Mountain General Returns in Taylor's Special

Mountain General started this Fair Grounds season in a huge way, winning the Thanksgiving Handicap in a track-record six-furlong time of 1:08.03.

But after two losing efforts since, Mountain General's connections hope for a return to his winning ways on Sunday in the $100,000 Taylor's Special Handicap at the same six-furlong distance.

Mountain General, a 5-year-old son of Mountain Cat, has spaced together four solid works for trainer Steve Asmussen, who will saddle the 119-pound high weight with Corey Lanerie aboard.

Mountain General, who is owned by Keith Asmussen, is part of a six-horse field. There are only five betting interests, thanks to the Glen Warren-coupled tandem of Gracie's Dancer and G.W.'s Deputy.

Gaudin Memorial Handicap winner Kazoo stumbled to a third-place finish behind Cojet and Mountain General in the Colonel Power Handicap last month.

Owned by Gary and Mary West and trained by Dallas Stewart, Kazoo has five wins and more than $200,000 in earnings from 19 starts.

Speed Hunter ships in from Gulfstream Park as the unknown in the field.

Owned by Mansell Stable and trained by Elliott Walden, Speed Hunter seeks his first stakes win in his 11th lifetime start.

Speed Hunter, a 4-year-old son of Alydeed, finished fifth in the Fountain of Youth Stakes last year at Gulfstream.

Louisiana-bred stakes winner Doctor Mike steps out into open company for trainer Troy Young to round out the field.

$100,000 Taylor's Special Handicap, 4 & up, 6 furlongs
PP Horse, Weight, Jockey
1 G. W.'s Deputy (KY), 112, Elvis Perrodin
2 Mountain General (KY), 119, Corey J. Lanerie
3 Gracie's Dancer (MD), 115, Curt C. Bourque
4 Doctor Mike (LA), 114, Gerard Melancon
5 Kazoo (FL), 117, Shane J. Sellers
6 Speed Hunter (KY), 113, Robby Albarado