Wind Chill Factor Heavily Favored in 90K Louisiana Futurity
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Wed 31/12/2014 - 18:04 EST
Stakes action begins early New Year’s Eve at Fair Grounds with the $90,000 Louisiana Futurity scheduled for race 1, and a field of seven two year-old fillies set to contest the six furlong event on dirt.
Wind Chill Factor looms large as the 4/5 morning line favorite for trainer Gary Scherer after winning the Louisiana Jewel at Delta Downs and the Louisiana Lassie in her last two starts. Wind Chill Factor has three wins in four career starts while showing equal amounts of precociousness and professionalism. The daughter of Successful Appeal has demonstrated the ability to win from just off the pace as she did in her maiden-breaking score and the Louisiana Lassie, or rally from far off the pace as she did in the Louisiana Jewell. Jockey Willie Martinez, who was aboard each of the last two starts, will have the mount breaking from post number four.
Vivian Da Bling can rebound
Vivian Da Bling (3/1) was well beaten by Wind Chill Factor in the Lassie, but will benefit from a slower pace this time around. The William Brett Calhoun trainee figures to be the early leader and has a legitimate chance to win if she can return to the form she demonstrated in the summer at Lone Star and Saratoga.
Maiden tries stakes foes
Jackie Ems Pal (8/1) is still a maiden after running just a neck shy of the winner in her debut December 14 at Fair Grounds. The step up in class and inexperience will be a challenge for the front-running filly, but she trails only the top two in the speed figure department. With minor improvement, she could be a factor.
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