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Wed 09/03/2016 – 14:23 EST
On Saturday at Fair Grounds, the featured race is the $60,000 Red Camelia Stakes. Restricted to Louisiana-bred fillies and mares, the race will be contested at one mile on the turf and has drawn a field of eight.
Safari Calamari tops the field as the morning line favorite at odds of 3-1 for trainer Ron Faucheux. A four-year-old daughter of Half Ours, she is a homebred for Brittlyn Stables and has won five of her nine starts. She will be trying to breakthrough and earn the first stakes victory of her career and is coming into this race off of two consecutive victories against allowance competition. Jose Valdivia, Jr. will be in the irons and they will break from post position six.
Discreetly Grand looking for first stakes win
Second choice at morning line odds of 7-2 is Discreetly Grand for trainer Ralph Nicks. A four-year-old daughter of Discreetly Mine, she has been on the board in five of her nine starts and will be trying to notch her fourth career victory and first stakes win. She will have to rebound after finishing tenth in the Marie G. Krantz Memorial Stakes last time out. James Graham will be aboard and they will break from the outside post.
Step up in class for Shea’s Lil Shug
Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Shea’s Lil Shug for trainer Patrick Mouton. A five-year-old daughter of Gigawatt, the bay mare is a six-time career winner and will be stepping back up to stakes competition for the first time since her two-year-old season. She was second in an optional claiming race last time out in her second start of the year. Richard Eramia will be aboard and they will break from post position two.
A familiar name from the 2016 Kentucky Derby trail is expected to go the gate for the Super Derby, as Mo Tom has been made the 7-5 favorite in the morning line.
On Friday at Churchill Downs, the graded stakes action will begin with the $300,000 La Troienne Stakes. Restricted to fillies and mares, the Grade 1 will be contested at a mile and a sixteenth and has drawn a field of seven.
On Sunday at Aqueduct, the featured race is the $200,000 Distaff Handicap. Restricted to fillies and mares, the Grade 3 event will be held at seven furlongs on the main track and has drawn a field of seven.
On Saturday at Tampa Bay Downs, the featured race is the $75,000 Ocala Breeders’ Sales Sophomore Stakes. Restricted to three-year-olds bred in Florida, the seven furlong contest has drawn a field of seven colts and geldings.