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Stakes Advance: Pan Zareta Stakes

Good Deed Top Choice in FG's Pan Zareta Saturday

Bertram and Richard Klein’s Good Deed, winner of the $75,000 Mardi Gras Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots last spring on the main track, heads an overflow field of 14 older fillies and mares named to Saturday’s $75,000 Pan Zareta Stakes, the local oval’s first stakes race of 2014 slated at about 5 ½-furlongs over the Stall-Wilson turf course.

Although Good Deed won last season’s Mardi Gras and $60,000 Letellier here on the main track, the talented Steve Margolis trainee has won her last two starts over Louisville’s lawn at Churchill Downs and might be equally proficient on grass and dirt.  Shaun Bridgmohan, jockey champion at Fair Grounds for the 2009-2010 meeting, gets the mount on Good Deed in the Pan Zareta.

Capable of providing strong competition for Good Deed in the Pan Zareta is Dream Walkin’ Farms’ Seeking Ms Shelley, winner of her last three starts and a veteran of the last two Pan Zaretas.  In her last trip to the post at Remington, the Oklahoma homebred won by almost seven lengths in state-bred allowance ranks on the main track but before that proved best by a length in open company over the grass at that same oval.  Roman Chapa, aboard for those two most recent wins, will be in the irons once again.  Joe Duhon is the trainer.

Barnett Stable’s Boss Barney’s Babe, heroine of Delta’s $75,000 Orleans Stakes at seven furlongs on the main track in her last start Nov. 28 and a six-furlong dirt sprint at Churchill before that could prove dangerous in the Pan Zareta.  Bret Calhoun trains the daughter of Street Boss who registered the first two wins of her career at Fair Grounds last season.  Cliff Berry is the jockey.

Should the Pan Zareta come off the grass and be run on the main track, Brereton Jones’s Same Cross looms very dangerous.  Trained by Larry Jones, Same Cross won impressively in allowance and $62,500 optional claiming company in her last start at Fair Grounds Nov. 29 on dirt but was out of the money in her lone turf start to date.  Three-time defending jockey champion Rosie Napravnik is named in the saddle.

Completing the Pan Zareta field: Mosaicist, Miguel Mena; Polar Plunge, Florent Geroux; La Song, C.J. McMahon; Swift Artist, Richard Eramia; Brown Eyes Blue, James Graham; Storms Promise, Chris Landeros; Mama’s Dia, Tracy Hebert; Leinan, Leandro Goncalves; Bounding Bi, Robby Albarado; andHurricane Girl, Mark Guidry.