07/26/2012 2:51PM

Louisiana Downs: Foreign Girl back off 10-month layoff


Foreign Girl flashed talent last year, when she won her debut by nine lengths and then captured a division of the $100,000 Louisiana Stallion Stakes. Her third start comes Saturday, when she returns from a 10-month layoff in the fifth race at Louisiana Downs, a six-furlong optional $17,500 claimer that has second-level allowance conditions.

Foreign Girl’s task will not be easy. She is part of a competitive field of seven fillies and mares, led by Street Storm, a stakes winner who was eighth in the 2011 Kentucky Oaks, and Naevus Girl, a sharp older mare moving back to dirt.

Foreign Girl made her debut last August at Louisiana Downs in a maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies bred in Louisiana. In her only other start, she became a stakes winner when she darted clear by 2 1/4 lengths in the Stallion Stakes on Sept. 24. She shows some sharp works for her return to action, and Don Simington has the mount for trainer Pat Mouton.

Street Storm makes her first start since finishing seventh in a second-level allowance at Churchill in May. Naevus Girl has recency on both fillies, having last raced July 6, when she missed by a head in a turf sprint at Lone Star Park.

* Fifty Five South, a 3-year-old half-brother to multiple Grade 1 winner The Factor, makes his turf debut in the ninth, a maiden special weight at about five furlongs.