Mrs. Jerry Amerman’s Tetradrachm,
always well placed, gained the advantage in mid-stretch and withstood a late challenge from Gus King’s
Proper Empire to score a
neck victory in Friday night’s featured $46,000 middle-distance maiden
event that highlighted the first Starlight Racing program of the New
Orleans 2011-2012 racing season.
Paul McGee and ridden by Corey Lanerie,
Tetradrachm paid $29, $8.40 and $4.60, accomplished the 1 1/16-mile
distance in 1:45.76, and increased his career earnings to $32,565
with his initial victory in three lifetime starts.
Empire, unhurried early, launched a belated bid to gain the place,
paying $4.20 and $2.60, while Jerry Durant’s odds-on favorite
Sir Bond challenged in mid-stretch but weakened late to finish a neck farther back to return a $2.10 show price.
Money Only and Erich Brehm and Gene Voss’s
Speargun alternated for the early lead with splits of 24.36 and 48.89 but tired in the lane.
Racing resumes Saturday at Fair Grounds with a 10-race program beginning at 12:40 p.m.