After a slow day on Tuesday, we get back at it with a $46,000 allowance race for 3-year-old state breds over six furlongs on the dirt at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. The field of 7 will go to gate for race 7 on the 9-race card with an approximate post time of 4:24 p.m. ET.
#3, Palvera, Gabriel Saez, 9-2
Palvera will be making his fourth straight start at Fair Grounds (1-1-0) and is coming off a runner-up finish in an allowance race here on Jan. 11. A race prior, he finished first by 1 ¼ lengths as the third choice with Gabriel Saez aboard. Saez returns to the saddle for his third straight start for trainer Joe Sharp. Palvera got beat in his last by more than 13 lengths, but I’m throwing that away, despite the fact he finished second. I think he reverts back to his win here two starts back and I like that Saez returns. The pick.
#7, Soul Song, James Graham, 7-2
Soul Song comes over from Delta Downs where he raced in his first two starts of his career. In his debut, he won a maiden special weight race on Dec. 20 and came back close to a month later and placed a disappointing eighth in an allowance race on Jan. 18. James Graham gets his first start aboard for trainer Tom Amoss. With the jockey switch, I sense an improve in the works. Runner-up.
#1, Friday’s Best, Colby Hernandez, 7-2
This will be his third straight start here and is coming off a 3 ¾ length win as the fifth choice here on Jan. 10. Colby Hernandez returns to ride for his third straight start for trainer Albert Stall, Jr. I think he continues on the solid performance track. Contender.
#2, Bibleman, E Murray, 3-1
Bibleman had a great start to his career on Nov. 30, winning by 3 ½ lengths as a fifth choice in a maiden special weight race here, paying $19.60 to win. E. Murray comes back aboard for his second straight start for trainer Louie Roussel III. Let’s see if he really likes the place. In the mix.
By Lou Monaco