Klaravich Stable and William Lawrence’s Sum of the Parts, away from competition since a fourth-place finish in Santa Anita’s Grade I Breeders’ Cup Sprint last Nov. 3, has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite when he makes his first start of the year in Saturday’s $75,000 Colonel Power Stakes at about 5 1/2-furlongs over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Prior to his on-the-board finish in the Breeders’ Cup Sprint, Sum of the Parts had proved clearly best in Keeneland’s Grade III Phoenix Stakes last October 5. Jockey Leandro Goncalves has been named to handle the reins on Sum of the Parts Saturday.
Capable of providing strong competition for Sum of the Parts as the 7-2 second choice in the early line is Carl Moore Management’s Chamberlain Bridge, a 9-year-old gelding who won the Grade II Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs in 2010 after taking the Colonel Power here earlier that year. Miguel Mena is slated for the saddle on the Bret Calhoun trainee.
Not to be discounted in the Colonel Power are Fletcher and Carolyn Gray’s Icon Ike, a Larry Jones trainee who beat Chamberlain Bridge by a nose in the $75,000 Champion Energy Services Stakes at Sam Houston Jan. 26; Black Sheep Racing’s China, winner by a neck over Icon Ike in the $75,000 Bonapaw Stakes here Dec. 22; and Mike Munna Racing Stable’s Comisky’s Humor, a winner of six of his last seven starts.
Icon Ike has James Graham up, China gets the services of John Jacinto, and Comisky’s Humor has Richard Eramia aboard.
Completing the Colonel Power field is Carl Moore Management’s Canuletmedowneasy, Brian Hernandez Jr., and Thunderhead Farms’ Billy Two Hats, Shaun Bridgmohan.
UNDEFEATED SAME CROSS RISKS VICTORY SKEIN IN SATURDAY’S HAPPY TICKET STAKES – Brereton Jones’s Same Cross, a 4-year-old filly who is undefeated in three lifetime starts, all this year at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, has been pegged as the 5-2 early choice in the morning line for Saturday’s $75,000 Happy Ticket Stakes for older fillies and mares at about 5 1/2-furlongs over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course.
Same Cross, so-named because of her similar bloodlines to 2008 Grade I Kentucky Oaks and Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks heroine Proud Spell, broke her maiden here with a 4 1/2-length win Jan. 20, came back with a 2 1/4-length score in first level allowance company Feb. 7 and completed her undefeated run with a 2 1/2-length tally in a $40,000 optional claiming sprint here March 3.
Pat Johnson has been named aboard the Larry Jones trainee as she makes her grass debut in the Happy Ticket.
Named to oppose Same Cross in the Happy Ticket are Michael Almercio II and Pete Horton’s Cho Cho Cat, C. J. McMahon; Jerry Namy’s Storm’s Promise, Kerwin Clark; Martin Racing Stable and Dan and Deb Morgan’s Beat the Blues, Miguel Mena; Stone Farm’s Extravaganza, Richard Eramia; Stone Farm’s Cat Lore, Shaun Bridgmohan; Coteau Grove Farms’ Going to Kukaro, James Graham; and Agave Racing Stable’s Monono, Brian Hernandez Jr.
Beat the Blues may be the one to beat in the Happy Ticket. Although she has never won on the grass, she has been in the money in her last five starts and was second by a length in her most recent trip to the post in Fair Grounds $75,000 Mardi Gras Handicap Feb. 12.