McLean’s Updated Handicapping Stats at the Fair Grounds

(Diamond Seeker’s first foal — Seek N Justice — will make his career debut at the Fair Grounds on Sunday. Wish us luck.)

Day Results8-3-0-2
2019 Overall 112112/35-35-58
Win % of Top Pick31.25%
Payoff % of Top 3 Picks Overall38.10%
2019 Top Pick in the Money –71 of 11263.39%
Top Selection ITM / FG Nov-Mar 198-29168.04%
Top Selection Win / FG Nov-Mar 108-29137.11%
“Key Horses” @ FG Nov-Mar 64-30-15-546.88%
“Key Horses” in 2019 37-14-8-237.84%

We managed to boot home three winners out of the eight races carded on Sunday, with two of our “Key Plays of the Day” both managing to win. In addition, we cashed for exactas that returned $35.70, $25.70 and $18.50 for each $1 wagered.

Now, we head into a few days off to catch our breath and rev up for another exciting week of racing at the historic and beautiful Fair Grounds in New Orleans. And, we have something really exciting to look forward to, as well.

(Seek N Justice on the track this weekend / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Seek N Justice, our 3YO colt out of Diamond Seeker, will make his career debut on Sunday for trainer Buff Bradley. Looking forward to seeing the little man strut to the gate for the first time.

(Diamond Seeker grazed in her paddock in 2017)

Brings back some memories, for sure. His mom, Diamond Seeker, raced there, and she sure looked like she could be a good thing before busting a knee in her second career start. In her career debut, she ran fifth — beaten about 4 lengths — by a filly that turned out to be a Graded Stakes winner, who ran in the Breeders’ Cup Fillies & Mares Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs last November.

We lost Diamond Seeker last winter, when she had a bout of colic after delivering her third foal. But maybe she can give us a little luck — heaven sent — on Sunday.


The horse broke well today,” Gaffalione said. “I had the horse inside, Dunph, going to the lead and then (Gun It) showed a little bit of speed. When I saw they were intent on going I just tried to get him back and got him to relax. He came back to me nicely and settled well down the backside. Got a little keen going into the far turn and wanted to move a little early. But I didn’t want to take too much away from him so I tried to sit as long as I could. He was waiting on horses down the lane but I kept him at task and there was plenty of horse there.”

“Mark (Casse, the trainer) and his team have done a great job,” Gaffalione said. “They’ve had a ton of confidence in this horse the whole way. It’s just an honor to be able to ride the horse. He’s just so professional, trains great and he’s a pleasure to be around.”

Tyler Gaffalione, Rode of War of Will to victory in the G2 Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds
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