12/06/2010 6:26PM

Fair Grounds: Keepinonestepahead wins Monday feature


Well, favored Sweetsouthernmoon did not quite run back to his Thanksgiving Handicap second-place finish when entered back on fairly short rest in Monday's featured eighth race. Keepinonestepahead just edged the favorite in a battle of annoyingly run-together names. Winning six-furlong time for this race, an optional starter-allowance / claimer, was 1:10.78, fitting right in with the "times in average range" profile I suggested in an earlier post. Favorites are 3-8 on the day, so why does it seem like we've had a series of mild upsets?

Fact that Keepinonestepahead, who came out of a second-place finish in a Churchill $25,000 claimer, was able to handle Sweetsouthernmoon doesn't speak too highly of the Thanksgiving 'Cap, though winner Mambo Galliano was four lengths best there.

Also, trainer Michelle Lovell continues on her strong roll, winning two more races on this card to bring her meet total to six.