Out of My Way Can Validate Upset in Pelleteri
Date Posted: 3/12/2004 8:52:23 PM
Last Updated: 3/14/2004 2:59:10 PM

(from Fair Grounds report)
An open field of seven sprinters is set to square off in the $125,000 Pelleteri Breeders' Cup Handicap Sunday at Fair Grounds.

The six-furlong event is the pinnacle of the sprint stakes series at the Fair Grounds meet. All but one of Sunday's entrants exits last month's Taylor's Special Handicap, which was won by Out of My Way.

Trained by Greg Geier, Out of My Way got back to his winning ways in the Taylor's Special after being dismissed at odds of 28-1. Geier removed the blinkers on Out of My Way in his last, and the 7-year-old gelding responded with a powerful victory.

Jockey Gerard Melancon retains the mount aboard the Illinois-bred son of Jolie's Halo, who will break from post No. 6 in the Pelleteri.

The 5-2 morning-line favorite is graded stakes winner Mountain General.

Trained by Steve Asmussen for his father Keith Asmussen, the 6-year-old warrior finished second in last season's Pelleteri after winning the Taylor's Special and Thanksgiving Handicap, where he turned in a track record performance for six furlongs in a blazing 1:08.03. The son of Mountain Cat was named the meet's top sprinter in 2002-03, and went on to win the Aristades Handicap (gr. III) at Churchill Downs over the summer.

Mountain General broke a splint bone while finishing second in the Vanderbilt Handicap (gr. II) at Saratoga in August, and made his return to the races in the Taylor's Special, where he checked in a disappointing seventh as the 6-5 favorite.

Jockey Shane Sellers will once again be aboard the bay gelding, who will break from post No. 2.

$125,000 Pelleteri Breeders' Cup Handicap, 3 & up, 6 furlongs
1. Cat Genius (Robby Albarado)
2. Mountain General (Shane Sellers)
3. Jack Black and Ice (James Graham)
4. Aloha Bold (Eddie Martin Jr.)
5. Captain Thunder (Jose Martinez Jr.)
6. Out of My Way (Gerard Melancon)
7. Ole Rebel (Corey Lanerie)


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