Zayat Stables’ Bravo Habibi,
away alertly and never far back, rallied boldly in the final furlong
to be best by a length and a half in Sunday’s $46,000 Fair Grounds
feature restricted to 3-year-old maidens and contested at about 5
1/2-furlongs over a Stall-Wilson turf course rated
Shaun Bridgmohan and trained by Steve Asmussen, the winner returned mutuels of $4.40, $2.80 and $2.40, toured the distance in 1:05.36 and increased his career earnings
to $35,533 with his initial win from four lifetime starts.
Elizabeth Tobin and Joe Vaudo’s
Hilarium pressed the pace
most of the way, gained the advantage briefly in mid-stretch, could not
withstand the winner but saved the place, paying $4 and $3.40 while
holding off Woodford Racing’s
Marching Orders, who returned $5.80 to show.