2014 Colonel Bradley & Louisiana Handicaps

2014 Louisiana Handicap

Prayer for ReliefOk its time for me to go back to work or “suffer the consequences” says my son Mike. I don’t know what consequences he’s talking about since I own controlling interest in this company, but I’ll play along. I am going to preview the $100,000 Louisiana Handicap to be run at 11/16 miles for four year olds and upward and the Grade 3 Colonel Brady Handicap with a purse of $125,000 going a distance of 11/16 miles over the turf course for four year olds and upward. The morning line favorite for the Louisiana Handicap is Steve Asmussen’s Prayer for Relief. This is a sentimental favorite of mine because I was doing some heavy duty praying for relief for myself back in December. And my prayers were answered. God is really good. But let’s get back to handicapping this horse’s chances of winning this race. He won the Tenacious Handicap by 6 lengths. That was on December 21, which was oddly enough, about the time I was making my recovery from the sickness that attacked me. However his previous win came way back in August at Remington Park. His campaigns have been like 2 starts and then a month off and then 2 starts and a month off. I don’t quite know what to make of that. Second choice in the ML is Tom Amoss’s Grand Contender. He won 3 in a row before finishing 4th to Prayer for Relief in the Tenacious. FordubaiHe carried 119 that day and today is saddled with 118. Rosie Napravnik was aboard that day, but today she has opted to ride Prayer for Relief. It is obvious that she believes that Prayer is the better mount.And the third choice in the morning line is Steve Margolis’ Agent Di Nozzo. He has finished behind Prayer and Grand Contender in his last two races. However he is getting weight off after both those races. His last win came in July at Indiana Downs in a $100,000 race. So this is a toughie. You have some good contenders in the race and I believe it will be fiercely contested. But I believe there will be an upset in this one. Greg Geier’s Fordubai is working like the wind in the mornings. Normally I don’t like horses that have a race pattern like his but I will make an exception in this one. He has ran competitively in Graded stakes races and I think they have him wound tight for this one. So I see it as Fordubai first, Prayer for Relief second and Street Spice third.

Grade 3 Colonel Bradley Handicap

Speaking of WhichNow for the Colonel Bradley Handicap which is a Grade 3 event. The Morning line favorite is Steve Asmussen’s Daddy Nose Best. His latest win came when he charged from next to last to win by 3 lengths in a 75k handicap race at the Fair Grounds. He has run in Graded stakes before but hasn’t fared well in them. He carries 122 pounds and will have the services of Rosie Napravnik. Second in the ML is Christophe Clement’s Speaking of Which. He is a shipper coming in from Calder fresh off of a victory in a Grade 3 race there. He likes the turf a lot and is very competitive in Graded stakes events. Third choice is Charles Smith’s String King. This Louisiana bred has been no worse than 3rd in his last ten races and was third only once in that stretch. While most of his races were against Louisiana bred, he was 2nd in this race last year against open company. He is really a consistent race horse. My picks are Speaking of Which 1st, String King 2nd and Daddy Nose Best 3rd. Good luck gals and guys!



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