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Lone Sailor favored in Saturday’s Mineshaft Handicap at Fair Grounds

Lone Sailor had a good, if not impressive 3-year-old racing season.

However, something happened along the way that has trainer Tom Amoss very optimistic about the potential for Lone Sailor’s 4-year-old campaign. That will begin Saturday in the Mineshaft Handicap, part of Louisiana Derby Preview Day at the Fair Grounds.

“I think it has a lot to do with him growing up mentally, understanding racing and getting competitive,” Amoss said. “I think he was late to the the party getting to understand about competition and wanting to compete. So, I think that’s the biggest thing that has changed from the end of his 3-year-old campaign to the beginning.”

Lone Sailor, a Majestic Warrior colt out of Ambitious by Mr. Greeley, is the early 7-2 favorite in the Mineshaft. It is the first of two $150,000 races for 4-year-olds and up and will be contested over a mile and a sixteenth on the dirt track. The other is the Fair Grounds Handicap, which will be run on the turf over a mile and an eighth immediately following the Mineshaft.

The day’s biggest races are the $400,000 Risen Star Stakes for top 3-year-old Kentucky Derby hopefuls, and the $200,000 Rachel Alexandra Stakes for top 3-year-old fillies.

Harlan Punch, trained by Brad Cox and with jockey Florent Geroux up, is the 4-1 second favorite in the Mineshaft, with Flameaway, Mark Casse and Tyler Gaffalione, is next at 5-1.

Lone Sailor, owned by Saints and Pelicans owner Gayle Benson, is coming …