Vulnerable Favorite in $150,000 Louisiana Jewell Stakes
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Fri 21/11/2014 - 16:03 EST
The $150,000 Louisiana Jewell, a mile race for two year-old fillies, is the fourth of eight stakes races to be contested as part of a stellar stakes lineup November 22 at Delta Downs.
The field of nine comprise a wide-open betting affair led by 3/1 favorite Pitcher, who many bettors will side against after her last two performances where she was beaten by over a combined 20 lengths. The Ray Dunn trainee has just a maiden victory to her credit in four career starts and has Beyer Speed Figures of 46, 66, 38, and 56. With other runners in better form and seemingly faster, Pitcher could simply be a poor morning line favorite.
Wind Chill Factor plenty capable
Wind Chill Factor (4/1) was impressive breaking her maiden at Canterbury Park in August (74 Beyer), then came back to run third in October against much tougher allowance foes at Keeneland. The speedy daughter of Successful Appeal is bred to handle more ground and has already shown the ability to pass horses. Trainer Gary Scherer hits with 13% of his runners moving from a route race to a sprint race, and Wind Chill Factor is training well at Fair Grounds. It would certainly be no surprise to see Wind Chill Factor heavily supported at the windows and vie for post time favoritism.
Debut winner tries stakes company
Composed (6/1) was a smashing debut winner at Delta October 29, defeating maiden special weight company by eight lengths the seven furlong race. She will have to face winners for the first time, but she may only need to improve a little off her 72 Beyer Speed Figure to earn the win.
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