Silverbulletday first of two Oaks preps for Seaneen Girl
|Silverbulletday candidate Seaneen Girl (left) pulled off a surprise win in the Golden Rod in November
(Wendy Wooley/EquiSport Photos)
Seaneen Girl, heroine of the Grade 2 Golden Rod at Churchill Downs in her
last start November 24, is all set for her return to action in Saturday's
$125,000 Silverbulletday at Fair Grounds.
The Silverbulletday serves as the first leg of the New Orleans oval's
three-race sophomore filly series that leads to the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks on
Louisiana Derby Day, March 30.
Since the Golden Rod, Seaneen Girl's trainer Bernie Flint has steadfastly
maintained that his chestnut filly would make only two starts in New Orleans
before heading back to the Twin Spires oval for the Grade 1 Kentucky Oaks.
"I only need two races for her down here before we go back to Louisville,"
Flint said Tuesday morning during training hours. "The track has been really
good since we got here so she has come around really quickly. I didn't breeze
her again this morning because it wasn't quite as good as it has been, but we
galloped her a mile last week (January 8) and they gave her a bullet (:48 1/5)
for the half. How much better can you get?"
Should Seaneen Girl win this year's Fair Grounds Oaks, she would be in a
position to become the second straight Fair Grounds Oaks winner to parlay that
score to another in the Kentucky Oaks May 3.
Believe You Can accomplished the "Oaks Double" last season, notably after
first winning last year's Silverbulletday, and it is also worthy of note that
five of the last eight Fair Grounds Oaks winners have gone on to win the
Flashy Campaign, who broke her maiden at first asking at Fair Grounds on
November 25, breezed five furlongs Tuesday morning over a track rated good in
1:03 in advance of the Silverbulletday. The Tom Amoss trainee suffered from a
troubled trip when the runner-up in her second career appearance on December 28.
Another Silverbulletday candidate is Brotherhood Singer, who finished third
in Fair Grounds' $60,000 Letellier Memorial December 22.
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