Starlight Racing Hunch Plays for Friday: Boozy, Smarty Party Girl, Pick and Pray
With a warmer weather forecast finally on tap in time for Friday evening in New Orleans, tourists in the Crescent City as well as local residents will get the chance to enjoy other things on tap by attending Fair Grounds’ first Starlight Racing program of the 2009-2010 Thoroughbred Racing Season Presented by Miller Lite.
The first of nine races slated for Starlight Racing this Friday gets underway at 5 p.m. as the nation’s third-oldest race course aims to attract young professionals “dressed for success and to see and be seen” to Fair Grounds while getting perhaps their initial exposure to what is traditionally known as the “Sport of Kings.”
Packaged to meld the Thoroughbred racing experience with all the social possibilities of a night on the town, Starlight Racing at Fair Grounds will offer added incentives including a high-energy club atmosphere in the heated Miller Lite Beer Garden chalet and patio with track views along the rail. Also to be introduced – a more sophisticated vibe in the Clubhouse with semi-private cabana-style lounge seating and live music.
The Miller Lite Beer Garden chalet and patio will incorporate the world-renowned charbroiled oysters from Drago’s as well as delectable specialty fare of Messina’s.
In addition to Miller Lite, premium Martinis and Cosmopolitans will be available as thirst quenchers, and might attract hunch-players to a maiden filly named Boozy in the first race, while the designated drivers in the crowd might prefer Red Sprite in the opener. Another filly in the first race named Pollyprissypants might warm up in time, especially if coupled with Boozy.
Hi On the Mountain might be the hunch play in the second race for the more advanced party goers, and might prove even more profitable if combined with Boozy in the Daily Double. By the third race, it might be time for the more inexperienced party goers to think about a horse named Midnight Curfew, and by the fifth race hunch players might want to try Pick and Pray.
Of course, the entire evening will be enhanced by The Wise Guys – one of the city’s most popular party bands.
Smarty Party Girl would be the hunch bet to continue Starlight Racing’s festive atmosphere in the seventh race, but be warned that in the ninth and final race of the evening, that might lead to time for a final hunch bet on Princess’s New Man.
Two Additional Notes for Fair Grounds’ Family Valued Fans
While Friday’s Starlight Racing program is designed to attract those not necessarily familiar with Thoroughbred racing as a sport, it should be remembered that the sport has been around for centuries.
Fun as well as family values have always been prominent among its crowds, as evidenced by last Saturday’s third race, when stables named Just Having Fun and Sweet Dreams were both represented.
Sweet Dreams Stable ran a horse with the intriguing name of Pink Sox, trained by Sweet Hodges and owned by John Dorian. How did that name come about – when a White Sox fan and a Red Sox fan mixed up their laundry?
“No,” said Dorian. “My granddaughter’s name is Molly Dorian. Her favorite color is pink, and I’m a baseball fan.”
Trainer Hodges added his own color commentary. “The groom was supposed to wrap her in pink front bandages today,” said Hodges, “but he forgot.”
Also in the paddock for that race was a horse named Longs to Please, owned by the Just Having Fun Stable of best friends Edgar Feinberg II and Jim McGehee Jr., and trained by Bryon Gilbert.
“I’m just here today bringing my two nieces Stacy, 18, and Shelley, 15, to the races to watch our horse run,” said McGehee, brother of Fair Grounds-based jockey agent Britt McGehee, who handles the engagements of jockey James Graham. “What we’re doing today is the same as always – just having fun.”
HRTV’s Eclipse Award Runner-Up Feature Concerning Fair Grounds & Katrina Rebroadcast Jan.17
Fair Grounds’ faithful fans are reminded that HRTV will air an Encore Presentation of “Inside Information: Nowhere to Run” this coming Sunday at 7 p.m. Central Standard Time.
The television feature details exactly what happened at Fair Grounds during Hurricane Katrina and how the nation’s third-oldest Thoroughbred racecourse recovered from that disaster to run again. HRTV was recently named runner-up for an Eclipse Award for that production.