01/19/2013 12:43PM

Fair Grounds: Seaneen Girl scratches out of Silverbulletday


Golden Rod Stakes winner Seaneen Girl was scratched Saturday morning from the Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds, but her trainer, Bernie Flint, said nothing is wrong with the filly and that she would be rerouted to the Feb. 23 Rachel Alexandra Stakes.

“I was only going to run her two times at this meet; that was the plan all along,” Flint told Fair Grounds publicity staff.

Flint said he disliked the Silverbulletday’s mile and 70 yard distance, as well as Seaneen Girl’s rail draw Saturday. Flint hopes to make the 1 1/8-mile Kentucky Oaks with Seaneen Girl, and presumably meant that Saturday’s race was shorter than ideal. Seaneen Girl won the Golden Rod at a distance 40 yards longer than the Silverbulletday, and scored her only other win in a 4 1/2-furlong race.

Post 1 has in fact long been a valuable position in Fair Grounds route races: In the last five years, horses breaking from the rail have won at an 18-percent clip, 3 percent higher than the next most successful two-turn post position.

Seaneen Girl, owned by Naveed Chowhan, won the Golden Rod at odds of  31-1 in her first start for Flint and first on a dirt racing surface.