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Jockey Julien Leparoux and Diamond Tycoon return after winning the Fair Grounds Handicap
On Louisiana Derby Preview Day at the Fair Grounds, a total of 6 stakes races were contested, 2 of which were over the turf course. The $125,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (G3) featured a field of 8 older horses (7 betting interests) going about 1 1/8 miles. The two-horse Sam-Son Farm entry of French Beret and Windward Islands was sent off as the 2-1 favorite. They both come out of the Colonel Bradley Handicap, won by French Beret with Windward Islands fifth. In to challenge them included 5-2 second choice Jimmy Simms, winner of the Woodchopper last time out, and 7-2 third choice Diamond Tycoon, exiting a 2 race winning streak both in allowance company.
Down the stretch with Diamond Tycoon rallying on the far outside.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 5 Diamond Tycoon Leparoux 9.00 4.40 3.80 1A Windward Islands Lanerie 2.60 2.20 4 Corrupt Albarado 4.20 Winning Time: 1:52.12 $2 Exacta 5-1 27.40 $2 Trifecta 5-1-4 159.80 $2 Superfecta 5-1-4-6 913.80
Right: Diamond Tycoon in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Andrew McKeever said, "The distance was not a concern, the way this horse takes to the course. Here at the Fair Grounds, we changed his style from Kentucky, where he was close. He likes to come from behind. It's going to be hard to leave New Orleans with this horse."
Left: Diamond Tycoon in the paddock before the race. Winning jockey Julien Leparoux said, "Keep them with their running style, even if it's a slow pace. He runs from behind. He really has a nice kick at the end."
Left: Second place finisher and beaten favorite Windward Islands in the post parade. His trainer Mark Frostad, who also trains 6th place French Beret, said, "(Windward Islands) hasn't been running like he can. Coming in, we thought he'd run a much better race. The slow pace didn't set up for (French Beret)."
Right: Third place finisher Corrupt returns after the race. The 8-1 fifth choice stalked the pace for the first mile under regular rider Robby Albarado, but was no match for the top two who passed him in the final furlong. The Neil Howard trainee improved his record to 4 wins, 1 second, and 3 thirds in 11 starts, earning $193,876 for owner-breeder Team Block and co-owner William S. Farish.
Chamberlain Bridge draws off in the stretch in the Colonel Power Stakes.
Jockey Jamie Theriot sent favorite Chamberlain Bridge to the front immediately and he set a pace of 22.40 and 45.67 while being stalked by Rouse the Cat down the backstretch. Turning for home, Theriot asked him for run and got it, as Chamberlain Bridge steadily increased his lead through the stretch, cruising under the line 3 lengths in front of 7-1 Grand Traverse in a time of 1:03.33 over the firm course. It was another neck back to Rouse the Cat and deep closer Storm Treasure, who dead-heated for third.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 5 Chamberlain Bridge Theriot 5.00 3.60 2.10 2 Grand Traverse Leparoux 5.80 2.40 1DH Storm Treasure Bridgmohan 2.10 3DH Rouse the Cat Almodovar 2.10 Winning Time: 1:03.33 $2 Exacta 5-2 31.80 $2 Trifecta 5-2-1 37.00 $2 Trifecta 5-2-3 46.60 $2 Superfecta 5-2-1-3 77.80 $2 Superfecta 5-2-3-1 86.80
Left: Chamberlain Bridge in the winner's circle. Winning trainer Bret Calhoun said, "Last time out, we tried slowing down the pace, but today, we let him run his race."
Right: Champerlain Bridge returns after the race. Winning jockey Jamie Theriot said, "Today we went back to old tactics. We let him set his fractions the way he likes to run."
Left: Second place finisher Grand Traverse in the post parade. 7-1 fourth choice Grand Traverse raced in fourth early under jockey Julien Leparoux, then came out and closed well to get second beaten 3 lengths. The Tim Glyshaw trainee improved his record to 5 wins, 5 seconds, and 4 thirds in 25 starts, earning $139,616 for owner-breeder Mimicry Partnership (Loren Hebel-Osborne).
Right: There was a dead heat for third place with Storm Treasure was one half of it. The 9-5 second choice raced in last for the first 1/2 mile under Shaun Bridgmohan, then closed well to get third beaten just 3 1/4 lengths. The Steve Asmussen trainee improved his record to 6 wins, 9 seconds, and 6 thirds in 31 starts, earning $679,394 for owner Mike McCarty.
The other half of the third place dead heat for third place was Rouse The Cat. The 3-1 third choice contested the pace early under new rider Gerald Almodovar, drew even with Chamberlain Bridge at the 1/4 pole, but weakened late to finish third beaten 3 1/4 lengths. The Ollie Figgins trainee improved his record to 7 wins, 4 seconds, and 4 thirds in 20 starts, earning $312,935 for owner Ray M. Pennington III.
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