Fair Grounds Stakes Loaded With Full Fields

While the $100,000 Lecomte Stakes (gr. III) for 3-year-olds serves as the featured attraction Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course, four other $100,000 stakes, all with deep fields, are part of the 11-race card.

The Tiffany Lass Stakes for 3-year-old fillies attracted a field of 12, while both turf events – the Col. E.R. Bradley Handicap for older horses and the Dr. A.B. Leggio for filly and mare sprinters – attracted full fields of 14. The Colonel Power Stakes for sprinters attracted a field of nine.

The Bradley, at about 1 1/16 miles over the lawn, has as its 5-2 early favorite a pair of Fair Grounds graded stakes winners as an entry – Team Block’s pair of Mystery Giver and Fort Prado. Mystery Giver, who has won four Fair Grounds stakes races including the 2004 Mervin Muniz Memorial Handicap (gr. IIT), is coming off a fourth-place finish in the “Buddy” Diliberto Memorial Handicap at Fair Grounds Dec. 16. Fort Prado won the Fair Grounds Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Louisiana Downs last season and was most recently fourth in Hawthorne’s Carey Memorial  (gr. IIIT) in September. Mystery Giver has Jesse Campbell listed while Robby Albarado rides Fort Prado

E. J. Sukley’s Purim, the early second choice in the Bradley at 3-1, won last year’s Razorback Breeders’ Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Oaklawn and also scored in the Arlington Classic (gr. IIIT) in 2005.  Purim was sixth in the Diliberto Memorial Dec. 16 following a six-month layoff and has Jesus Castanon named.

Casa Farms I LLC’s Whatdreamsrmadeof and Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein’s Get Ready Bertie are the top two choices in the 12-horse Tiffany Lass field at 4-1 and 9-2 respectively.

Whatdreamsrmade is coming off three consecutive runner-up finishes during her 2-year-old campaign. Corey Lanerie will ride for eight-time leading Fair Grounds trainer Tom Amoss.

Get Ready Bertie was second in Aqueduct’s Demoiselle (gr. II) Nov. 25 at last asking, but broke out of first level allowance company with a four-length tally before that at Churchill Downs Nov. 7. Albarado gets the call from trainer Steve Flint.

In the Leggio, to be contested at about 5 1/2 furlongs on the grass, Markpoint Stable’s All for Fashion, most recently runner-up in Fair Grounds’ Esplanade Stakes Dec. 22, is the tepid 4-1 morning line favorite.  Donnie Meche gets the mount for trainer Scott Blasi.

The upset winner in the Esplanade, Stanley Seelig’s Follow the Lite, also returns. E.J. Perrodin is named aboard the early 9-2 second choice for trainer Patrick Mouton.

In the Colonel Power, Marc and Jill Winston’s Monkey Hill, fourth last time in Fair Grounds’ Bonapaw Stakes but only beaten a half-length, is the 5-2 morning line choice. Albarado will ride for Amoss.

Meteor Impact, coming off a win in the Louisiana Champions Day Sprint, tries open company in the Colonel Power. Kerwin Clark comes in to ride for trainer Connie Tassistro.

$100,000 Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap (Race 5, 2:27 p.m.), 4 & Up, About 1 1/16 Miles (Turf)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight
1. a-Fort Prado (IL), Robby Albarado, 120
2. Gold Hornet (KY), Joseph Talamo, 113
3. Purim (KY), Jesus L. Castanon, 117
4. Raw Power (ON), Gerard Melancon, 116
5. Arbuckle Bandit (KY), Carlos H. Marquez, Jr., 118
6. a-Mystery Giver (IL), Jesse M. Campbell
7. Storm Treasure (KY), Donnie J. Meche, 116
8. Gigawatt (KY), Cody Meche, 114
9. Northern Scene (TX), Lonnie Meche, 115
10. Desert Wheat (LA), Larry Melancon, 115
11. Estevan (KY), Emma-Jayne Wilson, 114
12. Cloudy's Knight (KY), Corey J. Lanerie, 115
13. Costa Rising (LA), Mario Jose Reyes, 116
14. Zetetic (KY), James Graham, 113
a- Team Block entry

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