Darley Stable’s Tizaqueena, who began a four-race
win streak at Fair Grounds last season that culminated with a score in
Churchill’s Grade II Distaff Turf Mile on Kentucky Derby Day, began another one
at Fair Grounds Saturday with a three-quarter length tally in the third running
of the $60,000 Allen Lacombe Memorial Handicap for fillies and mares at
1 1/16 miles.
The daughter of Tiznow, trained by Mike Stidham
and ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan, was allowed to settle early, took
command just after the furlong grounds and outran a surprisingly resilient No
Use Denying the rest of the way.
“This was the first time I’ve been on her and she made my
job easy,” said Bridgmohan. “She’s so classy. All I had to do was be a good
Tizaqueena returned mutuels of $3.20, $2.40 and $2.20,
scored her sixth victory in 12 lifetime starts and increased her career
earnings to $478,956 while accomplishing the distance in 1:45.99 in the race
taken off the grass and run on the main track.
“The key is to get her to relax,” said Stidham immediately
after the victory. “That’s a key for her. Today we were just looking to get her
Pin Oak Stable’s No Use Denying pressed the pace, took
command entering the lane, could not withstand the winner late but was clearly
second best while finishing 1 3/4-lengths in front of A She’s Adorable,
owned by Phillip Maas and also trained by Stidham.
“I put her close to the pace today,” said jockey Miguel
Mena, who rode No Use Denying as the longest shot on the board to her
runner-up finish, “and I almost got the
No Use Denying paid $10.20 and $5.40, while A She’s
Adorable returned $3.60 to show. More of the Best ticked off early
splits of 24.25 and 48.57 before weakening to sixth.