Risen Star winner Ecton Park sired Silverbulletday favorite French Park.

Risen Star winner Ecton Park sired Silverbulletday favorite French Park.


3-Year-Olds Take Stage at Fair Grounds Meet

(from Fair Grounds report)
The lone chance for 3-year-olds on the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks trail to make a name at the Fair Grounds meet at Harrah's Louisiana Downs comes on Saturday.

The Risen Star (gr. III), the first graded stakes race on dirt for 3-year-olds, and the Silverbulletday (gr. III) for 3-year-old fillies, top the program. Also on the card are the Bayou Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. IIIT) on the lawn and the Duncan F. Kenner Breeders' Cup Handicap for sprinters. All four stakes are $250,000-added events.

Since 2002, either the Kentucky Derby or Oaks winner has raced at Fair Grounds: Derby winners War Emblem in 2002 and Funny Cide in 2003 and Oaks winners Ashado in 2004 and Summerly last year.

Of the 15 horses entered in the two 3-year-old stakes on Saturday, the best chance to extend that streak likely belongs to the undefeated filly French Park, the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the Silverbulletday.

Trained by Helen Pitts for Steve Stan Stables, French Park is 3-for-3, winning graded stakes in each of her last two starts, the Pocahontas (gr. III) and Golden Rod (gr. II) at Churchill Downs.

Calvin Borel will ride French Park. The daughter of 1999 Risen Star winner Ecton Park will break from post No. 5.

The Silverbulletday field also features the Steve Asmussen-trained duo of Cintarosa and Devine Laughter, each of whom ran in an allowance at Louisiana Downs last week. Wild Tonight, trained by Bob Holthus, won an allowance at Louisiana Downs Dec. 16. Capozzene was second in the Three Ring at Calder in her last start for Eclipse Award-winning trainer Todd Pletcher.

The Risen Star features a balanced field of seven.

The 5-2 morning-line favorite is James T. Hines Jr. homebred Lawyer Ron, who was an 8 1/2-length winner in the Diamond Jo on New Year's Eve at Evangeline Downs. That was the second straight impressive performance for the Holthus-trained son of Langfuhr , who won an allowance/optional claiming event at Louisiana Downs by 10 3/4 lengths here on Dec. 9.

John McKee will ride Lawyer Ron.

Pletcher will send out Saint Augustus, who is coming off a win in the What A Pleasure at Calder last month. Six-time Fair Grounds leading rider Robby Albarado gets the call on both of Pletcher's entries Saturday.

Locally based Hyte Regency, trained by Jeff Trosclair, was third in the Kentucky Jockey Club (gr. II) at Churchill Downs in his last start, which was only his second try on dirt. Corey Lanerie rides.

$250,000 Risen Star Stakes (gr. III, Race 9, 4:09 p.m.), 3-year-olds, 1 1/16 miles
PP. Horse, Weight, Jockey
1. Red Bordeaux (KY), 116, Carlos Gonzalez
2. Mark of Success (KY), 116, Calvin H. Borel
3. Hyte Regency (FL), 116, Corey J. Lanerie
4. Lawyer Ron (KY), 118, John McKee
5. Malameeze (KY), 116, John Jacinto
6. Midway Man (KY), 116, Roman Chapa
7. Saint Augustus (KY), 118, Robby Albarado

$250,000 Silverbulletday Stakes (gr. III, Race 7, 3:09 p.m.), 3-year-old fillies, 1 1/16 miles
1. Wild Tonight (KY), 116, John Jacinto
2. Cintarosa (KY), 116, Corey J. Lanerie
3. Hoochie Glide (KY), 116, Terry J. Thompson
4. Seen Dancing (KY), 116, Luis S. Quinonez
5. French Park (KY), 122, Calvin H. Borel
6. Baghdaria (KY), 116, M. Clifton Berry
7. Capozzene (KY), 116, Robby Albarado
8. Devine Laughter (FL), 116, Roman Chapa