Brittlyn Stable’s Gantry had not raced on grass since
September of 2011and had made 15 starts since then, but the 7-year-old
Pulpit gelding returned to it with a late-charging relish to capture
Saturday’s $60,000 Colonel Power Stakes by 1 ¼-lengths over the
Stall-Wilson turf course at Fair Grounds & Slots.
“His mother was a good turf horse and we always wanted to try him on it,” said winning trainer Ron Faucheux. “This race seemed like the right spot. This race opens up a lot more opportunities for us.”
Allowed to settle early, Gantry closed well between the leaders under jockey Richard Eramia
when set down for the drive and proved clearly best at the wire. He
returned mutuels of $8.20, $5.40 and $3.80, toured the about 5
½-furlongs over firm going in 1:03.99 and increased his career earnings
to $816,245 with his 10th win in 23 lifetime starts.
Two years ago at Fair Grounds, he swept the local three-race sprint
series over the main track and won this season’s $100,000 Thanksgiving
Handicap on that same service.
“He relaxed very good for me,” said regular rider Eramia, “and really got going in the last quarter.”
Team Forster 131’s Positive Side, also without
speed, rallied late to gain the place, paying $24.20 and $7.80 while
finishing a half-length to the good of Martin Racing’s Marchman, who returned $4.60.
Klaravich Stable and William Lawrences’s favored Sum of the Parts made the pace with splits of 21.58 and 45.52 but weakened to finish fourth.
Bet Seattle, Expecting Cash and Artest completed the order of finish