03/06/2010 12:00AM

Rachel schools in Fair Grounds paddock

Lynn Roberts
Rachel Alexandra is led by Steve's Asmussen's assistant trainer Scott Blasi (right) and groom Javier Espinoza during her schooling session in the Fair Grounds paddock Saturday.

NEW ORLEANS - Rachel Alexandra schooled in the Fair Grounds paddock on Saturday, arriving with the entrants for the seventh race, and remaining during and after the seventh race was run.

She appeared calm as she was led around the paddock by Scott Blasi, assistant to trainer Steve Asmussen.

Steve Asmussen watched the schooling, and stood with Rachel Alexandra in the saddling stalls into which she was led at varying times.

"She was relaxed for her not having run in six months," said Asmussen.

Asmussen indicated that he would give her another session in the paddock in preparation for her return to racing, next Saturday's New Orleans Ladies.

"We'll do it whenever the weather is good again," said Asmussen. "This was a dress rehearsal for the dress rehearsal."

Rachel Alexandra is scheduled to put in a four-furlong work on Monday, her seventh work in a series leading up to her first race since winning the Grade 1 Woodward on September 5.

Silver City wins comeback

Silver City delivered a wire-to-wire victory in the first race of his comeback campaign on Saturday at Fair Grounds, going six furlongs in 1:09.24 and wining by three-quarters of a length.

Off since running a disappointing fifth the Grade 3 Derby Trial last April, Silver City has overcome both a bone chip in his ankle and an injured suspensory ligament to return to the races.

The victory in the third-level allowance allows his connections, trainer Bret Calhoun and owner Clarence Scharbauer, to begin planning a spring campaign for the 4-year-old Unbridled Song colt.

Sarah Lane's Oates: Ladyzarbridge wins turf debut

Ladyzarbridge wired the field with a wide trip over the firmest part of the Fair Grounds turf to win Saturday's $60,000 Sarah Lane's Oates Stakes.

Following instructions from trainer Eddie Johnston, jockey John Jacinto parlayed his outermost post position into the trip he wanted, very wide, near the center of the course.

Jacinto followed orders, and Ladyzarbridge was never seriously challenged.

"I let her run her race, and she was so comfortable," said Jacinto. "I was afraid because she was so wide the whole way, but that was the best part of the course."

The wide trip earned Ladyzarbridge a 7?3/4-length victory over The Rumor's True, who closed from third to finish a half-length in front of Lunar Fest.

Ladyzarbridge ($12.60), making her first start on grass, went the mile in 1:40.83 over a turf course rated good.

Gentilly: Jacinto wins fifth race of the day

Jockey John Jacinto took Tensas Cat wide throughout in the Gentilly Stakes to notch his fifth win on the day.

Tensas Cat (10.40) dueled early with Dynamic Time, staying to the middle of the Fair Grounds turf, which was rated as good. Coming into the stretch Tensas Cat put Dynamic Time away, and was two lengths better than favorite Heavenville, who held on for second by a nose over Pioneering Native.

Tensas Cat covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:46.21, and earned $36,000 for his owner/trainer Steve Garber.

Tensas Cat was the only entrant who had turf experience, and the victory made it two wins in a row over the surface.

"He's very immature," said Garber. "He's just starting to come together mentally."

With victories in both stakes races on the Fair Grounds card, Jacinto earned his ninth win in two days at the Fair Grounds, giving him 53 wins during the meet.

"The day worked out better than I thought," said Jacinto. "I feel very blessed."