03/13/2007 11:00PM

Fass Feat goes to Delta for jump to stakes company


Fass Feat, who is unbeaten and untested in three career starts, is shipping into Delta Downs for Friday night's $75,000 Bayou State. He will be making his two-turn debut in the seven-furlong race for 4-year-olds and up, which is restricted to Louisiana-breds who have never won a stakes. The Bayou State drew a competitive field of 10.

The race is one of two restricted stakes on the card. The other is the $75,000 Azalea for statebred fillies and mares who have never won a stakes, and its leading contenders are Golden Demand, who is stakes-placed, Boro and Queezee Deezee.

Fass Feat launched his career last year at Evangeline Downs with a 15o3/4-length maiden win against statebreds on March 22. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 95.

One start later, Fass Feat rolled to a three-length win in a first-level allowance for statebreds, also at Evangeline, on April 19. He did not race again until last month at Fair Grounds, when he won a second-level allowance for statebreds by five lengths, with a Beyer Figure of 87.

Fass Feat drew post 5 for the Bayou State. Trainer Emile Schwandt, who is 6 for 13 at Delta, has given the mount to Joe Talamo. Fass Feat is a 4-year-old gelding by Placid Fund, and he is out of the 11-time winning mare Lucky Bayou.

The chief threats appear to be Grand Minit, a winner of his last two starts, and Dr. Schwartz, who has won his last three races. Trained by Al Stall Jr., Grand Minit has won back-to-back statebred allowances at Fair Grounds. Dr. Schwartz began his streak at Fair Grounds in December, and has won two statebred allowances and one open company allowance in his last three starts, all for trainer Cody Autrey.