Worlds On High Tops Magnolia
Distance runners to line up in Louisiana Downs stakes.
February 6, 2014
Kris Locklear’s Marathon Stakes winner Worlds On High meets Walter Alford’s impressive allowance winner Downtown Forrest in the $35,000 Magnolia Stakes over 870 yards at Louisiana Downs on Saturday afternoon.
Worlds On High (Game Patriot-Sissyisonahigh by On A High) has been on a roll since winning an 870-yard optional-claiming race by 6 lengths back in October at Evangeline Downs. Including that victory, the veteran gelding has posted three wins and a second in his four latest outs for trainer Vann Haywood. Worlds On High has capped this hot streak with a 3 1/2-length win in the $15,000 Marathon Stakes over the Louisiana Downs track. He went to the lead and then drew out to the handy win as the 7-10 favorite.
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The 7-year-old gelding started his 51-race career as a $5,000 maiden claimer and has gone on to score 13 wins, 12 seconds and five thirds while earning $229,433.
Downtown Forrest (Beau Brummel SA-Cece Chicado Classic by Special Effort) stepped forward in an $18,000 allowance race, his most recent start, and makes his stakes debut in the Magnolia. He set the pace and then pulled out to a 2-length win in the allowance. The Carl Crawford-trained gelding had a win and a second against optional-claiming rivals before his allowance victory.
Douglas Traylor’s Rocky Mountain Fly (Panther Mountain-Dealafly by Strawfly Special) tries to rebound after two off-the-board performances as the favorite in each race. The Kenny Roberts Sr.-trained gelding earned that favoritism after winning three-straight races, including the $50,000 Live Oak Stakes and the $50,000 Faubourg St. John Stakes.
The winner of seven of 17 starts, Rocky Mountain Fly also won the 2012 Louisiana Champions Day Derby (RG3).
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