05/22/2009 11:00PM

Slight edge to Classy Ide


Statebred mid-level claimers will get a rare chance to bask in the spotlight in the featured eighth race at Louisiana Downs. A field of eight will go six furlongs for a claiming price of $16,000.

Classy Ide should be a slight favorite off a near-miss against slightly lesser company here last weekend. The 5-year-old Classy Ide was claimed out of that runner-up performance by trainer Keith Bourgeois, who excels with horses he halters. She has a high turn of early foot and will be in excellent position to use it from post 1. Diego Saenz will handle the riding chores.

Golden Sky, a still-developing 3-year-old filly trained by Bret Calhoun, comes into Monday's race riding a three-race winning streak. She picked up her first two wins over the winter at Fair Grounds and most recently switched to the turf and took care of a group of older optional claiming foes at Evangeline Downs. She too has a high turn of early foot and will break from post 7 under Ramsey Zimmerman.

Trainer Sturges Ducoing will send out the entry of Biduadeau and Lucky Skat. Lucky Skat also appears to be inclined to run on the front, which would allow Biduadeau to possibly pick up the pieces. Francisco Torres has been named on both.

Sense of Home could also be in position to take advantage of the potentially brisk pace scenario. Third behind Classy Ide last week, Sense of Home will be ridden by last year's leading rider, Don Simington.