Gran Estreno, a former claimer who registered his first graded stakes victory at Arlington Park last summer to cap a six-race winning streak, returns to his favorite track for the $100,000 Hanshin Cup Stakes (gr. III) May 29.
- Bay Colt
- Born 2004
Fox Hill Farms' Honest Man, winner of the grade III Mineshaft Handicap in his last start, is the 121-pound highweight and 3-1 morning-line favorite for the $500,000, grade II New Orleans Handicap, which is contested at 1 1/8 miles on the dirt as part of the March 14 Louisiana Derby card at Fair Grounds.
Fox Hill Farms' Honest Man stayed close to a slow pace, passed My Pal Charlie in upper stretch, and easily pulled away for a 4 1/4-length score in the $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III), the first of four graded stakes at Fair Grounds Feb. 7.
A collection of familiar faces to Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots will line up Feb. 7 in the Mineshaft Handicap (gr. III), which is part of the six-stakes "Louisiana Derby Preview Day" card scheduled for the New Orleans-area track.
|Trainer||Louie J. Roussel, III|
|Owner||Louie J. Roussel III|
|Breeder||Needham/Betz Thoroughbreds, Blackburn, Lamantia & Halecky|
|Brothers Nicholas View Five-Cross Pedigree||Smart Strike||Mr. Prospector|
|Classy 'n Smart|
|Sale / Hip||Type||Buyer||Consignor||Price|
|Yearling||Needham-Betz Thoroughbreds, agent||($47,000)|
Prices in parentheses indicate a horse did not sell because it did not meet its reserve price.
|Mind Your Biscuits|
|Highland Reel (IRE)|
|Vale Dori (ARG)|