Cathy and Bob Zollars’ Daddy Nose Best
proved wisest of all under a patient ride by jockey David Flores
to win Saturday’s $75,000 “Buddy” Diliberto Memorial Handicap at about 1
1/16-miles over the Stall-Wilson turf course by 3 ½-lengths.
Giving the tandem of Flores and Steve Asmussen their second straight win on Santa Super Saturday at
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Daddy Nose Best paid $8, $5.20
and $4, he accomplished the distance in 1:44.53 and increased his career
earnings to $867,303 with his eighth win in 23 career starts.
“He had great acceleration from the half-mile pole to the quarter
pole and that’s when I went around the group,” said Flores. “When you
have the best horse it is best that way.”
Long shot early leader Adios Nardo, owned by Diamond
Racing et al., could not match the winner late held on to be easily
second best after setting early fractions of 23.01 and 46.89. He
returned $24.60 and $12.20. Three lengths in arrears of Adios Nardo was
La Marca Stable’s Compliance Officer, who returned $5.80.
CLASS INCLUDED TOPS IN $75,000 BLUSHING K. D. ‘CAP
Brittlyn Stable’s Class Included, away fastest, pressed the early leader and drew clear in the stretch under Shaun Bridgmohan to win Saturday’s $75,000 Blushing K . D. Handicap by a 1 ¾-lengths.
“This is a very smart filly,” said Bridgmohan after the race for
older fillies and mares at about 1 1/16-miles over a firm Stall-Wilson
turf course. “She’s a real straight shooter. All I had to do was to
keep her out of trouble and let her run her race.”
Trained by Ron Faucheux, the 5-year-old mare
returned mutuels of $6.40, $3.40 and $2.80 and came home in 1.45.93
after tracking the early splits of 23.89 and 48.92. She increased her
career earnings to $552,146 with her 12th win in 23 lifetime starts.
Ronnie Werner et al.’s Bluegrass Sapphire finished second, paying $8.40 and $5.20 with Hill ‘n’ Dale Equine Holdings’ Twirl third, returning $5.80 to show.