Lloyd Madison Farms IV’s Valentine Fever, allowed to
settle behind the early leaders in Monday’s Fair Grounds $44,500 feature,
threaded through those with a well-judged ride by jockey Francisco Torres
to win the sprint for accredited Louisiana-bred fillies and mares at about five
and a half furlongs over the Stall-Wilson turf course by a head.
Trained by Greg Foley, the 5-year-old mare toured
the distance in the course rated firm in 1:04.77, returned mutuels of $22,
$9.40 and $5.60 and increased her career earnings to $224,969 with her fifth
career victory in 21 lifetime starts.
Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein’s Knockout Bertie,
who pressed the pace but was carried wide on the turn, recovered to be second
best by a half-length but could not catch the winner. That Distorted Humor
filly paid $4.20 and $3.40.
L. T. B. Inc. and Hillerich Racing’s More of the Best
took the lead at the top of the stretch but weakened to finish third, returning
Gainesway Stable’s Ocean Colors set the early
fractions of 22.40 and 46.72 before tiring to fourth at the wire.
Racing resumes Friday at Fair Grounds with a 10-race
program beginning at 1:10 p.m.