Speedy Sophomores Headed for Lafayette
Updated: Sunday, April 10, 2005 4:04 PM
Posted: Friday, April 8, 2005 2:19 PM
Padua Stables' stakes winner Razor heads a field of five speedy sophomores headed to the gate for Sunday's $100,000 Lafayette Stakes (gr. III), going six furlongs at Keeneland.
The Florida-bred son of Concorde's Tune has never finished off the board in his six-race career, including three wins. Trainer Steve Asmussen will give a leg up to jockey John Velazquez.
Challenging Razor will be More Smoke, who has tons of early speed. The Kentucky-bred son of Smoke Glacken
took the Dancing Count Stakes at Pimlico on New Year's Day and most recently finished third behind Lost in the Fog in the Swale Stakes (gr. II) at Gulfstream Park.
John Zimmerman conditions More Smoke for the partnership of Thomas McClay and Harry Nye. Clinton Potts gets the call to ride.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas will saddle Grand Slam Farm's Silent Bid. The Kentucky-bred son of Grand Slam
is cutting back in distance after most recently finishing unplaced in the 1 1/16-mile Risen Star Stakes (gr. III) at Keeneland and breaking his maiden at that same distance in January. Gary Stevens gets the call.
West Point Thoroughbred's Louisiana-bred Crimson Stag enters the Lafayette off an unplaced effort on the turf in the Gentilly Handicap at Fair Grounds. The Dallas Stewart-trainee has three state-bred stakes wins to his credit. Regular rider Robby Albarado will be back in the saddle.
Marine Seal enters the Lafayette fresh off a maiden breaking score at Aqueduct and will challenge stakes company for the time. The Jennifer Pedersen-trainee is one of two horses in the Lafayette bred by Hopewell Investments; More Smoke is the other.
Jorge Chavez will carry the red-and-black Paraneck Stable silks.
The field for Sunday's $100,000 Lafayette Stakes (gr. III) includes:
1-- More Smoke (Clinton Potts, 119)
2-- Crimson Stag (Robby Albarado, 123)
3-- Silent Bid (Gary Stevens, 117)
4-- Razor (John Velazquez, 119)
5-- Marine Seal (Jorge Chavez, 117)
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