07/26/2002 12:00AM

Nuclear Assembly draws an ideal post

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The post fits the plan for Nuclear Assembly, who will break from gate No. 9 for the $40,000 Airline Stakes for 3-year-olds at Louisiana Downs on Sunday.

Before the draw for the six-furlong race Friday morning, trainer Brent Davidson said he hoped to see his horse, the quick Nuclear Assembly, settle behind the leaders early. When the overnight came out, the trainer had to be pleased.

Nuclear Assembly drew the outside, and the post gives the colt more options as he takes on the front-running Hail to Bag, who breaks to his immediate inside, and recent stakes winner Walk in the Snow.

"I'll have to see how the race looks on paper, but I'd like to stalk the pace with him," said Davidson.

Nuclear Assembly used stalking tactics last year to win the $40,000 Pioneer Stakes at Louisiana Downs. In his most recent out, he used his speed from the start, and finished a close second in the $50,000 Harold V. Goodman Sprint at Lone Star Park on June 29.

The race was Nuclear Assembly's first since September, and Davidson looks for the colt to move forward. "I think we'll run good," said the trainer, who has given the mount to Tim Doocy.

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