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Jockey Javier Castellano and Blues Street 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 $100,000 Fair Grounds Handicap (G3) featured a field of 9 older horses going about 1 1/8 miles. Blues Street was sent off as the 9-5 favorite exiting two straight wins in allowance company. In to challenge him included 7-2 second choice Acting Zippy, winner of the John B. Connally Turf Handicap at Sam Houston last out, and 5-1 third choice Secret Getaway, exiting a fourth place finish in the Louisiana Handicap.
Down the stretch with Blues Street rallying on the far outside.
Acting Zippy battled on the front end with 25-1 Transduction Gold for the first 6 furlongs, through fractions of 24.97, 49.99, and 1:13.82 over the firm course. 10-1 Dubious Miss stalked the pacesetters in third. Entering the stretch, Acting Zippy tired badly fading to eventually finish 8th, allowing Dubious Miss to inherit the lead through 1 mile in 1:39.29. Favorite Blues Street, who settled back in 6th saving ground around both turns, came out into the stretch to pass the pacesetters at the 1/16 pole, drawing off to win by 2 1/4 lengths over Dubious Miss in 1:51.71. It was another 4 1/2 lengths back to 8-1 Baltimore Bob third.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 4 Blues Street Castellano 9.00 4.40 3.80 7 Dubious Miss Valenzuela 2.60 2.20 1 Baltimore Bob Hernandez 4.20 Winning Time: 1:51.71 $2 Exacta 4-7 53.60 $2 Trifecta 4-7-1 227.20 $2 Superfecta 4-7-1-10 1291.20
Right: Blues Street heads into the winner's circle. His jockey Javier Castellano said, "I was really happy with the way the race developed, I was very satisfied. I'd never got on this horse before. I appreciate Todd Pletcher giving me the opportunity to get on this horse."
Left: Blues Street in the post parade. Ginny DePasquale, assistant to trainer Todd Pletcher said, "He usually sits back, and then by the time he gets to the 1/4 pole, he's outside and makes one sustained run. I think he's improving with age."
Left: Second place finisher Dubious Miss in the post parade. His jockey Patrick Valenzuela said, "The winner was a tough horse today but my horse ran a super race. He's run with some great company in the past and he deserved to run a good race."
Right: Third place finisher Baltimore Bob returns to be unsaddled after the race. The 8-1 shot raced in 4th just 2 lengths off the pace early under jockey Brian Hernandez Jr., then passed the tiring pacesetter late to get third beaten 6 3/4 lengths. The Helen Pitts trainee improved his record to 6 wins, 3 seconds, and 3 thirds in 22 starts, earning $184,880 for owners Kaygar Stable and Robert Gerczak.
Chamberlain Bridge leads in the stretch in the Colonel Power Stakes while Country Day rallies on the outside.
Jockey Robby Albarado sent 9-1 Turfiste to the front down the backstretch through fractions of 22.59 and 46.38, with Chamberlain Bridge and Country Day stalking him early. Turfiste tired at the 3/16 pole, allowing Chamberlain Bridge to open up a 1 1/2 length advantage with a furlong to go. Country Day came out for room and closed the gap but was too late as Chamberlain Bridge easily held him off by 3/4 length at the line, completing the trip in 1:04.29. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back to 18-1 Wise River third.
Pgm Horse Jockey Win Place Show 2 Chamberlain Bridge Theriot 4.00 2.40 2.10 1 Country Day Hernandez 3.60 3.00 8 Wise River Bourque 4.60 Winning Time: 1:04.59 $2 Exacta 2-1 13.20 $2 Trifecta 2-1-8 140.40 $2 Superfecta 2-1-8-6 715.80
Left: Chamberlain Bridge in the winner's circle with trainer Bret Calhoun at his hip. Calhoun said, "He's been great to us. When we come into the paddock and see all the big horses he seems really small but he has a big heart and a lot of talent."
Right: Chamberlain Bridge in the paddock before the race. Jockey Jamie Theriot said, "We got off slow but his foot was quick to get underneath him and he found a good starting position on the backside. The first part was tough but once we passed the 1/2 mile pole I had a lot of confidence and a lot of horse underneath me."
Left: Second place finisher Country Day in the paddock. His trainer Steve Margolis said, "For being lightly raced and second-time grass, of course we wanted to win, but what a big effort fort his colt. We're very happy. Brian (Hernandez Jr.) said he ran a hard race. He was running hard the whole way and the other horse just had a little more."
Right: Third place finisher Wise River in the post parade. The 18-1 shot settled off the rail down the backstretch in 7th under jockey Curt Bourque, came 4 wide for the drive and got up for third beaten 3 lengths. The Clark Hanna trainee improved his record to 6 wins, 10 seconds, and 5 thirds in 33 starts, earning $399,036 for owner Don L. Benge.
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