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One More for Uno Mas in FG's Thursday Feature
NEW ORLEANS, La. (December 18, 2008) - Bob Zollars and Mark Wagner's Uno Mas proved clearly best for the second straight time in winning a first-level allowance for 2-year-olds Thursday at Fair Grounds.
Uno Mas, with Shaun Bridgmohan up for record-setting trainer Steve Asmussen, drew off for a 2 1/4-length tally over the Larry Jones-trained Friesan Fire.
Uno Mas was somewhat overlooked in the pre-race buzz for Thursday's race, which had been billed as a matchup of highly touted juveniles Friesan Fire and Indygo Mountain.
Indygo Mountain was scratched one minute prior to the scheduled post time when deemed "off" in the left hind, trainer Bret Calhoun said.
Uno Mas, who broke his maiden here by 4 1/4 lengths Nov. 15, caught the odds-on Friesan Fire in mid-stretch before increasing the margin the rest of the way. The winner paid $10, $3 and $2.20, covered the one-mile distance in 1:37.90 and increased his career earnings to $62,800 with his second win in five starts.
"He won beautifully opening weekend and looked great doing it," said Asmussen. "We thought he deserved a shot against these. Obviously, now we'll try to get him to the ($100,000 Grade III) Lecomte (Jan. 10 at Fair Grounds) from here."
Freisan Fire returned $2.10 and $2.10 for second, while Escalon paid $2.10 to show. Pacesetting Code of Honour, who recorded early splits of :23.15 and :46.10 tired to finish last in the five-horse field.
Racing resumes Friday at Fair Grounds with an 11-race program beginning at 12:30 p.m.
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.