12/17/2013 3:23PM

Fair Grounds: Istanford 'ready to go' in return


Fair Grounds’s Thursday card gets off to a slow start with a pair of inscrutable Louisiana-bred maiden claimers, but actually is unusually substantive for a mid-week program. Race 4 is a hot-looking 2-year-old maiden special weight sprint; race 7 is a first-level two-turn turf allowance for 2-year-old fillies; and race 8 is a second-level dirt-sprint allowance for older fillies and mares.