Norman Miller III and Norman Miller IV’s
Bluehard pressed the pace, took command at the furlong grounds and
drew off late to capture Friday’s $41,000 Fair Grounds feature for
accredited Louisiana-breds by 2 1/4-lengths.
The allowance and $12,500 optional claiming
race for older horses was contested at six furlongs.
Norman Miller III, Bluehard was ridden by
James Graham and returned
mutuels of $12.60, $5.40 and $3.80, toured the distance in 1:11.41 and
increased his career earnings to $235,314 with his seventh lifetime win
in 39 career starts.
Brent Gasaway and Ian Yarnot’s
Power Surge, allowed to
settle early, launched a belated bid to be clearly second best, paying
$3.60 and $3.20 while finishing a length to the good of Leone Racing’s
Wish You Gold, who returned $3.40 to show.
Southern Equine Stables’
Dynamic Resource made the pace with splits of 22.10 and 45.70 before weakening after the eighth pole.