PICK: #4 Reunite (Race 7 Fair Grounds)
#4, Reunite, Florent Geroux, 9-2
First-time starter for trainer Steve Asmussen. Last workout was a five furlong breeze (1:02.40) on the dirt at Fair Grounds on March 2. Florent Geroux has the mount. Asmussen has 6% win percentage in 16 starts (1-3-3) this year with first-time female starters on the dirt. Taking a shot.
Verdict: The pick
#2, Wicked Smart, James Graham, 3-1
She has raced in three maiden special weight races in her career with a best finish of third in her last start at Oaklawn Park on Feb. 15. This will be her first time over the Fair Grounds surface. James Graham is in the saddle for trainer Tom Amoss. Has some early experience.
#7, Beautiful Bella, Declan Carroll, 5-1
Another first-time starter in today’s race for trainer Ron Faucheux. Last workout breezed from the gate over five furlongs on the dirt here on March 2. Declan Carroll has the mount. Faucheux has a 13% win percentage in 45 career starts (6-5-5) with first-time female starters on the dirt.
#5, Shelby Rose, Gabriel Saez, 10-1
Trainer Keith Desormeaux sends out Shelby Rose for the first time today with Gabriel Saez aboard. Her last workout was a breeze from the gate over four furlongs on the dirt (49.60) here on March 7. All five of her previous workouts where at Santa Anita. Desormeaux with first-time female starters on the dirt in his career: 113-5-16-14 with a 32% in-the-money percentage.
Verdict: In the mix.