Tapwrit Half-Brother Stars In Fair Grounds Maiden Race On Saturday

The most intriguing undercard race on Saturday at the Fair Grounds is easily race 2, an open 2-year-old mile and 70-yard maiden topped by Ride a Comet, a Candy Ride (Arg) half-brother to 2017 Belmont Stakes winner Tapwrit. Trained by Mark Casse and owned by John C. Oxley and My Meadowview Farm, the son of Candy Ride will be making his third career start and second around two turns. He has been seventh in both his tries, but showed market improvement from his first to second tries. Gabriel Saez rides from post six.

“I’m expecting big things with him,” Casse said. “He has a lot of talent and has a great pedigree. He made a really nice middle move last time at Churchill. I think he should improve.”

The $375,000 OBS April purchase’s toughest competition could come from the always-dangerous barn of Mike Stidham, which sends out a pair of live juveniles. Small Batch Thoroughbreds’ Pucon makes his second start after an eye-catching debut at Delaware, in which he closed from seven lengths back to lose by three-quarters of a length in second going six furlongs. The son of Paynter stretches out and picks up Michell Murrill from post seven.

Stidham also sends out a good-looking son of Super Saver named Cutter Helm for his debut. A long-striding type, he was a $150,000 Keeneland September 2016 purchase for owner OXO Equine and has been working well, including a 1:02 flat local gate move on Nov. 11. Jack Gilligan rides from post four.

“Pucon has some talent and at Delaware first time out he ran well and actually ran a little better than expectations,” Stidham said. “He’s continued to train well since that race and we look for a move forward again. He’s a distance-looking horse and is doing well and shipped well coming down here from Fair Hill. He’s narrow and leggy, but not a heavy horse, and should take well to two turns.

“Cutter Helm is one that impresses you as a true two-turn horse,” Stidham continued. “He’s big and tall and in the morning has shown us some decent ability. He’s not strikingly quick, but he keeps coming and gallops out strong.”

Others worth watching are Midwest Thoroughbreds’ Much Trouble, a promising son of top sire Into Mischief who makes his third start for Tom Amoss from post nine with Miguel Mena, DARRS Inc.’s Shiitake, a son of Uncle Mo who has every right to improve upon a no-show performance first out at Churchill Downs on Oct. 1 for Brendan Walsh, and Whispering Oaks Farm’s Simba’s Pride, a well-bred son of Animal Kingdom who has been working extremely well at Evangeline for trainer Steve Flint. James Graham has the call from post two on Shiitake and defending champion jockey Florent Geroux rides Simba’s Pride from the three-hole.

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