James Tafel's Lakenheath, coming off a half-length victory over Bala in the Truly Bound Handicap Jan. 3, heads a field of nine in Saturday's $150,000 Chou Croute Handicap for older fillies and mares at Fair Grounds.
Trained by Gene Cilio and to be ridden by Robby Albarado, Lakenheath, a 5-year-old homebred daughter of Colonial Affair, will carry top weight of 118 pounds in the 1 1/16-mile Chou Croute. She drew the outside post.
Saturday's field includes Bala, who closed well in the 1 1/16-mile Truly Bound to challenge Lakenheath for the victory, and Took Out, who was a late-running third that day.
The winner of last September's Alington Matron (gr. III) has six wins in her 21-race career with earnings of $468,276.$150,000 Chou Croute, fillies and mares 4 & up, 1 1/16 mile
PP Horse, Weight, Jockey
1 Dusti's Tune (KY), 110, Willie Martinez
2 Salty Farma (KY), 115, Lonnie Meche
3 Ifyouprefersilver (KY), 114, Frank Lovato, Jr.
4 Bala (ON), 113, Larry Melancon
5 Took Out (KY), 115, Corey J. Lanerie
6 Royal Sky (KY), 111, Gerard Melancon
7 Blue Guru (KY), 113, Calvin H. Borel
8 Summer Delight (KY), 112, Shane J. Sellers
9 Lakenheath (KY), 118, Robby Albarado