12/22/2010 5:08PM

Fair Grounds: Turf rail out, speed good again?


The turf rail has been moved 20 feet outside the zero position again, and voila: The inside-speed horse Southern Invasion ($17.60) turned back a pace-pressing foe as well as 6-5 favorite First to Bingo, who had gotten a perfect stalking trip. As is the case at many venues, front-runners consistently seem to fare better on the FG lawn when the rail is out, and that's something to consider the rest of this week. In the near term -- namely upcoming featured race 7 -- there might not be much to gain from that insight, since it's current 4-5 favorite Gran Estreno who might well find himself in front here.