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'Mambo' to Dance in Tenacious Handicap Saturday
NEW ORLEANS, La. (November 27, 2008) - William Farish and Mrs. W. S. Kilroy's Mambo in Seattle, who missed by the slimmest of noses in the Grade I Travers Stakes, is the showcase star and 2-1 morning-line choice for the Saturday's 44th running of the $60,000 Tenacious Handicap at Fair Grounds.
The Neil Howard trainee must shoulder the top impost of 120 pounds in the Tenacious, to be contested at 1 1/16 miles over the Crescent City oval with jockey Corey Lanerie making up most of that assignment.
Following his dynamic performance at Saratoga in August, Mambo in Seattle lacked running room and finished fourth in Belmont's Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup Sept. 27 and was a wide-running seventh in Keeneland's Grade III Fayette Handicap Oct. 25.
Capable of providing strong competition for Mambo in Seattle, and second choice at 4-1 in the Tenacious morning line, is Sand and Cee Stables' Secret Getaway, also the victim of a wide trip in the Fayette but a length and a quarter in front of Mambo in Seattle when finishing fifth that day. Before that, the entire son of Skip Away was beaten only a neck when second in Woodbine's $100,000 Ontario Derby Sept. 28. Jockey James Graham gets the riding assignment and will make up most of the 116 pounds assigned.
Stones River, from the barn of Larry Jones, won Delaware Park's $75,000 Nick Shuk Memorial by four and a half lengths last August and cannot be discounted.
From the rail out, including weights and jockeys, the Tenacious field consists of Real Dandy, 115, Brian Hernandez Jr.; Stonehouse, 114, Perry Compton; Mambo in Seattle, 120, Lanerie; Rector, 113, Jesse Campbell; Coragil Cat, 116, John Jacinto; Stones River 115, Gabriel Saez; Good and Lucky, 114, Pat Valenzuela; Tend, 114, Ramsey Zimmerman; and Secret Getaway, 116, Graham. Rector and Coragil Cat are coupled in the wagering.
First post on Saturday is 12:15 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.