Sunday at the track: RT picks four races at the Fair Grounds and finds a Charming Lady
Racing at Fair Grounds race course in New Orleans. Amanda Hodges Weir/Hodges Photography, Fair Grounds Race Course via Associated Press

Sunday at the track: RT picks four races at the Fair Grounds and finds a Charming Lady

First picked race, the 4th at Fair Grounds, has a post time of 3:27 pm EST

Race 4 - $46K Allowance Optional Claiming $50K/N2L

3yo’s running about 7.5f on turf

#6 Royal Prince (7/5) came from the ten hole last out in the G3 $100K Cecil B DeMille at Del Mar and ran wide the entire trip. Set off as the 9/5 favorite, he ran three wide around the turn and then was pinched between horses in the stretch, denying him momentum to make a bid. In lieu of that, he looked as if he did not have the punch coming around the turn and even without being pinched, he probably would not have won. #5 Laker Mamba (7/2) third in the rankings rider Adam Beschizza is on board this $235K son of Nyquist who passed into the winning ranks last race after taking command and winning by 4.5f in a $85K msw race at Churchill in late October. His only race prior was taken off the turf and whereas he did put in a solid performance, he came up empty and took third. Today, he cuts back in distance, yet the two-turn experience in his last was valuable to todays’. Six consecutively improving works since with the last being a :48.4. He’s a player. #3 Excessive Magic (8/1) Bret Calhoun trainee won at first asking at Evangeline and was dq’d. Moved to Remington, he entered a $29K dirt sprint and chased fast fractions before tiring and getting show money. In his next, and last, he smoked a field of nine from the outside and won going away by six. He has yet to lose on turf, although he has yet to run two turns along with his workouts have been pedestrian. Caveat Emptor. My choice will be #4 Indy Tourist (2/1) who, after his first try in a sprint was abysmal, went to a one-mile msw in Indy and blew the field away by fifteen. He was moved to Kentucky Downs and raced in the $500K More Than Ready Juvenile Stakes he took the five path around the turn then hauled ass up the hill, just missing by ¾ length. In his next, the $200K G2 Bourbon Stakes, he bumped his rival badly to start, then Tyler Gaffalione neared the leaders with him three wide and saw that Mutasaabeq, the colt who the Mucho Mach Man yesterday, pulled so far away that Tyler eventually backed way off him and galloped home easily. In his last, which was at FG on 12/04, he ran in allowance company race that was taken off the turf and did not take to the surface kindly. Racing on dirt and now coming back to turf is the tonic that this promising horse needed because today, he faces somewhat lighter competition, and it wouldn’t surprise me to see Colby Hernandez take him straight to the front and wire the field.

Race 6 - $46K Allowance Optional Claiming $17K/N1X

4yo↑ fillies and mares racing about 5.5f on turf

I like #3 Heaven Escape (8/1) and #7 Sugar And Sass (7/2) who both ran against front runner #8 Listen Up (6/1) here on December 11th. Both were first timers to the going at Fair Grounds and both just crushed their final fraction in the stretch with Sugar And Sass hitting :05.8 and Heaven Escape doing it in :05.86. My preference is with Heaven Escape for two reasons: 1) price and 2) he was bumped at the break and forced to settle in last. He ran five wide on the turn and eight wide in the stretch and still put on the afterburners with that extra mileage.

Race 7 - $52K Allowance Optional Claiming $40K/N2X

4yo↑ fillies and mares going 6f

Going with #5 Charming Lady (9/2) who switches back to James Graham. Graham has led her to two wins and a show, posting better numbers than others. Ghostzapper filly is 2:1-0-1 at FG for $35K.

Race 8 - $46K Allowance Optional Claiming $12K/N1X

4yo↑ Cajun born fillies and mares running one mile

#3 Mi Lia (8/1) is the choice. Just broke her maiden last race and Brian Hernandez back for round two on board and moving up the ranks. She has a helluva lot more upside than the rest.

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