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Stakes Advance: Mardi Gras Stakes


Richard and Bertram Klein’s Good Deed, who came off a six-month layoff to run second in the $75,000 Pan Zareta Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on Jan. 4, should be well-regarded in the wagering but faces strong competition when she tries for repeat victory against 13 other older fillies and mares in Tuesday’s $60,000 Mardi Gras Stakes at about 5 ½ furlongs over the Stall-Wilson turf course at the New Orleans oval.

The March 4 Mardi Gras holiday program serves as one of only two Tuesday racing programs during Fair Grounds’ 84-day 2013-2014 season.

Trained by Steve Margolis, Good Deed is a 5-year-old daughter of Broken Vow who also won Fair Grounds’ Letellier Stakes as a juvenile and Churchill’s Grade III Eight Belles Stakes as a sophomore.  She will be ridden by once again by Shaun Bridgmohan who has been aboard for her last three wins.

Dream Walkin’ Farms’ Seeking Ms Shelley, who bested Good Deed in the Pan Zareta, may be the one beat once although she picks up four pounds from their last meeting.  She has, however, won her last four races under the guidance of conditioner Joe Duhon.  Roman Chapa returns in the irons.

Brereton Jones’s Same Cross, closely related to 2008 Fair Grounds Oaks and Kentucky Oaks winner Proud Spell, was second by a nose in Fair Grounds’ $60,000 Happy Ticket Feb. 1 and is an always dangerous Larry Jones trainee who won back-to-back races here last season.  Kerwin Clark will be aboard.

Starship Duchess, owned and trained by Louie Roussel III, is coming off of two straight turf tallies over less than firm going and merits some consideration with jockey James Graham up.

Martin Racing et al.’s Cozze Up Lady, a winner of her last two including Arlington’s Grade III Chicago Handicap in her last start Jun. 29, has Rosie Napravnik in the saddle, is trained by Bret Calhoun and merits some consideration despite her long layoff.

Completing the Mardi Gras field is William Hefner’s Saturday nthe Park, Robby Albarado; AJ Suited Racing Stable’s Mosaicist, Florent Geroux; Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider’s Ire, Miguel Mena; Gainesway Stable et al.’s Los Ojitos, Marcelino Pedroza; Steven Petit’s Ms Hoochie Coochie, Leandro Goncalves; Dallas May’s Feisty Flirt, Chris Landeros; Katierich Stables’ Fantasy of Flight, Richard Eramia; J. J. K. Thoroughbreds’ Point to the Wild, Brian Hernandez Jr; and William Heffner’s Malibu Holiday, Mark Guidry.