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Aide Slight Choice in Saturday's Silverbulletday
Adele Dilschneider’s Aide, who finished fourth in the prestigious Grade II Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs in her last start Nov. 27, has been made the lukewarm 3-1 choice in Saturday’s $100,000 Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds – first leg of the New Orleans oval’s three-race series for sophomore fillies that concludes with the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks March 26.
The Silverbulletday is one of six stakes Saturday at Fair Grounds during the local oval’s expanded 13-race Road to the Derby Kickoff Day program Presented by Hotel Monteleone. The gala afternoon is headed by the Grade III Lecomte Stakes for 3-year-olds who might be preparing for the $1 million Grade II Louisiana Derby March 26, but Saturday’s races also include the Grade III Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap for older horses on the Stall-Wilson turf course, the $60,000 Louisiana Handicap for older horses on the main track, the $60,000 F. W. Gaudin Memorial Stakes for older sprinters and the $60,000 Dr. A. B. Leggio Memorial for older filly and mare sprinters on the grass.
Slated to follow the Silverbulletday in the sophomore filly series is the Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes on Feb. 19 prior to the $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks on the penultimate day of the New Orleans 2010-2011 Thoroughbred racing season.
Aide, who broke her maiden in Sept. 18 at Turfway Park, won her next start at Churchill Oct. 31 by 19 3/4-lengths. The daughter of Arch is trained by Al Stall Jr. Eclipse Award-winning jockey Garrett Gomez will fly in for the mount astride Aide.
Capable of providing strong competition for Aide in the Silverbulletday and 7-2 second choice in the early line is Right Time Racing’s Bouquet Booth. That daughter of Flower Alley won the Grade III Delta Princess at Delta Downs in her last start Nov. 20. Steve Margolis trains and Shaun Bridgmohan will ride.
Gold Square Stable’s Little Miss Holly is third choice at 4-1 in the Silverbulletday morning line after breaking her maiden by six lengths in her last start Dec. 9 here. Rosie Napravnik will ride the Margolis trainee.
Completing the Silverbulletday field in order of morning line odds is Slapshot Racing’s Seans Silverdancer, winner of Hawthorne’s $103,000 Debutante Stakes, at 5-1; James Miller’s Daisy Devine, a winner of her last two starts, at 6-1; Stone Farm’s Ambient, a winner of her last on the grass here, at 8-1; Courtlandt Farm’s Chloe Kate, a winner of her last on the main track here, at 12-1; and Phillip Maas’s Wahoo Babe, who broke her maiden at last asking and is also 12-1.