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Tuesday Notes: Seaneen Girl Ready for Silverbulletday
By Graham Ross, Staff Writer
NEW ORLEANS (Tuesday, January 15, 2013) – Naveed Chowhan’s Seaneen Girl, heroine of the Grade II Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs in her last start Nov. 24, is all set for her return to action in Saturday’s $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes on Road to the Derby Kickoff Day Presented by Hotel Monteleone at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
The Silverbulletday serves as the first leg of the Crescent City oval’s three-race sophomore filly series that leads to the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks on LouisianaDerby Day, March 30.
Since the Golden Rod, Seaneen Girl’s trainer Bernie Flint has steadfastly maintained that his chestnut filly would make only two starts in New Orleans before heading back to the Twin Spires oval for the Grade I Kentucky Oaks.
“I only need two races for her down here before we go back to Louisville,” Flint said Tuesday morning during training hours. “The track has been really good since we got here so she has come around really quickly. I didn’t breeze her again this morning because it wasn’t quite as good as it has been, but we galloped her a mile last week (Jan. 8) and they gave her a bullet (48.20) for the half. How much better can you get?”
Should Seaneen Girl win this year’s Fair Grounds Oaks, she would be in a position to become the second straight Fair Grounds Oaks winner to parlay that score to another in the Kentucky Oaks May 3.
Brereton Jones’s Believe You Can accomplished that prestigious “Oaks Double” last season, notably after first winning last year’s Silverbulletday, and it is also worthy of note that five of the last eight Fair Grounds Oaks winners have gone on to win the Kentucky Oaks on the day before the Kentucky Derby.
2011 FAIR GROUNDS OAKS WINNER DAISY DEVINE ALSO SET FOR SATURDAY — James Miller’s Daisy Devine, winner of the 2011 Fair Grounds Oaks, is expected to head the field in the $75,000 Marie Krantz Memorial Handicap during Saturday’s Road to the Derby Kickoff Day Presented by Hotel Monteleone at Fair Grounds.
Daisy Devine, who won Fair Grounds’ $75,000 Blushing K.D. Handicap Dec. 22, breezed five furlongs Sunday in 1:02.20 in preparation for the Marie Krantz Memorial, one of five stakes slated for this weekend’s gala program.
Headed by the Grade III Lecomte Stakes as the first leg of a three-race series that concludes with the $1 million Louisiana Derby March 30, Saturday’s stakes also include the Grade III Col. E.R. Bradley Handicap over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course in advance of the Grade II Mervin Muniz Memorial on March 30, the $100,000 Louisiana Handicap in advance of the Grade II New Orleans Handicap on that last Saturday of Fair Grounds’ 2012-2013 season, as well as this Saturday’s $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes as the first prep for the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks on Louisiana Derby Day.
SILVERBULLETDAY STAKES ATTRACTING SIMMS’ BROTHERHOOD SINGER — Trainer Garry Simms has come to New Orleans this winter with a quartet of runners possible for either the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks or the Grade II Louisiana Derby, but of those only Travis Morgeson V’s Brotherhood Singer is scheduled for Saturday’s Road to the Derby Kickoff Day Presented by Hotel Monteleone.
Brotherhood Singer, who finished third in Fair Grounds’ $60,000 Letellier Memorial Dec. 22, will be Simms’ candidate for Saturday’s $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes as the first local prep for the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks on LouisianaDerby Day, March 30.
FLASHY CAMPAIGN GETS TUESDAY BREEZE FOR SILVERBULLETDAY STAKES — Jerry Namy’s Flashy Campaign, who broke her maiden at first asking at Fair Grounds on Nov. 25, breezed five furlongs Tuesday morning over a track rated “good” in 1:03 flat in advance of Saturday’s $125,000 Silverbulletday Stakes. The Tom Amoss trainee suffered from a troubled trip when the runner-up in her second career appearance on Dec. 28.
Also in advance of Saturday’s program, Raut LLC’s Macho Bull went five-eighths in 1:06 flat Tuesday in probable preparation for Saturday’s $100,000 Louisiana Handicap.