01/10/2011 4:50PM

Fair Grounds: No stopping Oriza

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Congrats, chalk-players! That early 1-9 on Oriza was good action. I thought there was other route speed in race 5, but Oriza easily crossed over to make a clear lead into the first turn. Pleasant Packy, sharp in his second race after a layoff for trainer Jake Morreale, drew even near the top of the stretch, but Oriza held him clear. 7yo Oriza has come on very strong, winning six of his last seven starts. Admirable.