11/10/2017 2:36PM

Stall heads to Fair Grounds with talented foursome

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C Z Rocket turned heads with an allowance win at Keeneland on Oct. 11.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – When trainer Al Stall Jr. leaves Monday for his hometown of New Orleans, it will be with arguably his top four horses having won their last starts here in Kentucky.

Money Flows (Wednesday) and Behavioral Bias (Thursday) were allowance winners here this week, while the undefeated C Z Rocket, an allowance winner Oct. 11 at Keeneland, could make his third career start on closing weekend of the Churchill meet. Yockey’s Warrior, an Oct. 22 allowance winner at Keeneland, is the other member of that talented foursome.

Stall is part of the annual exodus of trainers and jockeys for Fair Grounds, which starts its four-month-plus meet next Saturday (Nov. 18). Among the jockeys intending to leave Churchill early are Miguel Mena, Shaun Bridgmohan, Gabriel Saez, Francisco Torres, and Jack Gilligan. Jimmy Graham, who last rode Nov. 4, is in his native Ireland for a brief vacation before returning for the Fair Grounds opener.

As previously reported, Corey Lanerie will ride regularly again at Fair Grounds after five winters at Gulfstream. Florent Geroux, the leading rider the last two years at Fair Grounds, will ride opening day, then return for the balance of the Churchill meet before returning to New Orleans.