12/21/2010 4:13PM

Bouquet Booth gets back to work

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Bouquet Booth, winner of the Delta Downs Princess, is working toward a start in the Tiffany Lass at Fair Grounds on Jan. 22.

Tuesdays are the quietest workout day of the week at Fair Grounds, but a couple names of note appeared on the Tuesday tab this week.

Bouquet Booth went an easy half-mile in 50.40 seconds, her first workout since she won the Delta Princess on Nov. 20.

“We just gave her a little break, and that’s worked out well,” trainer Steve Margolis said.

Bouquet Booth is an intended starter in Fair Grounds’ first 3-year-old filly two-turn stakes, the Jan. 22 Tiffany Lass, Margolis said. Margolis also is tentatively pointing Little Miss Holly, a six-length Fair Grounds two-turn maiden winner on Dec. 6, to the Tiffany Lass.

Out for a three-furlong work in 37 seconds was Workin for Hops, who breezed for the first time since rejoining trainer Mike Stidham’s stable following an autumn break. Workin for Hops easily won two grass races at the last Fair Grounds meet and went on to score victories in the Arlington Classic and the American Derby. He subsequently finished third in the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes and second in the Kent Stakes, his final start of 2010.

Mr. Sly looking to draw in

If you are a looking for an allowance-race feature on the Thursday card at Fair Grounds, well, good luck with that. What passes for the Thursday feature given the absence of a single allowance is race 7, which drew an overflow field of 2-year-old maiden turf sprinters.

There are 10 in the main body of race 7, which is carded for 2-year-olds at 5 1/2 furlongs on turf, and five more horses on the also-eligible list. It’s the first horse among the also-eligibles, Mr. Sly, who has the strongest grass breeding of those who haven’t made a turf start yet. Mr. Sly is by Mr. Greeley and out of Silvester Lady, an English-bred who won the German Oaks. Silvester Lady’s three offspring to race include a minor winner in England.

Yankee Gone South, a first-timer from the barn of trainer Bret Calhoun, has some flashy works on his tab and he’s by the versatile sire Yankee Gentleman, but there’s little turf blood in his immediate female family. Jabulani, another first-timer, is by Speightstown, whose offspring often handle grass, and he does have two siblings who have won on turf, including Proceed Bee, winner of the 2009 Hawthorne Derby.