MAN (15-1) is a price horse and is probably best to put underneath on most tickets. He comes into the race in really good form.
  • #7 TOUCHUPONASTAR (8-5) seems to be running for the minor placings in this contest. He has really consistent pace figures which should work well in a moderately paced race.
  • #6 BALLINONABUDJET (7-2) comes into the race circling toward a top effort.

Selections: 4 – 3 – 7 – 6

Fair Grounds- Race 9

Post: 5:15 PM CT; $75k Gary P. Palmisano Memorial S. going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 9

  • #8 SWOT ANALYSIS (7-2) looks best here. He seems to fit well enough here. This one has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #3 BRIAN’S IRON MIKE (4-1) should be competitive in this spot. He projects to sit mid pack and come with one run.
  • #4 BIG CHOPPER (4-1) should be competitive in this spot. He has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip. This one has really consistent pace figures which should work well in a moderately paced race.
  • #2 BRON AND BROW (3-1) could be in with a shot in this race. He seems to fit well enough here.

Selections: 8 – 3 – 4 – 2

Fair Grounds- Race 10

Post: 5:45 PM CT; $15k Claiming going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 9

  • #5 FOOLISH STEVE (5-2) gets the top selection. He has the top overall power rating in the group. This one shouldn’t have trouble with the 6 furlong distance.
  • #6 IMPACT PLAYER (8-1) makes sense on speed figures. This one has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.
  • #2 BETTER WATCH OUT (12-1) is a price horse and seems to fit well enough here.
  • #3 MAINTAINANCE MATT (4-1) is a good bet to hit the board in this type of race. This one will likely have a lot to do in the lane, but could get up with a competitive run.

Selections: 5 – 6 – 2 – 3

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