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Forest Uproar, Avie's Tale Vie in Saturday's Marie G. Krantz Memorial 'Cap
Sam-Son Farms’ Forest Uproar, a facile winner at Fair Grounds in her only local start this season, has been installed as the solid 9-5 choice based on that effort in Saturday’s Fair Grounds feature, the 15th renewal of the $60,000 Marie Krantz Memorial Handicap for older fillies and mares over the Stall-Wilson turf course.
Past heroines of the Marie Krantz Memorial include the legendary Louisiana-bred Hallowed Dreams, owned by Johnny Gaspard and Lloyd Romero, who won the about 1 1/16-mile grass test 10 years ago when it was run as the Victoria Lass Stakes. The race was renamed in 2004 in honor of the late former chairman of the board of the Fair Grounds Corporation.
In Forest Uproar’s local bow this season on Dec. 18, the daughter of Forest Wildcat out of a Smart Strike mare raced wide throughout, rallied boldly to take command at the eighth pole and drew off for a 2 1/2-length score. Before that she captured a first level allowance race at Keeneland on Oct. 22 by 5 1/2-lengths. Jockey James Graham, aboard last time, returns in the irons on the Mark Frostad trainee who is assigned 117 pounds.
Shouldering the top impost of 118 pounds in the Krantz Memorial is Ivan Dalos’s Avie’s Tale, the second choice at 7-2 in the morning line, who captured Fair Grounds’ $58,000 Blushing K. D. Handicap by 3 1/4-lengths on New Year’s Day. That race was scheduled for the grass but taken off and run over the sloppy main track. Previously, the daughter of Tale of the Cat finished fourth in Woodbine’s $101,000 River Memorial at Woodbine on Oct. 30 over a Canadian lawn rated yielding that day. Jockey Rosie Napravnik will be astride the Josie Carroll-conditioned highweight.
Completing the Krantz Memorial, with jockeys and weights assigned, is Last Call Racing Partnership’s Mizzcan’tbewrong, Jesse Campbell (117); Cody Autrey’s In the Slips, Brian Hernandez Jr. (115); Naveed Chowhan’s Caminadora, Kerwin Clark (115); John Wieczorek’s Instant Style, Corey Lanerie (116); Lothenbach Stables’ Single Solution, Jamie Theriot (117); and Naveed Chowhan’s Ice Mist, Richard Eramia (114). Caminadora and Ice Mist are coupled in the wagering.