On Fire Baby returns in Locust Grove at Churchill Downs

09/03/2014 2:39 PM

09/03/2014 4:17 PM

Louisville, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - Highly regarded mare On Fire Baby gets back into action Saturday in Churchill Downs' $100,000 Locust Grove Stakes going 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

Trained by Gary Hartlage, On Fire Baby resumes racing after an 11 week vacation. The 5-year-old will start from post 3 in the seven-horse field with Joe Johnson riding, the only jockey the mare has ever carried.

On Fire Baby, owned by Anita Cauley, last competed in Churchill's Fleur de Lis Stakes when she was fifth as the 13-10 favorite behind Locust Grove entrant Molly Morgan. In her first three starts of 2014, On Fire Baby was fourth in the Azeri and second in the Apple Blossom, both at Oaklawn Park, and won the La Troienne at Churchill on Kentucky Oaks Day.

"She came out of her last race with some problems," Hartlage said. "It wasn't leg problems or anything; she just had some ulcers that were bothering her. We got everything cleared up and all systems are 'go' for Saturday."

On Fire Baby has earned $1,089,018 with six wins in 16 career starts.

Molly Morgan will break from the outside post in the Locust Grove with her regular rider Corey Lanerie aboard. The 5-year-old mare, owned by Bill Cubbedge and trained by Dale Romans, was sixth in last year's Locust Grove.

Four weeks ago, Molly Morgan won the Gardenia Stakes at Ellis Park as the 4-5 favorite for her second win of the year to go along with her Fleur de Lis victory. She was second to On Fire Baby in the La Troienne before a fifth in the Delaware Handicap.

With six wins in 23 lifetime starts, Molly Morgan has banked $450,739.

Here is the field for the Locust Grove in post position order: Baby Fresh, Ricardo Santana Jr.; Tapit's World, Chris Landeros; On Fire Baby, Joe Johnson; Frivolous, Brian Hernandez Jr.; Ria Antonia, Joel Rosario; Don't Tell Sophia, Joe Rocco Jr. and Molly Morgan, Corey Lanerie.

Post time for the Locust Grove will be approximately 4:24 p.m. ET.

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