Ride A Comet To Try Turf In Saturday Allowance Event
By Ryan Martin/Fair Grounds Barn Notes
John C. Oxley and My Meadowview Farm LLC’s Ride a Comet will make his first start on turf in Saturday’s seventh race, a one mile allowance event over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course for three-year-olds.
Trained by Mark Casse, the half-brother to 2017 Gr. I Belmont Stakes winner Tapwrit was a $375,000 purchase at the Ocala Breeders’ Sale last April and broke his maiden at fourth asking over the Fair Grounds main track last time out by 1½ lengths on Dec. 17. The race was originally scheduled for the turf but was moved to the main track due to weather.
“He’s a horse that’s always trained beautifully,” Casse’s assistant David Carroll said. “He’s got a great pedigree. It’s a little frustrating in the sense that he trains so well and wasn’t getting the job done. The last race came off the turf which made his job easier. He came out of the race really
well, I’m actually really anxious to see him on the turf because my gut feeling is the horse trained that well and to me he’s underperformed so far so it’s good to see him get his maiden broke. I want to see him on the turf and hopefully he’ll show us in the afternoon on the turf what he does in the morning.”
Gabriel Saez, the pilot in his last two efforts will return to the saddle for Saturday’s race.