Don Eberts’ Pure Tactics,
always well placed, challenged for command after the furlong grounds
and drew off late for a three-length score in Friday’s Fair Grounds
feature, a $49,000 allowance and
optional $50,000 claiming sprint for 3-year-olds at about 5
1/2-furlongs over the
Stall-Wilson turf course.
The winner, trained by
Morris Nicks and ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan,
toured the grass dash distance over a course rated “yielding” in
1:05.40, returned mutuels of $4.80 $3.40 and $2.60 and increased
his career earnings to $52,008 to remain undefeated with his second
victory in two career starts.
Thunder Harbor, who made
the pace with splits of 22.70 and 47.52, could not stay with the winner
in the late stages but was easily second best, paying $4.20 and $2.80
while finishing 2 3/4-lengths in front of Coteau
Grove Farms’ Private Prayer, who returned $4 to show.