We haven’t seen the last of Eagle, the favorite entering Saturday’s Grade III $200,000 Lecomte Stakes at the Fair Grounds who finished seventh.
The tougher question: When and where will we again see the 3-year-old with so much promise?
His trainer, Neil Howard, said such a decision is about two weeks away. While Howard hasn’t eliminated Eagle’s opportunity to make amends for last weekend’s finish in the Kentucky Derby prep race, he’s uncommitted to future plans.
From post 11, Saturday’s race exposed good and bad in Eagle’s execution.
“You’ve got to remember that only 20 horses get (to the Kentucky Derby) and only about eight are good enough to win it,” Howard said. “We’ll see.”
Sometimes, qualifying isn’t enough.
Last year, Albano was withdrawn from Kentucky Derby consideration by owner and breeder Brereton C. Jones despite qualifying through a sliding points scale.
“At this stage, everybody is just hoping they have the right horse,” said Hall of Fame trainer Larry Jones, who trains Albano.
‘Boo Boo’ gets noticed
Longtime jockey Kerwin “Boo Boo” Clark has been inducted into the 20th class of the St. Bernard Sports Hall of Fame.
Born and raised in Lafayette, Clack and his wife have lived in St. Bernard for nearly two decades.
Clark, 55, starting riding in 1975 and hasn’t stopped, spending plenty of weekends at the Fair Grounds. He’s participated in more than 22,000 professional races, with more than 2,700 wins.
“Right now, I’m having more fun riding horses than I even have in the last 30 years,” Clark said. “I’m going to ride this out as long as possible.”
While he believes his riding posture has changed, he also said he’s making better racing decisions.
In 2011, Clark finished 14th while riding Decisive Moment in the Kentucky Derby. Currently, he’s riding horses under the training care of Jones.
“Those kind of horses make your job really, really easy,” Clark said. “They’re all top-notch horses and they’re running in the bigger and the better races. It keeps you younger.”
Ready for debut
Look for Shook Up, a racing product of trainer Steve Asmussen, to make her stakes debut Feb. 21 in the Grade III $175,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes. On Jan. 3, Shook Up turned heads with a win by 131/2 lengths.
Shook Up is the daughter of leading sire Tapit and Grade I winner Sugar Shake.
Ready for a break
String King is going to take a break.
The 7-year-old gelding is scheduled to miss the Grade III $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap on Feb. 21, part of the older horse turf series at the Fair Grounds, saving the effort for the Grade II $400,000 Mervin H. Muniz, Jr. Memorial Handicap (Mar. 28).