11/26/2010 5:00PM

Texan making his presence known at Fair Grounds

Lou Hodges Jr.
Milwaukee Miracle, Donnie Meche up, wins the 2009 Gentilly.

NEW ORLEANS – Say this about trainer Bob Young: He is not shy about entering his horses.

Young, a Texan, is spending his first winter at Fair Grounds, and he has come out running. No wins yet, but when the first racing week of this meet ends Sunday, Young, barring scratches, will have sent out 11 starters. On Saturday’s card alone, he was to have six runners.

“I just had horses that fit the book here,” Young said while waiting to saddle Arrowmaker, who would finish second in the second race on a sloppy Friday afternoon at Fair Grounds. “I was surprised so many got in.”

Young is from Bandera, Texas, near San Antonio, and at one point years ago, Young figured to be training around his home most of the year. But as purses at Texas tracks have fallen, Young has had to seek better opportunities out of state, and the last two years he has stabled at Delta Downs in Vinton, La. This year, Young decided to try his stock at Fair Grounds.

“I’ve raced here before,” said Young, who sent Louisiana-bred Milwaukee Miracle to win a stakes race at Fair Grounds last season.

Young has two horses entered on Sunday’s card, including Fiesty Day, one of 14 horses in the main body of co-featured race 7, which is open to Louisiana-bred allowance horses or $20,000 claimers. Fiesty Day is one of many horses entered under the $20,000 claiming option. A couple horses running under allowance conditions, Tensas Cat and Big Adam, look stronger than most of the claimers.

Mambo Galliano pointed to Bonapaw

Mambo Galliano, winner of the Thanksgiving Handicap, came out of his win here Thursday in good physical condition and will be pointed to the $60,000 Bonapaw Stakes here on Dec. 19, though the Thanksgiving was on dirt and the Bonapaw is scheduled for turf. Mambo Galliano has shown his best form on dirt and synthetic, but his lone turf try came in a tough Arlington stakes won by BC Turf Sprint winner Chamberlain Bridge.

“That wasn’t a bad race he ran at Arlington,” said owner-trainer Louie Roussel.

Snakebite Kit may rule division

Snakebite Kit was not entered in Friday’s Mr. Sulu Stakes for Louisiana-bred grass horses, but the Mr. Sulu was rained on to the main track anyway, and trainer Eddie Johnston said he’s perfectly content training Snakebite Kit up to the Louisiana Champions Day Turf on Dec. 11.

Snakebite Kit figures to lead the Louisiana-bred older-male turf division, if all goes well, during the Fair Grounds meet. He most recently finished sixth in the $100,000 Gold Cup at Delta Downs, but that was a dirt race on a tight, six-furlong track, and Snakebite Kit is much better on grass, especially at Fair Grounds. At the 2009-2010 meet here, Snakebite Kit compiled a perfect 4-4 record, winning three races on grass and another – less impressively – on the main track.