After alternating for the lead most of the way in Friday’s $41,000 filly and mare feature, Jay Em Ess Stable’s
outgamed Maynard Farm and JVH Inc.’s
to be best by a head at the wire and give defending jockey champion
his third of four wins during the afternoon program at Fair Grounds.
race, originally scheduled for the grass, was run at 1 1/16-miles on
the main track following heavy rain earlier in the week.
returned mutuels of $5.40, $3 and $2.40, toured the distance in 1:46.54
and increased her career earnings to $93,400 with her second victory in
10 lifetime starts.
Bears made the pace with early splits of 24.28 and 48.77, could not
withstand the winner at the wire but continued willingly to save the
place by a half-length and pay mutuels of $4 and $3.
Pearl of Valor launched a mild bid to gain the show spot and pay $5.
Albarado won Friday’s opener aboard Tomisue Hilbert and John Menard’s
Art Got Even, returned to the winner’s circle after the seventh on Patricia Pavlish’s
How Far to Heaven, took the feature on Shameless and came right back in the finale astride Dorothy Wimberly’s
resumes Saturday at Fair Grounds with an 11-race program beginning at
12:40 p.m. showcasing the 2010 debut of Horse of the Year
Rachel Alexandra in the inaugural running of $200,000
New Orleans Ladies.