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Louisiana-bred Sophomores Featured Saturday at FG
NEW ORLEANS, La. (February 24, 2009) - The 25th edition of the $60,000 Gentilly Stakes for 3-year-old Louisiana-breds and the seventh running of the $60,000 Sarah Lane's Oates Stakes for state-bred sophomore fillies share top billing on Saturday's 10-race program at Fair Grounds.
The Merrill Scherer-trained entry of Silent Pipe, an easy winner of his last start Feb. 9, and Shockin Blow, runner-up by a head in his last trip to the post Feb. 7, has been installed as the slight 3-1 choice in the Gentilly, to be run at about 1 1/16-miles over the Stall-Wilson turf course. Brian Hernandez Jr. is named aboard both halves of the entry.
Opposing the Scherer coupling in the Gentilly are Milwaukee Miracle, Donnie Meche; Break Up, Robby Albarado; Lee City Slew, John Jacinto; Rew's Blues, Corey Lanerie; Smoothcideup, Jamie Theriot; Hear No Angel, Shaun Bridgmohan; and Dabbers Chief, James Graham.
In the Sarah Lane's Oates, Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve Asmussen' filly Lightlightlight, owned by Heiligbrodt Racing Stable and coming off a runner-up finish in the Premier Star Stakes Feb. 7 at Delta Downs, is the 2-1 morning line choice in the field of 10. Shaun Bridgmohan gets the call.
Facing Lightlightlight in the Sarah Lane's Oates are Hazel Grove, Robby Albarado; Jetabug, Brian Hernandez Jr.; Key Lee, Jesse Campbell; Tiz Hoo, Pat Valenzuela; Tensas Palmyra, Jamie Theriot; Wanna Cuddle, Corey Lanerie; Sunday in the Bay, James Graham; Royal Twine, Donnie Meche; and Seven Seventythree, John Jacinto. Hazel Grove and Jetabug are coupled.
First post on Saturday, the midpoint of a short three-day week at Fair Grounds, is 12:30 p.m. CST.
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the nation's third-oldest Thoroughbred racing facility, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, Fair Grounds is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN); it also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and nine off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. Fair Grounds' 137th Thoroughbred season will run from Nov. 14, 2008, through March 29, 2009, and its inaugural Quarter Horse meet was conducted from Aug. 20-24, 2008. Information about Fair Grounds can be found on the Internet at www.fairgroundsracecourse.com.