01/30/2014 3:22PM

Fair Grounds: Same Cross back on favored track to seek first stakes win in Happy Ticket


Racing in cities other than New Orleans, Same Cross has compiled a modest record: a second, two thirds, a fifth, and a ninth from five starts. But at Fair Grounds, she’s been nearly unbeatable. Same Cross has climbed the class ladder with ease, winning a maiden, a first-level allowance, a second-level allowance, and a third-level allowance by nearly 12 combined lengths in her four Fair Grounds dirt starts, and on Saturday, she’ll be favored to make it 5 for 5 and win her first stakes when she starts in the Happy Ticket, a six-furlong dirt race for older fillies and mares that’s one of two $60,000 stakes on an 11-race card. Same Cross finished fifth in last year’s 5 1/2-furlong Happy Ticket on turf, the only blemish on her overall Fair Grounds record.