05/14/2013 1:09PM

Louisiana Downs: Watch My Smoke to make rare grass start in Thursday allowance

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Lee's Spirit (outside), who won the Costa Rising Stakes at Fair Grounds last out in March, returns Thursday in an allowance at Louisiana Downs.

The distance of Thursday’s fifth race at Louisiana Downs, as well as the current profile of the track’s turf course, are among the reasons Watch My Smoke will make a rare start on grass in an allowance for 3-year-olds and up at about a mile. He is part of an eight-horse field that includes stakes winners Lee’s Spirit and Heavenville.

Watch My Smoke is a winner of 5 of 26 starts but has had just four outings on grass. He won one of those races and finished in the money in two others. He enters Thursday’s allowance off a seventh-place finish in the $50,000 John Henry at Evangeline Downs, an April 27 turf route in which he was prominent until the later stages.

“The first several weeks here at Evangeline Downs, they’ve really been coming from pretty out of it on the turf course,” said Ron Faucheux, who trains Watch My Smoke. “The way the Louisiana Downs turf is playing right now might be beneficial to him because you can be close to the pace and finish well. We probably would rather be on the dirt, but he handles the turf.”

Watch My Smoke will be shortening up from 1 1/16 miles, and Faucheux said the distance change should suit the horse well. Richard Eramia has the mount for owner Adam Pavlovich.

Faucheux said a summer goal for Watch My Smoke is the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Classic at Evangeline Downs on July 6.

Faucheux and Eramia will team up at Evangeline on Friday night with Comisky’s Humor in the $50,000 Need for Speed at five furlongs on turf. The horse was among the nominees for the $100,000 Jim McKay Turf at Pimlico this Friday.