ide-Open Field Set for Grade 2 Fair Grounds Cap
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Thu 26/03/2015 - 16:04 EDT
The $400,000 Grade 2 New Orleans Handicap March 28 at Fair Grounds features an interesting cast of veteran horses set to contest the mile and an eighth tilt on the main track.
Moreno (9/5) leads the field of nine after running huge off the layoff to finish second behind superstar Shared Belief in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap March 7. The race was the five year-old son of Ghostzapper’s first start since a dismal effort in the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic November 1. Moreno has just 3 wins in 24 career starts, but has proven capable against elite competition winning the Grade 1 Whitney at Saratoga in August, and finishing second in the Grade 1 Woodward four weeks later. The front-running Eric Guillot trainee has career earnings of $2,034,940, and will be ridden by Joe Talamo.
Red Rifle should lay close
Florent Geroux is reunited with Hawthorne Gold Cup winner Red Rifle (5/1), and the pair is likely to take advantage of an inside post position to keep close tabs on Moreno through the early stages. Red Rifle returned from winning the November 29 Gold Cup to finish third in the Grade 3 Mineshaft Handicap February 21 at Fair Grounds. Trainer Todd Pletcher connects at a stellar 26% clip with runners making their second starts following layoffs of 45-180 days.
One King’s Man live if he goes
One King’s Man (8/1) is cross-entered in the Star Guitar Stakes (Race 7), but will be a major player if his connections choose to run in the New Orleans Handicap. A two-surface star, One King’s Man has been ultra sharp defeating lesser foes on dirt in his last two starts. The Joe Sharp trainee has the speed figures to be competitive and seems well-suited to close into a lively pace.
Players trying to look beyond prohibitive favorite Tepin in the September 17 Woodbine Mile will surely have their work cut out for them as the superstar mare tackles seven rivals on the grass.
The second leg of the Canadian Triple Crown goes Tuesday night from Fort Erie race track, where Sir Dudley Digges will try to take another step toward Canadian racing history.
On Sunday, Woodbine will host the $1 million Queen’s Plate Stakes, Canada’s most prestigious race. Restricted to horses foaled in Canada, the classic mile and a quarter contest has drawn a field of thirteen three-year-olds.
A spectacular card of graded stakes action has been assembled for Saturday at Belmont Park and the $1 million Ogden Phipps is shaping up to be one of the most competitive races of the day. The Grade 1 event for fillies and mares will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth.