11/27/2012 5:17PM

Fair Grounds: Once again, the filly division looks strong

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Seaneen Girl (left) and Gal About Town (right) finish one-two in last weekend's Golden Rod Stakes at Churchill Downs. They are both now based at Fair Gorunds.

The Kentucky Derby trail makes a stop in New Orleans for the $1 million Louisiana Derby, but other than that, Fair Grounds-based early season 3-year-olds have not for the most part been major players in recent Triple Crown seasons. The 3-year-old filly division, however, has been a hotbed for Kentucky Oaks hopefuls and is shaping up as a major proving ground again this winter.

Besides Sign, the undefeated winner of the Pocahontas Stakes who has the Feb. 23 Rachel Alexandra Stakes as a possible 2013 debut, the one-two finishers from the Golden Rod Stakes last Saturday at Churchill Downs, Seaneen Girl and Gal About Town, will be wintering in New Orleans.

Trainer Bernie Flint, a Fair Grounds regular, told Churchill Down publicity officials Sunday that Seaneen Girl would probably be pointed to the Silverbulletday Stakes on Jan. 19. The Silverbulletday also is a possible landing spot for Gal About Town, according to trainer Bret Calhoun. Gal About Town lost by four lengths to Sign, but came within a half-length of Seaneen Girl last Saturday.

Seaneen Girl, a daughter of Spring at Last, was making her first start for Flint in the Golden Rod, where she went off at odds of 31-1 in her dirt debut. She had finished second to the talented filly Spring Venture the start before in the Mazarine Stakes at Woodbine, where she made the first five starts of her career.

Napravnik, Graham start quick

Two-time Fair Grounds riding champ Rosie Napravnik, predictably, got off to a good start last week, winning 10 times from 28 mounts. But jockey James Graham almost matched her race for race, winning nine times in 30 mounts.

Tom Amoss and Calhoun were the hot trainers of opening week; Amoss won with five of his seven starters, including Delaunay in the Thanksgiving Handicap, while Calhoun won six races from 11 starters.