Asmussen confident in Clairière ahead of Wednesday’s debut at 4 – Horse Racing News

Clairière wins the Cotillon

Stonestreet Stables’ Clairiere, the winner of the Rachel Alexandra (G2) presented by Fasig Tipton here at Fair Grounds and the Cotillion (G1) in Parx during a stellar 3-year campaign for trainer Steve Asmussen, is entered to make his debut as a 4-year-old in Wednesday’s seventh race, an allocation event conditional to crush 1 1/16 miles.

Curlin’s royal daughter out of multiple ranked stakes winning mare Cavorting, Clairiere was recently seen finishing fourth, beaten just three quarters in length, behind longshot March Lorraine in the Breeders’ Cup Distaff in Del Mar on 6 November. One more year and in the right hands, Clairière could be in line for a monster campaign.

“Honestly, all we have to do is be one length better than last year,” Asmussen said. “She couldn’t give us more confidence with the way she trains. It worked really well for Stonestreet, having two beautiful fillies in Pauline’s Pearl and Clairiere. With a great place to start Clairière in an allocation race conditioned, we will see which of the two will be able to run in the Apple Blossom.

Installed as a favorite in Mike Diliberto’s 4-5 morning line, Clariere will come off the four-for-seven position, and Joel Rosario has been named to roll.

With a distinct class advantage, Clairiere looms as the one to beat on Wednesday, but a win shouldn’t be taken for granted. Chief among its competitors is the aptly named Super Quick for Mary Lou Whitney Stables and trainer Norm Casse. A winner of three consecutive matches in gate-to-wire fashion, the Super Saver daughter will also make her debut at age 4. She was last seen dominating a second tier allowance field on a sloppy strip of Churchill Downs on November 12. Regular Super Quick rider Joe Talamo, who has yet to ride a horse at Fair Grounds this encounter, is close to reuniting with the expected leader 9-2 ML) from post three.

A one-time winner in eight trials on grass, Audrey’s Time of the Lothenbach Stables has taken her game to a new level since focusing on dirt. She has won two of her last four races since switching to the main track, including the locally run Joseph “Spanky” Broussard Memorial on Dec. 27. In the other two races she finished third behind Envoutante at Falls City (G2) in Churchill and she was most recently third behind Pauline’s Pearl in the Houston Ladies Distaff (G3). Jareth Loveberry will partner 5-year-old mare Uncle Mo from position six as the second choice 7-2.

Completing the field with post, jockey/trainer and morning line odds are: Thomas L. Holyfield’s It’sfiftyshadetime (post one scheduled in two, JA Guerrero/David Gomez, 20-1), the winner of back-to-back races at Delta Downs, including restricted entries; Maggi Moss’ Tizafeelin (scheduled as 1, Rene Diaz/Tom Amoss, 4-1), winner of back-to-back races since claiming $50,000 Nov. 19; Gulliver Racing’s Microcap (post five, James Graham/Grant Forster, 10-1), a four-time winner who will make his debut at 5; and Maggi Moss’ Misty Veil (post seven – scheduled as 1a, Rene Diaz/Tom Amoss, 4-1e), a two-time road allowance winner in the current Fair Grounds encounter.

The start time for Wednesday’s seventh race is scheduled for 4:05 p.m. CT. With a closing day on Sunday, March 27, Fair Grounds will run Wednesday through Sunday for the final two weeks of the competition. The draw for the Louisiana Derby Day card for Saturday March 26 will take place on Saturday March 19.

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