If the wide way around Fair Grounds’ Stall-Wilson
turf course listed as “good” worked once, why not try it again?
That’s what red-hot jockey John Jacinto thought as
he guided Steve Garber’s Tensas Cat to a mostly front-running score by
two lengths in the 25th renewal of the $60,000 Gentilly Stakes as
Saturday’s finale at the New
Earlier in the afternoon under Jacinto, Charles Zacney and
Edward Johnston’s Ladyzarbridge broke in full stride from the outside
post, made the pace throughout while remaining wide but continued willingly to
win Saturday’s $60,000 Sarah Lane’s Oates Stakes by 7 3/4-lengths at
about one mile over the same Stall-Wilson turf course.
That wide winning run was all part of the racing strategy
conveyed to jockey Jacinto in pre-race instructions for the Sarah
Lane’s Oates, restricted to accredited
Louisiana-bred 3-year-old fillies. “The trainer told me she’s in a great spot
out there because that was the best part of the track,” said Jacinto in
post-race comments after the filly race. “He wanted me to stay out there
because it was firmer out there,” added the rider who was coming off a four-win
day on Friday’s Fair Grounds program.
enjoying an extremely high win percentage meeting here, co-owns Ladyzarbridge
with Zacney, who is one of the principals in the Cash is King Stable which
owned Afleet Alex.
Ladyzarbridge paid $12.60, $6.60 and $3.40, toured the
distance in 1:40.83 after setting early splits of 25.13 and 50.34, and
increased her career earnings to $80,370 with her third win in five lifetime
Northpointe Thoroughbreds’ The Rumor’s True finished
second, a half-length in front of Heiligbrodt Racing Stable’s Lunar Fest,
paying $4.20 and $2.60 as the choice of the fans while Lunar Fest paid $2.40
for the show.
Seven races later (and three wins later for Jacinto, who
was completing a five-win afternoon after riding four winners Friday) the
jockey said after the Gentilly, “I knew where the best part of the track was,
so I stayed out there again.”
Gentilly winner Tensas Cat, owned and trained by Garvey
(retiring sheriff of Mississippi’s
still in his first year as a licensed trainer), paid $10.40, $5.60 and $3.40,
toured the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:46.21, and
increased his career earnings to $74,550 with his second win in five career
Heiligbrodt Racing Stable’s Heavenville, always well
placed, finished second by a head in the race for accredited sophomore
Louisiana-breds paying $4.40 and $3.20, while the third place runner was Kevin
Mullikin’s Pioneering Native, who paid $7.80 to show.
Vinery Stables’ Dynamic Time set the early fractions
of 23.91 and 49.57 before tiring to 11th at the finish.
Racing resumes Sunday at Fair Grounds with a 10-race
program beginning at 12:40 p.m.