After launching a strong bid between rivals in the stretch run, Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein’s
Miz Ida proved best by three-quarters of a length in Saturday’s fifth running of the
$75,000 Allen LaCombe Memorial Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Shaun Bridgmohan and trained by
Steve Margolis, the daughter of red hot sire Proud Citizen returned
mutuels of $24.80, $11.40 and $7, toured the about 7 1/2-furlong
distance over the
Stall-Wilson turf course
rated yielding in 1:34.23 and increased her career earnings to $98,653
with her third win in five lifetime trips to the post.
“This horse is named for a Holocaust survivor
(Ida Schultz),” said Margolis after the race. “She’s a friend of Bert and Elaine’s who is just a wonderful lady and lives in
South Florida now. She is one more ray
of sunshine down there. She’s very happy to have this horse named after
her. We’ve had this race in mind for this horse since she won her last
race down here (Dec. 21).”
jockey Bridgmohan had additional praise
for the Allen LaCombe Memorial winner – a race named in honor of Fair
Grounds late revered longtime publicity director who died in 1989.
a nice, gutsy kind of horse who should
get a lot of credit, because she did a lot of things today on her own,”
the rider said. “She ran hard all the way. All I had to do was keep her
out of trouble.”
Firehouse Red finished
second in the “Black Cat” – named for Fair Grounds’ legendary publicity
director who passed away in 1989 – paying $6.20 and $4.80 while
finishing three-quarters of a length in front of Whitehall
Lane Farm’s Citizen Advocate, who paid $6 to show after early splits of 25.80 and 50.92.
IKE GETS UP IN $75,000 BLACK GOLD STAKES
Fletcher & Carolyn Gray’s Icon Ike
raced alone in mid-pack before rallying on the outside under leading rider
Rosie Napravnik to win Saturday’s co-featured $75,000 Black Gold Stakes for 3-year-olds at Fair Grounds.
Larry Jones, the leading stakes-winning conditioner this season,
the Kentucky-bred son of Yes It’s True completed the 7 ½ furlongs over
the yielding Stall-Wilson turf course in 1:32.85.
of Order – who set the early fractions of 25.93 and 49.75 – crossed
the wire in second, but was placed fourth for interference in the
stretch after drifting out twice. The disqualification resulted in Don
Pure Tactics being placed second, while Terry Hamilton’s betting favorite
Hammers Terror was elevated to third in the official order.
Ike won for the third time this meet,
improving his career record to 6-3-0-1 and increasing his career
earnings to $98,344. The winner returned $25, $10.20 and $5.40. Pure
Tactics paid $5 and $3.20, while Hammers Terror was worth $3 for a $2