03/26/2010 4:38PM

Fair Grounds: Oaks Day


Its clear, it's beautiful racing weather, and this stuff's supposed to hold through tomorrow, Louisiana Derby Day. 60s, sunny, light cross-wind from the north.

Speed and pressers winning so far on dirt, but everything has been logical, and no way one could assume any kind of bias based on these results. Times are average to quick on the main.

The turf course, however, appears to be at its driest point of a wet meet. West Ocean shattered the 5.5-furlong track record winning the Bienville Stakes by five lengths. Yeah - she ran a great race, the first winner of the FG weekend for trainer Todd Pletcher, but without a speedy course, no record, obviously. A couple races back, 3yo filly Red Hot Buddha also turned in a snappy clocking going five-and-a-half on the grass. While this is nothing like a dry, hard course at, say Gulfstream, it also is nothing like the bog we saw in much of January and February.

Speaking of grass, next up is the Bayou Handicap, which has Tizaqueena as a 4-5 favorite with 8 MTP. By rights, Tizaqueena should win this, even with something less than an "A" race. Her main rival, Never Retreat, might be at her best up to 8.5 furlongs.

No scratches from the FG Oaks, which comes up after the Bayou.