The $41,000 allowance-optional claiming event, restricted to accredited Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds, has attracted a field of nine, only one of which is entered for the claiming price of $30,000.
Trained by Bernie Flint, Bucktown will be ridden Saturday by jockey Ramsey Zimmerman.
Capable of providing strong competition for Bucktown is Sam Breaux and Pete and Barbara Horton’s Cheap Eggs, who has been installed as the 4-1 second choice in Saturday’s evenly-matched sprint. By the young Storm Cat sire Osidy, Cheap Eggs broke his maiden by a length on Dec. 10 at Delta Downs and then returned at the local oval to finish second by a length in optional claiming company on Jan. 4 despite a wide trip. Seven-time Fair Grounds jockey champion Robby Albarado will be in the irons aboard the Sam Breaux trainee.
Named to oppose the top two are: Earl and Keith Hernandez’ Social Misfit, John Jacinto; James Perron Racing Stable Joe’s No Saint, Brian Hernandez Jr.; Glen Warren’s Hud’s Rebellion, Shaun Bridgmohan; Kara Gael Baggett and Val Murrell’s Balidor Desol, Corey Lanerie; Samuel Hebert’s Lighter Fluid, C. J. McMahon; Winchester Place Thoroughbreds and Gary Scherer’s Two Left Shoes, James Graham; and Todd Dick’s Wits End, Richard Eramia.
Of these, Balidor Desol cannot be discounted. After finishing third behind Beanwah’smachine and Bucktown in their first-level allowance meeting on Thanksgiving Day, the Patrick Mouton trainee faced them again in the Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile but was severely compromised after being forced to steady and getting shuffled back to sixth at the wire.