Updated on 09/17/2011 8:50PM

Shadow Cast to meet Sister Swank again

Louis Hodges Jr.
Shadow Cast wins the Truly Bound by a half-length for her fourth victory at Fair Grounds.

NEW ORLEANS - Shadow Cast, a stakes winner both on turf and dirt at this meet, will hook up again with Sister Swank on Saturday in the Grade 3, $150,000 Bayou Breeders' Cup, a 1 1/8-mile turf route for fillies and mares at Fair Grounds.

Sister Swank, beat Shadow Cast in the Grade 3 Valley View at Keeneland last October before Shadow Cast turned the tables at Fair Grounds in the Pago Hop at a mile on turf in December.

, trained by Neil Howard, returned last month to win the Truly Bound Handicap at Fair Grounds at 1 1/16 miles on the main track, rallying to a half-length victory.

Fair Grounds has been the site of four of Shadow Cast's six victories. A 4-year-old daughter of Smart Strike, she posted her biggest score here last year in the Grade 2 Silverbulletday Stakes. She then ran third in the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks.

The Pago Hop was the first turf victory in four tries for Shadow Cast, who will once again be ridden by Robby Albarado.

Despite her third-place finish to Shadow Cast in the Pago Hop, has superior turf form. She has been freshened by trainer Steve Asmussen since that race and is working well for her return. A 4-year-old daughter of Skip Away, she is also getting a six-pound weight shift in her favor in this rematch, in which she will carry 120 pounds, including Donnie Meche, while Shadow Cast carries 119. In the Pago Hop Shadow Cast carried 116 and Sister Swank 123.

Several others in the race have solid credentials. May Gator, a 6-year-old Green Alligator mare trained by Steve Flint and ridden by Jose Martinez Jr., finished second in the Grade 3 Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs in November and won the Dade Turf Classic at Ellis Park earlier in the year. She has been in the money 19 times in 27 turf starts.

won the Bluebonnet and the Yellow Rose Breeders' Cup at Lone Star last October, and was beaten by Bijou, another mare who will start in the Bayou Breeders' Cup in her return at Fair Grounds last month.

Humorous Miss won the Hatoof at Arlington Park last year, and was well beaten in the Pago Hop. Cape Town Lass closed well for fifth in the Pago Hop but never threatened the leaders. Ide Be a Lady, who appears to be the lone speed in Saturday's race, wired the field in an optional claimer on the turf here in her last start.