My Baby Baby, Scolara Meet Again in FG's Pago Hop Saturday
NEW ORLEANS, La. (December 4, 2008) - Magdalena Racing et al's My Baby Baby and Haras Santa Maria de Araras' Scolara, second and third respectively in last month's Grade II Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs, face off again in the $60,000 Pago Hop Stakes Saturday at Fair Grounds.
My Baby Baby is the 2-1 morning line choice in the Pago Hop, which attracted a field of nine 3-year-old fillies going one mile on the Stall-Wilson turf course. Scolara is a close early second choice at 5-2.
In their last meeting, My Baby Baby made the pace but was overtaken late by Acoma. My Baby Baby finished a length to the good of Scolara for the place. Six-time Fair Grounds leading rider Robby Albarado, aboard My Baby Baby in the Mrs. Revere, gets the return call from trainer Ken McPeek.
Scolara, conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott, will be ridden by Pat Valenzuela in the Pago Hop. In the Mrs. Revere, when piloted by Kent Dersomeaux, the daughter of Quiet American made a mild bid along the inside but was beaten 2 1/4 lengths at the wire.
Rose of Killarney, who won her last start by four lengths in first level allowance company over the local lawn Nov. 16, and Apple Martini, with a grass win at Arlington last spring against that same kind of competition, are both worthy of consideration in the Pago Hop.
From the rail out with jockeys, the Pago Hop field is comprised of Joyful, Gabriel Saez; Rose of Killarney, Jesse Campbell; Mizzcan'tbewrong, Eddie Martin Jr.; Scolara, Valenzuela; Apple Martini, James Graham; Love to Tell, Francisco Torres; Ballynoe, Shaun Bridgmohan; High Surf, Jesus Castanon; and My Baby Baby, Albarado.
First post on Saturday 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.