02/26/2011 7:16PM

Fair Grounds: Stall one-two in 3yo route allowance


Three stakes on this Saturday card. Two in the books, including the lone open stakes on the day, the Lacombe, which was won by Upperline, her first turf victory. Probably just as interesting as the stakes, at least in terms of future performance, was race five, a first-level route allowance for 3-year-olds. Trainer Al Stall ran one-two in the race, but winner Left would've been a longer price than runner-up Sour had the two been uncoupled. Left had debuted with a narrow maiden-special-weight win in a two-turn turf race on Jan. 29, and he does kind of have the lumbering action of a turf horse. But Left also had enough speed to take up a perfect pressing position behind a very moderate pace, taking over in the stretch and holding clear Sour, who had come between horses at about the eighth pole. Race's disappointment was Lumberyard Jack, who looked pretty good in a last-out maiden win but had no punch today, flattening out to finish last.