Rolling Sea, Unforgotten Vie in Chou Croute Handicap
NEW ORLEANS, La. (February 12, 2009) - Millennium Farms' Rolling Sea and Robert Adams' Unforgotten, a head apart when first and second respectively in Delta's $100,000 Treasure Chest Stakes Dec. 5, are set for a rematch in the $60,000 Chou Croute Handicap for older fillies and mares Saturday at Fair Grounds.
The 1 1/16-mile Valentine's Day highlight has attracted a half-dozen members of the distaff set, with Rolling Sea pegged at 9-5 in the morning line while Unforgotten is tabbed at 2-1.
Since their western Louisiana encounter at one mile, Rolling Sea journeyed east across the state to easily capture the $60,000 Truly Bound Handicap by 5 1/2 lengths Jan. 17 at Fair Grounds, while Unforgotten went West to finish third, beaten less than three lengths, in the $500,000 Sunshine Millions Distaff Jan. 24 at Santa Anita.
Rolling Sea, conditioned by Eclipse Award-winning trainer Steve Asmussen, will be ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan and shoulder the top impost of 121 pounds, while Unforgotten, trained by Dallas Stewart, has the riding services of 2007-08 Fair Grounds leading rider Jamie Theriot and carries 120 pounds.
Completing the Chou Croute field is Smart Surprise, Robby Albarado aboard; Symphony of Psalm, Carlos Gonzalez up; Final Refrain, Jesse Campbell in the irons; and She's Indy Money with Miguel Mena astride.
First post for Saturday's 10-race program 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.