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Fair Grounds Handicappers Edge notes 1/5/10.

Trainer Steve Margolis spoke Monday morning of his promising sophomores at Fair Grounds -- Sugar Bowl S. winner COOL BULLET (Red Bullet), Sunday allowance winner STAY PUT (Broken Vow) and WHAT'S NEW (Dixie Union), who just broke his maiden at first asking Sunday. "Nothing has been finalized in my mind yet about future plans for any of them," Margolis said, "but right now I'm thinking about holding Stay Put back for the Risen Star (G2) on February 20. We think coming back in three weeks for the Lecomte ([G3] on January 23) might be pushing things a little. We already know he can go two turns. Besides, I already have Cool Bullet pointing to the Lecomte. In fact he was on the track this morning and he went very well. I'll probably work him one more time and put him in the Lecomte to see if he can go turns, and as for What's New, I really haven't decided anything about what might be next for him." Margolis also mentioned his three-year-old filly VISAVIS (Indian Charlie), second by a nose in the Letellier Memorial S. on December 19. "I'll probably point her toward the $75,000 Tiffany Lass next (on January 23) and see how she does in there," Margolis said...

WORLDLY (A.P. Indy), runner-up to Stay Put (Broken Vow) in Sunday's allowance at Fair Grounds and previously third in the Kentucky Jockey Club S. (G2), will probably aim for the Lecomte (G3) on January 23. "Worldly came back really good yesterday," trainer Paul McGee said Monday morning. "I thought he ran a big race. He was a little rank early, but Cisco (jockey Francisco Torres) took him back and settled him down. I was pleased with the way he came running at the end. Right now I'm leaning toward the Lecomte with him." The Lecomte, to be contested at a mile and 40 yards, is the first race on the road to the Louisiana Derby (G2), and is followed by the Risen Star (G2) at 1 1/16 miles on February 20 and finally by the nine-furlong Louisiana Derby on March 27...

On the Louisiana worktab

At Fair Grounds on Monday, Louisiana Derby (G2) victor FRIESAN FIRE (A.P. Indy) breezed six furlongs in a bullet 1:13 on the fast main track. The Steve Asmussen charge wound up third in his recent return from a six-month spell on the sidelines.

Silverbulletday S. (G3) queen WAR ECHO (Tapit), a convincing winner of the Daily Racing Form Distaff S. in her latest, strode five furlongs in 1:03.

Grade 3 hero DENIS OF CORK (Harlan's Holiday) continued working toward his comeback by traveling five panels in 1:01 4/5. The David Carroll colt has not raced since his runner-up effort in the 2008 Belmont S. (G1).

Grade 3 veteran GRAND ADVENTURE (Grand Slam), runner-up in the Bonapaw S., strode in 1:02.

State-bred ace STAR GUITAR (Quiet American), a romping winner of the Louisiana Champions Day Classic, went four panels in :50 3/5.

Grade 2-placed TYBALT (Storm Cat) covered six furlongs in 1:14 4/5. He was last in a Keeneland allowance in his only start last year.

WILD FOREST CAT (D'wildcat), idle since June when she finished a neck second in the Debutante S. (G3), logged five furlongs in 1:04 2/5.

Sugar Bowl S. winner COOL BULLET (Red Bullet) breezed in 1:02 2/5.

Stakes-winning sophomore RED HOT BUDDHA (Buddha) finished in 1:02 1/5.

Loudonville S. victress SIMPLIFY (Pulpit), fourth in the Esplanade S., exercised in :52.

Multiple stakes vixen COY CAT (Giant's Causeway), recent winner of the Holiday Inaugural S., was clocked in :51 2/5.

Mark H. Stanley's QUIET TEMPER (Quiet American) took a stroll around Fair Grounds in Sunday's 4TH race, wiring the field by an effortless 1 1/4 lengths in her sophomore debut. Dispatched as the 2-5 favorite off her 7 3/4-length triumph in the Delta Princess S. (G3), the Dale Romans pupil turned in virtually a paid workout in the allowance/optional claimer for sophomore fillies. Robby Albarado guided her through an easy tempo and never asked her for a serious effort as she galloped under wraps in the stretch. Quiet Temper cruised home in a final time of 1:40 4/5 for the mile and 40 yards on a fast track, chased vainly by the game runner-up Bella Medaglia (Medaglia d'Oro). The bay filly improved her record to 5-2-3-0 while increasing her bankroll to $355,800..

Later at Fair Grounds, Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein's STAY PUT (Broken Vow) rallied from dead last in a 10-horse field to capture the 10TH race, the companion allowance/optional claimer for open three-year-olds. Trained by Steve Margolis and ridden by Jamie Theriot, the recent Fair Grounds maiden winner rolled to a one-length victory over 2-1 favorite Worldly (A.P. Indy). Stay Put, a 7-1 chance, negotiated the mile and 40 yards in 1:40 3/5 to advance his line to 4-2-0-2, $59,600. Worldly was accorded favoritism in the wake of his third-place effort in the Kentucky Jockey Club S. (G2)...

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