Steve Mongerson's Smalltown Slew, a close second in the opening day Thanksgiving Handicap, is the tepid 7-2 morning line choice over a full field for the inaugural running of the $75,000 Bonapaw Stakes Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course.
The Bonapaw, to be contested at about 5 1/2 furlongs over the Stall-Wilson turf course, is for 3-year-olds and up and is named for the locally based grade I winning sprinter.
In the Thanksgiving, Smalltown Slew was bumped at the start, raced five wide most of the way, and could not catch the front-running Cort's P.B., but was easily second best. In his previous start, the 5-year-old son of Evansville Slew was second over Keeneland's Polytrack course Oct. 14, and before that was runner-up in Turfway's $72,000 Marfa Stakes Sept. 16.
John Pierce II's Mystery Classic, an invader from the Lone Star State, is the 4-1 second choice in the Bonapaw. The sophomore gelding has won his last six starts, most recently by 1 3/4 lengths in the $50,000 Spirit of Texas Stakes Dec. 2 at Sam Houston. Before that, he captured Retama's $40,000 Watson McManus Memorial Stakes by five lengths Oct. 14.
Contenders Storm Surge and Big Top Cat are both owned by Overbrook Farm. Believe Im Special is on the also-eligible list.
|Fair Grounds - December 23rd, 2006 - Race 9 |
Bonapaw S. - Grade:
Estimated Local Post Time: 4:06 PM
|Race Type: Stakes |
Age Restriction: Three Year Old and Upward
|Purse: $75,000 |
Distance:About About Five And One Half Furlongs
|Post||Horse Name||Age||Sex||Weight||Jockey Name|
|1||Mystery Classic (TX)||3||Gelding||116||Bobby J. Walker, Jr.|
|2||Smalltown Slew (MS)||5||Gelding||118||Corey J. Lanerie|
|3||Chosen Chief (KY)||7||Gelding||118||Robby Albarado|
|4||Middleweight (KY)||6||Gelding||118||Lonnie Meche|
|5||Gaff (KY)||4||Colt||118||Donnie J. Meche|
|6||Storm Surge (KY)||4||Colt||118||Carlos Gonzalez|
|7||Monkey Hill (CA)||5||Horse||118||Joseph Talamo|
|8||All Wired Up (LA)||4||Colt||118||Marlon St. Julien|
|9||Big Top Cat (KY)||4||Colt||118||James Graham|
|10||Rodeo's Castle (FL)||5||Gelding||118||Jesse M. Campbell|
|11||Venomous (TX)||4||Colt||118||Elvis Joseph Perrodin|
|12||Shrewd Deputy (KY)||5||Horse||118||Cody Meche|
|AE||Believe Im Special (LA)||7||Gelding||118||Gerard Melancon|