12/26/2010 3:05PM

Fair Grounds: Cold, windy Sunday


A chilly 40 degrees at the FG. Wind from the north (cross) 12-20 mph.
Main track fast, turf good, turf rail 20 feet outside zero position

Thrilling post-Christmas opener (compared to, say, being trapped in permafrost for 30 years). Two scratches from $15K N3L claimer left comebacking class-dropper Prince Rooney a 1-5 favorite in a four-horse field. Chalk made the lead, never looked back, and won easily for trainer Mike Stidham, jock Rosie Napravnik despite drifting out markedly in the final sixteenth.