Starlite Starbrite Choice in Saturday's Pan Zareta
By Graham Ross, Staff Writer
NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, January 10, 2013) – Andrena Van Doren’s Starlite Starbrite, front-running heroine of Minnesota’s $50,000 Hoist Her Flag Stakes at Canterbury Park last summer, has been installed as the lukewarm 7-2 morning-line favorite in Saturday’s featured $75,000 Pan Zareta Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. The filly and mare grass dash will be run at about five and a half furlongs over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course and has attracted a field of 12 grass-favoring members of the distaff division.
In her most recent trip to the post, the 6-year-old Starlite Starbrite disappointed when sixth in Churchill’s $67,000 Dream Supreme Stakes on the Louisville oval’s main track Nov. 24 but before that she finished third in Delaware’s $100,000 Endine Stakes Oct. 13.
In the lone prior turf appearance of her career, the homebred mare made the pace in Fair Grounds’ $59,000 Bienville Stakes over the local lawn in March of 2011 before weakening to fourth in the final furlong. Jockey Leandro Goncalves will be in the irons aboard the Tom Amoss trainee.
Frank Ready’s Palazzo Babe has been pegged as the 4-1 second choice in the early line for the Pan Zareta. The 6-year-old daughter of Rahy has posted a perfect two-for-two record at the current meeting over the Fair Grounds turf while racing in optional $62,000 claiming company at the Pan Zareta’s same sprint distance. Trained by Michelle Lovell, Palazzo Babe will be ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, who was aboard for her most recent tally Dec. 19.
Completing the Pan Zareta field on Saturday’s 13-race Thoroughbred program is David Ross Racing’s Classy Zip (6-1), Quarter Pole Club III’s My My My Maria (8-1), Agave Racing Stable’s Monono (8-1), Ron Greene’s Snow Kissed (8-1), Naveed Chowhan’s Flashy Lassie (12-1), Virginia Lazenby’s Vera Belle (15-1), Jerry Jamgotchian’s Moonlit Malibu (12-1), JBL Thorougbreds’ Dijarvo (12-1), Dream Walkin Farms’ Seeking Ms Shelley (15-1) and Mueller Thoroughbreds’ Elusive One (15-1).
The fun-filled afternoon of entertainment will feature zebra, ostrich racing and mascot racing and have a special late post-time of 2 p.m. The mascot and exotic animal racing is set for the evening hours, after 6 p.m.