Scabbard, Mr. Monomoy Part of Big Saturday at the Fair Grounds
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By Emily Shields for TVG
The first major racecard at the Fair Grounds in Louisiana for 2020 takes place this Saturday, January 18. The 13-race program is highlighted by six stakes, including the $200,000 LeComte Stakes worth 10 Kentucky Derby points to the winner. The race will be live on TVG.
Scabbard is coming off a fourth-place finish in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita last out. He was nearly eight lengths behind winner Storm the Court, but had been dual graded stakes placed before that. He broke his maiden by five lengths at Churchill Downs for trainer Eddie Kenneally. Corey Lanerie will ride the son of More Than Ready, who is 7-2 on the morning line.
Mr. Monomoy breaks from post 2. The Palace Malice colt is a half-brother to Breeders’ Cup Distaff and Kentucky Oaks heroine Monomoy Girl, and like his big sister is trained by Brad Cox. Florent Geroux will ride, as he had in his past two starts. Mr. Monomoy broke his maiden by over five lengths in November, then ran second here by a head as the favorite on December 21.
The horse that defeated him that day, Lynn’s Map, is a Mark Casse-trained son of Liam’s Map. He cost $285,000 and is out of the very good race mare Puxa Saco. He’s won two of his three lifetime starts.
The Silverbulletday Stakes earlier on the card is the first local stepping stone to the Kentucky Oaks. The Steve Asmussen-trained Finite is a 6-5 choice morning line; the daughter of Munnings has won three in a row including a pair of stakes at Churchill Downs. Most recently she won the grade 2 Golden Rod there around 1 1/16 miles. Ricardo Santana, Jr. will ride.
The grade 3 Louisiana Stakes at 1 1/16 miles for older horses has a field of eight. Mexican superstar Kukulkan, who has been racing in the United States for over a year now, returns off a six-length win at Gulfstream Park in December. Fausto Gutierrez trains the son of Point Determined, who is 16 for 20 lifetime and three for five at this distance. His competition include Prince of Wales Stakes winner Tone Broke for Asmussen and jockey Joe Talamo, as well as Blended Citizen. That former Doug O’Neill runner is now in the barn of Cox, who saddled him to win an allowance at Churchill Downs at the end of November. He then missed by a head in the Tenacious Stakes here as the favorite December 21.
The Marie G. Krantz Memorial for fillies on the grass has Quebec breaking from the rail. The Into Mischief daughter, who is three for nine at the 1 1/16-mile distance, is trained by Joe Sharp. On the outside is Josie Carroll’s Avie’s Mineshaft, a Canadian stakes winner who is coming off a third-place effort here in December and gets Julien Leparoux for this.
The action starts with the Duncan F. Kenner Stakes as Race 2. It features the return of Hog Creek Hustle, unraced since finishing sixth behind Mitole and Shancelot in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint (G1) last out.
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