12/13/2005 12:00AM

Streaking Mouton runs 3 more


The trainer Pat Mouton won at a 15 percent rate last week at the Fair Grounds meet at Louisiana Downs. That is, Mouton won 15 percent of all 40 races run between Thursday and Sunday.

"That was a pretty good week," Mouton said.

Mouton's six-win week gave him nine for the meet, capped by two stakes wins on Louisiana Champions Day. He has three horses entered on Thursday's card, including Run to the Border in the ninth, a second-level turf allowance with a $40,000 claiming option that lets Run to the Border into the race. And like almost all of Mouton's starters here, Run to the Border looks like a contender.

Mouton started winning opening day, Nov. 19, and has sent out a wave of well-meant, well-spotted horses.

"We had a little bit of time since the end of the Louisiana Downs meet, and we took the time to do some maintenance work," he said. "We wormed them, did their teeth, freshened them up, and they came into this meet ready to go."

Mouton and owner Stanley Seelig claimed Run to the Border for $40,000 last February at Fair Grounds, and while the horse has performed well in eight subsequent starts, he has failed to win.

"We have had a few bad trips with him, gotten in some trouble, but basically he's a good, honest horse," said Mouton. "If things go his way he's got a shot to win. He's a big, bulky horse and once he gets rolling he's fine, but it's hard to get him rolling again if you get him stopped."

This is not the case with One Tuff Fox, a quick, handy turf horse who will contend in the Thursday feature if he runs after a four-month layoff in the same form he showed in July.

"He's working good," said the trainer Keith Bourgeois. "He can run fresh. I don't see where he's going to need a race or something."

Fair Grounds fans may remember One Tuff Fox from a dirt race in New Orleans in March of 2002. Trained then by Richard Dutrow Jr., One Tuff Fox won a 3-year-old route allowance in a fast time, but as quickly as you can say Triple Crown, One Tuff Fox was gone. He raced only twice more that year, and had dropped all the way down into $14,000 claimer in New York before winding up in Louisiana with Bourgeois. A switch to turf turned One Tuff Fox around, and he won two in a row impressively on this turf course last summer.