12/20/2010 6:24PM

Fair Grounds: Wild About Marie wins feature, ends Monday festival of favorites

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Featured race 8 on Monday looked indecipherable on paper, but on the track, Jeff Thorbury-trained, Robby Albarado-ridden Wild About Marie was much the best. She tracked the pace of Truly Lucky, surged to the front past the eighth pole, and never was challenged by a closer, paying $10.80 to win. Wild About Marie, a daughter of Wildcat Heir, was making her second career turf start.

That $10.80 win mutuel seemed gigantic compared to many of the winners on this card. Previous win prices had been $3.40, $2.40, $3.80, and $5. This handicapper played and hit the early Pick 4 -- and lost almost $10 in so doing, so tiny was the payoff.

See no biases out there today. Main track fast, turf good, with turf rail 10 feet out.

Just one dark day, then back to action here Wednesday.