12/31/2015 3:44PM

Bayerd, Marchman watching weather ahead of Bonapaw


The first thing to handicap in the $60,000 Bonapaw Stakes on Saturday at Fair Grounds is the weather. The Bonapaw is carded for 5 1/2 furlongs on turf, but a rainy spell had, as of Thursday, moved turf races to dirt for a week straight, and showers were forecast through Saturday in New Orleans. Twelve were entered in the Bonapaw, a very strong group considering the purse level, but the field could be just about halved if the race winds up on dirt.