01/16/2012 6:24PM

Fair Grounds: Cherokee Queen headed to breeding shed

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Lou Hodges Jr.
Cherokee Queen, with Shaun Bridgmohan riding, wins the Marie Krantz.

Cherokee Queen turned in what might have been the best turf performance of the Fair Grounds meet when she won Saturday’s Marie Krantz Memorial by 1 1/4 lengths, but the 7-year-old mare still is destined for life as a broodmare sometime this winter, trainer Steve Margolis said Sunday.

“She’s definitely going to be bred this year,” said Margolis. “It’s a question of whether we’re going to run her one more time.”

Cherokee Queen, who owner Clark Brewster purchased at auction last fall, could come back in the Mardi Gras Stakes at Fair Grounds or, perhaps less likely, ship to Tampa Bay Downs for the Grade 3 Endeavor Stakes. Already a Grade 3 winner, Cherokee Queen has been booked to the sire Malibu Moon for the 2012 breeding season.

Margolis, meanwhile, has a couple of horses to run in Saturday’s six stakes races. Inny Minnie, second to undefeated Now I Know in the Delta Princess, will start in the Silverbulletday, while Stay Put is an intended runner in the Louisiana Handicap.