12/30/2010 6:39PM

Fair Grounds: 2yo maiden winner makes 2yo allowance winner seem slow

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Yeah, the track is really testing. I was surprised in featured race 5 to see how quick the splits were in a route race on an apparently slow-playing track. The half-mile split in that 2yo filly allowace was 48 seconds a full second faster than any of the three previous two-turn races on the card. More surprising: Pace-pressing Daisy Devine won. So, how did she do it? Well, after watching race 8, I propose that she did it by running a little less poorly than any of her rivals. That 48-second half-mile split produced a final time of 1:43.70 for one mile 40 yards, but the 2yo maiden colts in just-run race 8 went almost one full second faster in a race at one mile 70 yards! The half-mile split in this race was 48.35 seconds, that off a 23.93 opening quarter, and yes -- that WAS a taxing pace, no matter what race 6 told us. Don Dulce would wind up winning this heat, and where was he around the first turn and down the backstretch? He was last of 11.

I'm going to be against any of those race 6 fillies running back in an allowance route, especially those off the pace who should have been picking up the pieces of taxing splits.

As for Don Dulce, he was first-time dirt for trainer Malcolm Pierce while making his fourth career start. Solid winner, hardly explosive. Note that Pin Oak homebred with decent pedigree already has been gelded. I noticed him misbehaving a bit (staring out toward the tote board, wanting to jog off that direction rather than into the winner's circle) as jockey Miguel Mena (so often in the right place in FG races) brought him back after pulling up.