07/03/2011 3:29PM

Louisiana Downs: Pale Blazer eyes Turf Monster


Pale Blazer, who is being considered for a start in the Grade 3, $350,000 Turf Monster this fall at Parx Racing, was impressive in taking a $35,000 optional claiming allowance Sunday afternoon at his Louisiana Downs base. He covered the about five furlongs on firm turf in 55.55 seconds, after setting fractions of 20.75 for the opening quarter and 42.60 for the half-mile. He paid $5.

The win was the third straight for Pale Blazer, whose streak began in a first-level allowance at Fair Grounds in March. Justin Shepherd rode Pale Blazer for Good Tyme Racin' and trainer Mike Burgess.