07/31/2012 1:31PM

Louisiana Downs: Where's Cain looking for fast start in Thursday sprint


The break will be key for Where’s Cain in Thursday’s fourth race at Louisiana Downs. The second-level allowance sprint is one of three high-end races on the card, which begins the meet’s most important week to date. On Saturday, four stakes will be run, led by the $100,000 Prelude, which is the prep for the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby on Sept. 8.

Where’s Cain, who is looking for his first win at the meet, could start as a slight favorite Thursday in the six-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up. He was second by a length in his last out July 19, when he set the pace in an optional $17,500 claiming sprint and finished behind multiple stakes winner Tortuga Straits.

“The other day, he just got outrun,” said Bob Schultz, who trains Where’s Cain. “But the race before that, he [didn’t break well], got behind a wall of horses and had nowhere to go until about the eighth pole. And the race before that, he didn’t break good.

“If he gets away good, I think he’s got a good shot. He should be right there at the end of it. He’s a pretty solid horse. He’s a good horse.”

Where’s Cain is the winningest member of the field, with seven victories. He also owns it’s best last-race Beyer Speed Figure, an 83, and will be making his third start since May. Don Simington has the mount from post 3.

Others set to start include Ad On First, a nine-length allowance winner against Louisiana-breds June 10 who is a 3-year-old half-brother to the multiple stakes winner Get in Da House. Mark Guidry has the mount aboard Ad On First for trainer Pat Mouton.

The card’s second allowance offering is the fifth race, a first-level sprint for fillies and mares bred in Louisiana. Gate Zapper will be making her second start since May 6 in the six-furlong race. She was fourth in her return June 24 and could be closer to the pace than she was that afternoon when she bobbled at the start. Jansen Melancon has the mount for trainer Stanley Roberts.

The final allowance on the card goes as the seventh race. To be run at 7 1/2 furlongs on turf, the first-level allowance is for 3-year-olds and up. Sour and Exit will start as a coupled entry for trainer Al Stall Jr., while G.W.’s d’Oro, a son of the multiple-stakes-winning mare Sarah Lane’s Oates, last raced at Churchill Downs for trainer Andrew Leggio Jr.

Also on the card, Don’t Mach Me, a half-brother to Midge Too, a seven-time stakes winner of more than $500,000, makes his career debut in the eighth. The maiden special weight at six furlongs is for 2-year-olds bred in Louisiana.

Prelude tops stakes-rich card

The Prelude, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds Saturday, offers its winner at berth into the Super Derby. It anchors the four stakes on Saturday, which will be worth a cumulative $250,000. All of the races are designed as preps for stakes on Super Derby Day.

The field for the Prelude was to be drawn Wednesday. The other three stakes on the card will be on turf, with the $50,000 Sunny’s Halo and $50,000 Donnie Wilhite for fillies both restricted to 2-year-olds. They will be run at 7 1/2 furlongs. The Sunny’s Halo is a prep for the $150,000 Sunday Silence and the Donnie Wilhite for the $100,000 Happy Ticket.

The $50,000 Barksdale, meanwhile, is a one-mile race turf for 3-year-olds and up that should produce starters for the $100,000 Unbridled.