Pacific Pink and jockey Colby Hernandez head to the winner's circle after the Premier Night Distaff at Delta Downs
On Saturday, Delta Downs hosted the 15th renewal of Louisiana Premier Night, a series of six stakes races for Louisiana-breds with a total of $795,000 in purses. Heavy rain downgraded the main track to sloppy with temperatures in the mid 60's.
Mobile Bay wins the Premier Championship at Delta Downs
The highlight race of the night was the $170,000 Premier Night Championship, for older horses going 1 1/16 miles. Defending champion Mobile Bay was sent off as the 7-10 favorite in the field of 6 over 5-2 Underpressure and 9-2 Grand Basin. Jockey Eguard Tejera sent 18-1 Temprano to lead first time by through fractions of 24.65 and 48.77 while pressed by 13-1 Social Misfit and stalked by Mobile Bay. On the far turn jockey Diego Saenz sent Mobile Bay to the lead through 3/4 in 1:14.08. Underpressure, last early, came through on the rail and poked his head in front through 1 mile in 1:39.81 but Mobile Bay dug in to prevail by a nose in 1:46.49. It was a long 5 1/2 lengths back to Social Misfit third.
Left: Mobile Bay in the winner's circle. The Victor Arceneaux trainee improved his record to 12 wins, 5 seconds, and 3 thirds in 27 starts, earning $1,198,440 for owner-breeder Tigertail Ranch.
Right: Mobile Bay in the post parade.
Pacific Pink wins the Premier Night Distaff at Delta Downs
Closing out Premier Night for 2018, a field of 7 older fillies and mares contested the $145,000 Premier Night Distaff at 1 mile. Mr. Al's Gal was sent off as the 11-10 favorite over 2-1 Hyper Piper and 5-2 Pacific Pink. Mr. Al's Gal and 31-1 Believeinsomething dueled for the lead through fractions of 23.66 and 48.34 while stalked by Hyper Piper. At the top of the stretch Hyper Piper poked her head in front through 3/4 in 1:13.85. However, Pacific Pink, 6th early under Colby Hernandez, came out 3 wide for room and rallied to win going away by 2 lengths over Hyper Piper in 1:41.22. It was a long 5 lengths back to favorite Mr. Al's Gal third.
The Edward Johnston trainee improved her record to 10 wins, 6 seconds, and 6 thirds in 25 starts, earning $609,120 for owner Keith Plaisance.
Gladyousawme winning the Premer Night Prince Stakes
A full field of 10 Louisiana-bred three-year-olds contested 1 mile around two turns in the $120,000 Premier Night Prince Stakes. Jockey Gerard Melancon sent 17-1 Ready Prospector to lead through fractions of 23.34, 48.62, and 1:13.61 while pressed by 4-1 Gladyousawme and stalked by 7-2 Gracida. Ready Prospector continued to lead to the 1/8 pole but Gladyousawme and jockey Roberto Morales came out for room and rallied to win by 3/4 length in 1:41.10. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back to 7-1 Bitsy's Afleet third, while 2-1 favorite Pound for Pound checked in 8th.
The Brad Cox trainee improved his record to 4 wins, 0 seconds, and 0 thirds in 5 starts, earning $202,800 for owner-breeder Bertram and Richard Klein.
Remember Daisy wins the Premier Night Starlet Stakes
Kicking off the stakes action on Saturday, the distaff counterpart to the Prince is the $120,000 Premier Night Starlet Stakes, with a field of 7 three-year-old fillies also going 1 mile. Jockey Diego Saenz sent 2-1 favorite Yes Gorgeous to lead through fractions of 24.10 and 48.95 while pressed by 9-1 Anita Bonita and stalked by 9-4 Remember Daisy. Entering the lane, jockey Mitchell Murrill sent Remember Daisy 3 wide to lead, and she drew off to win by 3 1/2 lengths over late-running 3-1 Sarah's Holy Belle in 1:43.72. It was another 1/2 length back to Yes Gorgeous third.
The Gary Scherer trainee improved her record to 2 wins and 1 third in 3 starts, earning $99,200 for owner-breeder Al and Bill Ulwelling.
Ours to Run wins the Premier Night Matron Stakes
The $120,000 Premier Night Matron Stakes featured 8 older fillies and mares sprinting 5 furlongs around 1 turn. Jockey Gerardo Mora sent 17-1 Diamond Cutter to lead through an opening quarter in 21.85 while pressed by 9-10 favorite My Miss Chiff and stalked by 4-1 Shamrock Star. Turning for home, My Miss Chiff gained the lead through a half in 45.40, but 9-2 Ours to Run, 5th early under Roberto Morales, came out 4 wide for room and rallied to win by 3/4 length in 58.34. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back to Shamrock Star third.
The Larry Jones trainee improved her record to 6 wins, 2 seconds, and 1 third in 12 starts, earning $141,792 for owner Colonel Thoroughbreds.
Monte Man wins the Premier Night Sprint Stakes again
A full field of 10 older horses went to post in the $120,000 Premier Night Sprint also at 5 furlongs. 11-2 Greeley's Wish and 9-1 Win Lion Win dueled for the lead exiting the chute through an opening quarter of 21.84 while stalked by 9-2 Sea Vow. Entering the lane, Win Lion Win gained a short lead through a half in 45.45, but 9-5 favorite Monte Man, 8th early under Gerard Melancon, came out 4 wide to win by a neck over Sea Vow in 58.05. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back to Win Lion Win third.