Punch Appeal will be seeking her sixth career stakes win when she contests Saturday's $100,000 Tiffany Lass Stakes at Fair Grounds. The Tiffany Lass is the first in a series of three 3-year-old filly stakes leading up to the $300,000 Fair Grounds Oaks (gr. II) March 12 at the New Orleans oval.The Steve Asmussen-trained Punch Appeal won five stakes as a juvenile, including the Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies at Turfway Park. A daughter of leading freshman sire Successful Appeal, Punch Appeal ended 2004 with back-to-back stakes wins in the Pocahontas Stakes in November at Churchill Downs and the Delta Princess Stakes in December at Delta Downs to close out her 2-year-old season with earnings of $389,840.Jockey Jerry Bailey has the mount aboard Punch Appeal in the Tiffany Lass.Another proven runner to take the gate in the mile Tiffany Lass is Enduring Will. Trained by Al Stall Jr., the daughter of Arch is two-for-three lifetime, including a 10-length romp in the Silver Spur Breeders' Cup Stakes at Lone Star Park. Enduring Will was pointed toward the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) until coming down with a lung infection in the weeks leading up to the race.Owned by Michael Rainier, Enduring Will has not started since her runaway win in the Silver Spur, but has been training forwardly. Jockey Lonnie Meche gets the call aboard Enduring Will.
Tiffany Lass Stakes, Fair Grounds, $100,000, one mile, 3-year-old fillies, Saturday, Jan. 15, estimated local post time: 3:24 p.m.
PP -- Horse, Weight, Jockey 1 -- Chubbs Last Call, 114, Corey J. Lanerie 2 -- Eyes On Eddy, 112, Eddie M. Martin Jr. 3 -- Punch Appeal, 122, Jerry D. Bailey 4 -- Emmy's Storm, 112, Carlos Marquez Jr. 5 -- The Beter Man Can, 122, Elvis Joseph Perrodin 6 -- Enduring Will, 122, Lonnie Meche 7 -- Take a Check, 112, Jozbin Z. Santana