Gran Estreno, a former claimer who registered his first graded stakes victory at Arlington Park last summer to cap a six-race winning streak, returns to his favorite track for the $100,000 Hanshin Cup Stakes (gr. III) May 29.
- Bay Colt
- Born 2004
- KY -Bred
|Trainer||Louie J. Roussel, III|
|Owner||Louie J. Roussel III|
|Breeder||Needham/Betz Thoroughbreds, Blackburn, Lamantia & Halecky|
|Brothers Nicholas View Five-Cross Pedigree||Smart Strike||Mr. Prospector|
|Classy 'n Smart|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Needham-Betz Thoroughbreds, agent||($47,000)|
Prices in parentheses indicate a horse did not sell because it did not meet its reserve price.
Fox Hill Farms' Honest Man, winner of the grade III Mineshaft Handicap in his last start, is the 121-pound highweight and 3-1 morning-line favorite for the $500,000, grade II New Orleans Handicap, which is contested at 1 1/8 miles on the dirt as part of the March 14 Louisiana Derby card at Fair Grounds.
Fox Hill Farms' Honest Man stayed close to a slow pace, passed My Pal Charlie in upper stretch, and easily pulled away for a 4 1/4-length score in the $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III), the first of four graded stakes at Fair Grounds Feb. 7.
A collection of familiar faces to Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots will line up Feb. 7 in the Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III), which is part of the six-stakes "Louisiana Derby Preview Day" card scheduled for the New Orleans-area track.