By Warren Eves
The Fairgrounds stewards better send a message.
After watching the Dec., 2nd race three at the New Orleans oval many times, it must be stated many in the small field of eight were compromised.
I spend tireless hours looking at the head on. The opening 50 yards of a race is critical.
Here’s what I saw.
#1 Transeunte came out after breaking to jostle #2 Easter Girl. She then lugged out going for the lead before the turn.
#2 Easter Girl was away clean but lost her path and had to check in the opening strides.
#3 Pineapple Julep rattled between foes in the opening 50 yards and was steadied.
#4 Social View was away straight but got rattled around between foes the opening 50 yards.
#5 Vadoma broke okay but after a few strides was bumped outward and jostled.
#6 Ginger Tee got away clean but came over in the opening strides to bump Vadoma.
#7 Fayes Top Cat broke clean in a wide path(which is what you hope for) and was up second outside one before the first turn.
#8 Little Farms Lady got away straight but came over to tighten things up for horses on her left flank. She was third into the first turn.
The fact Little Farms Lady was compromised the least had a huge impact on the outcome. An inquiry was conducted but no change was made.
This sort of thing has to be curtailed or somebody is going to go down.
It’s up to the stewards to send a message.
Notes scribbled across my official program–On review of 7th race at the Fairgrounds November 27 two horses made my “playback” list. A leggy Irish-bred colt named Uncork the York, who made his last start in SoCal, angled off fence off the top and flew past everyone to win under Jim Graham. The Vale of York colt came home on the lawn in a notable 6.32FF(final fraction) for new trainer Christopher Davis. In the same two-turn MSW race there’s an effort by One Kind of Crazy that is likely to be overlooked. He was making his first start as a gelding for new trainer Neil Pessin. One Kind of Crazy vied inside one for the early lead. He was second down the backstretch and to the far turn. One Kind of Crazy had the reins shook at him once he was well into the straight and while a well beaten third it was a race with promise……………..A couple of notes about race three on Dec., 1 at the Fairgrounds. I think Madaket Millie should be used in exotics next time because she was ridden aggressively when taking a drop to the $25,000 claiming level on the turf. Lemon Song also made my playback list also taking a similar class drop for Keith Bourgeois. She may be small in frame but she’s competitive. Sixth early, Lemon Song brushed very wide down the backstretch to hold a short lead into the second turn. Inside the final pole she had the look of a winner only to get nailed late…………..Don’t know anything about trainer Samuel Breaux at the Fairgrounds. All I know that he sent out Billie’s Garden to win race four impressively on Dec., 1. The 3YO filly went to the lead, set the pace in hand, and off the top she opened up and won with aplomb. This filly was badly beaten in two previous sprint races at the Fairgrounds back in March. It might be a good idea to follow trainer Breaux from this day forward………..When Winged Lady wired ‘em to graduate in a maiden $12.5K claimer Dec., 2 at the Fairgrounds, she had little behind her. Winged Lady is a maiden no more but her final fraction was 27.74 which is poor.