NEW ORLEANS — Trainer Joan Scott will be returning to the Fair Grounds on Saturday for the inaugural running of the $75,000 Battle of New Orleans with Steve Ballou and Harriet Waldron’s Cor Cor.

The daughter of Smoke Glacken has been installed a 9-5 favorite in the morning line odds in the sprint for 3-year-old fillies over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course.

“We’re excited about her,” said Scott, speaking from the Tampa airport Friday as she awaited her flight to New Orleans. “She’s turned out to be a nice filly for us. She’s never run on the turf before, but maybe the race will be over before she figures out she’s on the grass.”

Cor Cor made her career debut running over the Polytrack at Keeneland last fall, and easily broke her maiden with a front-running 2 3/4-length tally. Then, she made her next start in Tampa’s $68,000 Sandpiper Stakes while still a juvenile and won that with wire-to-wire tactics.

However, she finished second to Stonestreet Stables’ highly regarded Kauai Katie in Gulfstream’s Grade III Old Hat Stakes on New Year’s Day in her last trip to the post.

Post time for Saturday’s races is 1 p.m.