Bonapaw Sprinting Again in Pelleteri Handicap
Updated: Sunday, March 16, 2003 10:13 PM
(from track report)
Posted: Friday, March 14, 2003 8:46 PM
Bonapaw, a grade I winner sprinting, retreats to his old favorite distance for Sunday's $150,000 Pelleteri Breeders' Cup Handicap at Fair Grounds.
The final stakes sprint of the meet carries the richest purse of $150,000. Bonapaw will tackle a strong field of six other rivals in the six-furlong event.
Owned by Jim and Dennis Richard and trained by Norman Miller, Bonapaw wheels back 14 days after his eighth-place finish in the New Orleans Handicap (gr. II), his second try at two turns in graded company. The 7-year-old gelded son of Sabona finished third in the Whirlaway Handicap on Feb. 9.
Bonapaw, the 122-pound high weight, won this race in 2001 for trainer Tucker Alonzo. Willie Martinez breaks from the fourth post position.
Bonapaw gets an opportunity to face six-furlong track record holder Mountain General again.
Owned by Keith Asmussen and trained by Steve Asmussen, Mountain General can wrap up top sprinter honors at the meet with a victory. He has not missed a stakes sprint this meet, winning the Thanksgiving Handicap and the Taylor's Special Handicap in his last start.
Corey Lanerie gets the mount and will carry 121 pounds.
Multiple stakes winner Beau's Town is the top threat among shippers. Trained by Cole Norman, Beau's Town ships in from Oaklawn Park off a victory in the King Cotton Stakes.
Beau's Town captured his only race over the Fair Grounds strip, winning against allowance company 15 months ago. $150,000 Pelleteri Breeders' Cup Handicap, 3 & up, 6 furlongs
PP. Horse (Jockey, Wgt., ML Odds)
1. Dash For Daylight (Larry Melancon, 115, 9-2)
2. Neon Shadow (Lonnie Meche, 112, 10-1)
3. Kazoo (Shane Sellers, 117, 6-1)
4. Bonapaw (Willie Martinez, 122, 7-2)
5. Beau's Town (Jamie Theriot, 118, 3-1)
6. Mountain General (Corey Lanerie, 121, 5-2)
7. Doctor Mike (Calvin Borel, 114, 10-1)
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