03/12/2011 8:40PM

Fair Grounds: Glenwood Canyon, Mister Marti Gras good allowance winners on busy Saturday

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Besides the New Orleans Ladies (won well by Ravi's Song, who may be a comer in the F & M dirt-route division), and the Grindstone Stakes (stolen on the lead by Great Mills; favored Willcox Inn rallied well for second), there were a couple allowance races of note on the card. Mister Marti Gras, a 4yo with some promise, won a high-end route allowance in race 6 despite the fact his comeback spot was rained from turf to dirt, and he'd never before won on dirt. His time of 1:44.41 for 8.5 furlongs surpassed the 1:44.64 clocked by Ravi's Song.

Glenwood Canyon is just a good, solid, useful high-end claimer / allowance horse, but he was in the right spot in race 9. With comebacking Friesan Fire getting in a wicked duel with Smarten Destiny (half-mile split of 46.95 might be the fastest route pace of the meet), Glenwood Canyon got a great mid-pack run and had plenty left to hold off another long-layoff comebacker, Stay Put. Stay Put was a head in front of Friesan Fire, who held gamely for third despite the hot pace.