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Lots of Star Power on Fair Grounds’ Closing-Day Undercard


Fair Grounds Race Course’s 2105 closing-day program on Saturday will also feature two other official stakes.

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BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI

NEW ORLEANS, LA—AUGUST 31, 2015—Fair Grounds Racecourse’s closing-day program on Saturday is topped by the $303,777 LQHBA Sale Futurity (RG1) (see related story), but the track’s card will also feature two other official stakes.

Fauborg St. Johns Stakes
A full field of eight distance specialists has been entered in the 870-yard, $30,000 Fauborg St. Johns Stakes. Streak Of Music, a $10,000 claim by owner Kevin Nobles at Delta Downs back in June, will be ridden by Donell Blake from the rail post.

A 4-year-old Miracle Streak gelding trained by Ray Robbins, Streak Of Music made his debut for his new connections with a come-from-behind, three-quarter length victory at odds of 17-1 in an 870-yard open-condition allowance for Louisiana-breds at Fair Grounds on August 20.

Streak Of Music’s seven opponents in the Fauborg St. Johns Stakes include Frank J. Greenhaw’s Droppin Timber, a 5-year-old First Timber gelding trained by Orrin Cogburn. Droppin Timber has won five of his 14 starts at the 870-yard distance, and his record at the trip includes a third-place finish in the April 2, $50,000 Pauls Valley Handicap (G3) at Remington Park. Droppin Timber drew post 3 and will be ridden by John Hamilton.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments--

  1. Streak Of Music (Donell Blake)
  2. Downtown Forrest (Gilbert Ortiz)
  3. Droppin Timber (John Hamilton)
  4. McM Zuper Man (Donald Watson)
  5. Keepn It Kool (Alfonso Lujan)
  6. Cosino Winner (Camilo Castillo)
  7. Heza Fast Corridor (Juan D. Marquez)
  8. First Corona Prize (Antonio Alberto).

LQHBA Sale Invitational Stakes
Also on Saturday, a full field of 10 2-year-olds has been entered back in the 350-yard, $33,753 LQHBA Sale Invitational Stakes (R), which is restricted to horses who started in the August 15 LQHBA Sale Futurity trials at Fair Grounds.

Guerras Racing Stable’s Streakin Bye U, a two-time graded futurity finalist during the Delta Downs summer meet, drew post 10 and will be ridden by Alfonso Lujan for trainer Octavio Saenz Jr. The gelded son of Heza Fast Dash has won three of seven outs and has banked $71,419.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments--

  1. LD Jumpn And Dashing (Jorge Linares)
  2. Mia Gouti (Juan F. Garcia Jr.)
  3. Thisgameisunreal (Saul Ramirez Jr.)
  4. Game On Vince (Gilbert Ortiz)
  5. Stolin Obsession (David Alvarez)
  6. Special Coors Cartel (Raul Ramirez Jr.)
  7. Patriotgalabouttown (Armando Ramirez)
  8. Seemenowcatchmelater (Randy Edison)
  9. Jumpn So Fast (Patrick Watson)
  10. Streakin Bye U (Alfonso Lujan).


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