Tis the season of giving, and Fair Grounds, hosting a rare Wednesday card, has offered up to horseplayers its strongest weekday program so far this 2010-11 racing season. The 10-race card kicks off with an open maiden special weight, includes a fairly appealing Louisiana-bred turf starter allowance, a Louisiana-bred entry-level allowance, and, better still, an open second-level turf-sprint allowance. Even then, the stocking isn&rsquo;t stuffed: Featured is race 7, a high-end turf-route allowance also open to $80,000 claimers.\r\nAs for holiday generosity, the conditions of race 7 come gift-wrapped for morning-line favorite Gran Estreno. The race, carded at 1 1/16 miles on turf, is for horses who haven&rsquo;t won $36,000 twice since June 22, but various types of races, such as claimers, don&rsquo;t count against a horse&rsquo;s eligibility. Gran Estreno has won twice since that date, but the second of those wins was for a $100,000 claiming tag. His other win came in the Grade 3 Washington Park Handicap, and Gran Estreno exits a second-place finish Dec. 4 at Fair Grounds in the Diliberto Memorial Handicap: To say he&rsquo;s a strong fit in the Wednesday feature is to say too little.\r\nBut Gran Estreno figures to go postward well below his 7-5 morning-line odds. Though he ran well enough in the Diliberto, the performance marked Gran Estreno&rsquo;s first on-the-board finish in three starts over the Fair Grounds grass course, and Gran Estreno, on the cusp of his 8th birthday, returns after just 17 days&rsquo; rest. Perhaps worse still, there are just five other horses entered in the Wednesday feature, and for some reason, the combination of a standout favorite and a short field often produces a less-than-obvious outcome. Maybe Gran Estreno isn&rsquo;t such a cinch after all.\r\nTwo other Diliberto runners are among Gran Estreno&rsquo;s opponents. Ready Set finished seventh in the race, Caberneigh fifth, and both horses raced closer to the pace than they&rsquo;d prefer. But perhaps more dangerous than the Diliberto two is Cross Village, who hasn&rsquo;t started since a ninth-place finish in the Grade 3 Arlington Handicap on July 17. Cross Village is a 4-year-old with only eight grass starts, and he was showing signs of serious improvement over the summer. Working at Hawthorne for his comeback, Cross Village has posted a series of encouraging workouts, and his trainer, Ingrid Mason, has won with four of her last eight starters returning from layoffs similar to that of Cross Village.