Beau's Town, the brilliant Arkansas-bred sprinter sporting wins this year in Oaklawn's King Cotton and Fair Grounds' Peletieri Breeders' Cup Stakes, heads the field of six in Thursday's $150,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III) at Oaklawn Park.
The Cole Norman trainee has won three in a row and eight of his 11 career starts to rate among the leading sprinters in the United States. He is undefeated in four starts at Oaklawn Jamie Theriot will handle the riding assignment on Thursday.
Chindi, one of the most popular horses on the grounds, won the 1998 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap and will try to play the spoiler on Thursday. With the hot-riding Carlos Marquez, Jr., in the saddle the gray runner, trained by Steve Hobby, will employ his late charge and hopes to be the beneficiary of the fast pace that likely to occur.
The field for the Count Fleet Sprint Handicap also includes Cojet, Big Bad George, Honor Me and Sand Ridge.$150,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap (gr. III), 4 & up, 6 furlongs
PP. Horse, Jockey, Wgt., ML Odds
1. Cojet, Jon Court, 116, 4-1
2. Beau's Town, Jamie Theriot, 122, 7-5
3. Big Bad George, Terry Thompson, 112, 12-1;
4. Chindi, Carlos Marquez Jr., 113, 3-1;
5. Honor Me, Rodney Trader, 116, 4-1
6. Sand Ridge, Ken Shino, 113, 6-1