12/12/2011 4:29PM

Fair Grounds: Old-timers have some run left

Dustin Orona Photography
Red Rock Creek, a 10-year-old trained by Steve Asmussen, is seeking his first win of 2011.

Fair Grounds might as well dub its Wednesday program Old-Timers Day. There aren’t many very good horses on the nine-race card, nor is there even a solid feature, but a couple seniors of note are scheduled to make an appearance.

Eight-year-old Good and Lucky first raced over the Fair Grounds track in December 2006. He liked it, winning an off-the-turf edition of the Woodchopper Handicap.

By December 2006, Red Rock Creek was already 2 1/2 years into his racing career. Red Rock Creek, now 10, is nowhere near the horse he was at age 7, when the right lower-level graded stakes was within his scope, but he remains capable enough to be among the contenders in Wednesday’s eighth race, a 1 3/8-mile grass race open to $7,500 starter-allowance horses or $15,000 claimers.

Good and Lucky, meanwhile, goes in the fifth, another race with multiple conditions: The 1 1/16-mile dirt race is open to first-level allowance horses or $17,500 claimers. Good and Lucky cleared his first allowance condition many moons ago and runs for the $17,500 claiming price, and that’s a level that suits the horse. He won under these same conditions last March at Fair Grounds, the fifth straight winter in New Orleans during which Good and Lucky managed to make his way to the winner’s circle. Good and Lucky needed several starts to reach winning form last meeting, but he comes into this season following a shorter layoff – less than two months this year compared to almost six last year – and was entered twice against much tougher opposition than this last January. Marlon St. Julien, who could use a live mount, rides for trainer Josie Carroll.

Red Rock Creek is one of 10 horses in race 8 and has as many as seven years on a few of his Wednesday opponents. The gelding took up residence in the Steve Asmussen stable in June 2006 (assistant Scott Blasi was running the show then while Asmussen served a suspension) and has made an amazing 59 starts for the same connections. Red Rock Creek has failed to win in 11 starts this season, but he comes off a close second-place Remington Park dirt finish over the same trip he races Wednesday and has run well before on the Fair Grounds course.

The pick to win, however, is Wajir On Me, a mere babe in arms at age 7.Wajir On Me makes his first start since July, but looks well prepped for his comeback by trainer Wes Hawley. He won a long-distance Fair Grounds grass race last season.