Gainesway Thoroughbreds’ odds-on favorite Small Kitchen
broke in full stride to make the pace and drew off late to give Fair
Grounds defending jockey champion and current leading rider
Rosie Napravnik her fifth winner of the afternoon in Sunday’s $49,000 feature.
Kitchen’s margin of victory at the wire was 7 1/4-lengths in the
allowance and $50,000 optional claiming affair that was restricted to
sophomore fillies and contested at six furlongs on the main track.
Mike Maker, the winner
returned mutuels of $3.60, $2.60 and $2.40 while remaining undefeated in
two lifetime starts and increasing her career earnings to $52,008. She
toured the three-quarter-mile distance in 1:09.88
after ticking off early splits of 22.38 and 45.80.
Diamante de Fuego finished second, paying $3.40 and $3 while Michael Schroeck’s
Banded was third, two lengths farther back for a $4.40 to show return.
just missed tying the Fair Grounds record of six winners on a card. Her
mount in the day’s last race finished a fast-closing second
and could not get past the longshot 62-1 winner, Wedding Slippers. The record of six in a day is shared by several riders across the track’s 140-year history.