Another grass stakes race, another full field. Friday's 30th running of the $75,000 Furl Sail Handicap drew an overflow field of 14 starters for the about one-mile race on the Stall-Wilson turf course. Like its predecessors the Pago Hop Stakes and the Woodchopper Handicap earlier this season, the Furl Sail had three exclusions due to the 14-horse entry limit. Good Game, a graded stakes winner from the Neil Howard barn, will carry 118 pounds as the field's highweight. The 4-year-old grey filly has spent the majority of her 18-race career on the Kentucky circuit for owners Will Farish and E.J. Hudson Jr. Four of her six lifetime wins have come on the grass, but starting from the 13-post in the field will be a new challenge for her and jockey Calvin Borel. While Good Game will be making her first start at Fair Grounds, a couple of turf veterans in New Orleans will be looking for top honors as well. Sarah Lane's Oates, the classy Louisiana-bred race mare, would inch closer to the $1 million earnings mark with a win in the Furl Sail.
Owned by Glen Warren and trained by Andrew Leggio, Sarah Lane's Oates gets the riding services of Lonnie Meche. Last year's Furl Sail runner-up Euryanthe drew the rail position under Donnie Meche. Trained by leading conditioner Steve Asmussen, Euryanthe finished second on the turf in allowance company on opening day at Fair Grounds. The rest of the Furl Sail field includes (with jockeys) Zamba Canuta (Willie Martinez), Mimi's Tizzy (Kirk LeBlanc), Binalegend (Marlon St. Julien), Silent Emotion (Jon Court), Lady Of Peace (David Guillory), Tabianka (Ronald Ardoin), Saffron Dancer (Frank Lovato Jr.), Silver Rail (Eddie Martin Jr.), Alpine At Clark (Corey Lanerie), Sabathani (Robby Albarado), and Naturally Wild (Larry Melancon).