The Woodchopper is scheduled for about one mile over the Stall-Wilson turf course and will be observing its 23rd running as Fair Grounds’ featured event this weekend.
Stacey Moak’s Southern Anthem, second choice in the Woodchopper morning line at 3-1, may be the one to beat. The son of Royal Anthem out of a Silver Hawk mare was fifth in last summer’s 75th running of the $150,000 Arlington Classic, won his next race in second level allowance company at that same Chicago oval July 3, but has been away from competition since that time. Victor Lebron is slated for the saddle aboard the Jeff Thornbury trainee.
From the rail out, the Woodchopper field with riders assigned consists of Agave Racing Stable’s Marquee Event, Ramsey Zimmerman; Evolutionist, James Graham; Ross and Ross Investments’ Belfast, Shane Sellers; Bellamy Stable’s Smoothcideup, Curt Bourque; Southern Anthem, Victor Lebron; Kari Craddock’s Dakota Gypsy, Benny Landeros; and Don Eberts’ Atlantic Slick, Eddie Martin Jr.