New Year’s Eve: Fair Grounds Pago Hop Analysis, Selections

By | December 29, 2022

The New Year’s Eve card from Fair Grounds features the Woodchopper and the Pago Hop. The Louisiana track has recently brought their turf course back on line.

Fair Grounds- Race 1

Post: 1:15 PM CT; $20k Maiden Claiming going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 8

  • #5 CHIPEEE gets the top selection. He has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip.
  • #3 HARPES HILL is a price horse and should be competitive in this spot. He has to be respected going out for the combination of Calhoun and Gutierrez. This one is well bred for this spot.
  • #7 TUCKER THE GRUMP should be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders. This one has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.
  • #1A BUCK DOLL TAYLOR could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end.

Selections: 5 – 3 – 7 – 10

Fair Grounds- Race 2

Post: 1:45 PM CT; $100k Louisiana Futurity going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #5 NORAH G is the top pick. She has to be respected going out for the combination of West and Parker. This one should be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders.
  • #7 HOPEITSMYLUCKYDAY looks to be the class of the field.
  • #4 STAR MOMENT has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.
  • #1 NEW DESTINY has to be respected going out for the combination of Gelner and Geroux.

Selections: 5 – 7 – 4 – 1

Fair Grounds- Race 3

Post: 2:15 PM CT; $22k Starter Optional Claiming going 5 1/2 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 9

  • #2 BEVERLY PARK looks best here. He has tactical speed and can sit just off the leaders for a stalk and pounce trip. This one has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #5 OPTIMAL COURAGE appears to be a major player in this race. He has races good enough to beat this group. This one could get the right setup in this race.
  • #1A GLENN’S JUMPER makes sense on speed figures. This one has to be respected going out for the combination of Wilson and Rodriguez.
  • #7 CRYPTOZONIC feels like a fringe contender in this spot. He looks to be the class of the field.

Selections: 2 – 5 – 10- 7

Fair Grounds- Race 4

Post: 2:45 PM CT; $52k Allowance going 1 mile on dirt; Entries: 7

  • #7 NOSILVERSPOONSHERE gets the top selection. She has to be respected going out for the combination of Amoss and Lanerie. This one looks to be the class of the field.
  • #1 MEDLEY has really consistent pace figures which should work well in a moderately paced race. This one has the top overall power rating in the group.
  • #6 VALE MALE has races good enough to beat this group. This one seems to fit well enough here.
  • #3 SHELLI’S ANGEL projects to sit mid pack and come with one run.

Selections: 7 – 1 – 6 – 3

Fair Grounds- Race 5

Post: 3:15 PM CT; $100k Woodchopper S. going 1 mile on turf; Entries: 8

  • #8 READY TO PURRFORM is the top pick. He has to be respected going out for the combination of Cox and Geroux. This one looks to be the class of the field.
  • #5 SUTHERLAND should be competitive in this spot. He runs evenly and looks to get a very fair pace scenario here.
  • #1 STRAIGHT ANSWER feels like a fringe contender in this spot. He has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #2 UNDERDRESSED isn’t without hope. He has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.

Selections: 8 – 5 – 1 – 2

Fair Grounds- Race 6

Post: 3:45 PM CT; $51k Allowance going 1 mile 70 yards on dirt; Entries: 6

  • #3 KUPUNA looks best here. He should be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders. This one shouldn’t have trouble with the 1 mile 70 yard distance.
  • #6 GUNTOWN will likely have a lot to do in the lane, but could get up with a competitive run.
  • #4 GLOBAL SENSATION has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts. This one seems to fit well enough here.
  • #1 FRENCH COMPOSER seems to be running for the minor placings in this contest. He will likely be in the first flight of runners and should be in with a chance late. This one looks to be the class of the field.

Selections: 3 – 6 – 4 – 1

Fair Grounds- Race 7

Post: 4:15 PM CT; $50k Maiden Special Weight going 1 1/16 miles on dirt; Entries: 11

  • #1 COMPARATIVE gets the top selection. She seems to fit well enough here. This one should be sitting in the second tier of runners and looking to make one well timed run at the leaders.
  • #7 NANCY SPAIN appears to be a major player in this race. She makes sense on speed figures.
  • #8 GHOSTLY GIRL should be competitive in this spot. She makes sense on speed figures. This one comes into the race in really good form.
  • #11 LOVIN’ ON THE RUN looks to be the class of the field. This one makes sense on speed figures.

Selections: 1 – 7 – 8 – 11

Fair Grounds- Race 8

Post: 4:45 PM CT; $100k Pago Hop S. going 1 mile on turf; Entries: 9

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  • #7 A MO REAY is the top pick. She has the top overall power rating in the group. This one has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #8 TRAIL RIDGE ROAD should be competitive in this spot. She will be rolling late and has a good closing kick that could get the job done here.
  • #4 TROBAIRITZ could be in with a shot in this race. She makes sense on speed figures. This one runs evenly and looks to get a very fair pace scenario here.
  • #6 FANCY MARTINI makes sense on speed figures.

Selections: 7 – 8 – 4 – 6

Fair Grounds- Race 9

Post: 5:15 PM CT; $100k Louisiana Futurity going 6 furlongs on dirt; Entries: 8

  • #3 CALICOCO looks best here. He has solid early pace figures in a race that looks to lack a ton of front running speed.
  • #7 RANCH WATER should be competitive in this spot. He could be a dangerous threat to get loose on the front end. This one shouldn’t have trouble with the 6 furlong distance.
  • #2 Z RESURRECTION could be in with a shot in this race. He has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #6 JACK HAMMER is probably best to put underneath on most tickets. He could try and take the front if the other potential speed balks.

Selections: 3 – 7 – 2 – 6

Fair Grounds- Race 10

Post: 5:45 PM CT; $50k Maiden Special Weight going 1 1/16 miles on dirt; Entries: 11

  • #10 MO SHIRO gets the top selection. She shouldn’t have trouble with the 1 1/16 mile distance. This one has proven to be able to handle these conditions in previous starts.
  • #8 SHE’S LOOKIN LUCKY appears to be a major player in this race. She should have the stamina to get the distance here. This one has been really solid in recent starts and should be ready to run a big one here.
  • #9 LADY WITH A CAUSE should be competitive in this spot. She runs evenly and looks to get a very fair pace scenario here.
  • #2 WATCH THIS MUNNY isn’t without hope. She looks to be the class of the field. This one comes into the race in really good form.

Selections: 10- 8 – 9 – 2

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