Commanding Curve is being pointed for the Grade II Risen Star Stakes, and Albano remains on course.
“Yes, that’s where we’re headed with him,” Dallas Stewart said of Commanding Curve, who last raced on Nov. 30, winning for the first time. “This horse broke his maiden very impressively in his last start at Churchill Downs, and he had very good five-furlong work when we first got him down here.
The reference work was a bullet :59.80 on Jan. 5.
“Since that bullet five-furlong breeze, he’s had three other six-furlong moves,” Stewart said. “We plan on giving him a couple of more works between now and the Risen Star, but we’re very pleased with the way this horse has come along for us and we’re looking forward to this next race.”
Commanding Curve, out of a Lion Hearted mare, is by Master Command, who is remembered locally for winning the Grade II New Orleans Handicap in 2007 at Fair Grounds.
Albano Stays on Course
Albano breezed earlier this week, and trainer Larry Jones, while not 100% high on, was positive.
Albano won the Sugar Bowl at Fair Grounds in December and was runner-up in the Lecomte Stakes on Jan. 18. He went five-eighths in 1:02 flat this week, while Divine Beauty, runner-up in the Silverbulletday Stakes Jan. 18 and a candidate for the Rachel Alexandra Stakes, went the same distance in 1:03.60.
“She’s done that to me once before,” said Jones in reference to the filly’s maintenance move, “but she bounced back from that work and ran a very good race for me. Actually, I think Divine Beauty is a little bit further along in her training than Albano is right now. She’s a little bit closer to where I want to be with her than he is. But they’re both coming along well in their training lately and I’m very pleased with both of them.”
Edited Fair Grounds release