Heiligbrodt Racing Stable’s Hallway came from off the pace in Saturday’s $60,000 Mr. Sulu Stakes for a one-length win, denying defending champion
Desert Wheat (owned by
Wachtel Stable, Brous Stable and J. D. Lee) a third straight win in Fair
Grounds’ 1 1/16-mile race restricted to accredited Louisiana-breds.
The winner gave two-time Eclipse Award winning conditioner
Steve Asmussen a training triple and jockey
Jamie Theriot the third of his four wins on the second race day of the 2010-2011 racing season.
“He ran just like I thought he would,” said
Darren Fleming, the Fair
Grounds-based assistant trainer for Asmussen. “I think it was probably
in our favor that they took the race off the grass. He loves the mud and
he loves Fair Grounds.”
who defeated favored Desert Wheat by a nose in last year’s $60,000
Dixie Poker Ace Stakes when that stakes scheduled for the turf was
run on the main track, paid $9.80, $6.20 and $3.40 and accomplished the
distance over sloppy going in 1:46.89. He increased his career earnings
to $397,857 with his seventh career victory in 35 lifetime starts.
“The race set up great for his running style,” said Theriot. “I didn’t have to go around anybody and I had a perfect trip.”
Chief Jay, who set the
pace with early splits of 24.47 and 48.49, held the second spot at the
wire, finishing a length to the good of Desert Wheat, who closed late
but could not catch the top two.
Chief Jay returned $6 and $3.20 and Desert Wheat paid $2.40 in the show spot.