While winning four races in a row already made for a memorable night, jockey Ashley Broussard sensed she could accomplish something even more special after scoring that fourth straight win in the seventh race Dec. 14 at Delta Downs Racetrack Casino & Hotel.
Broussard’s feelings proved spot-on as she would rally from seventh aboard Terry Eoff’s Texas Jambalaya in the eighth race at 9-2 before winning the ninth race on 3-2 second-choice Private Songster, who is owned by Jacques Miramon Racing and trained by Karl Broberg.
In nailing down that sixth straight victory, Broussard tracked in third early, opened up by three lengths on Private Songster in the stretch, and raced steadily to the wire for a 1 1/4-length score in the five-furlong claiming race for fillies and mares.
“I thought I was going to win three or four going into the night. But when I won that fourth race in a row, I really liked my next two horses,” Broussard said. “I got real excited at that point.”
Broussard’s win streak began with a front-running score in the fourth race aboard Marie Miller’s Randinsky (2-1) before she rallied from fifth aboard Circle H Farms’ Big Risque (2-1) to win the fifth race.
Broussard actually reached the line second in the sixth race on 7-5 favorite Drummer Boy. But the stewards ruled that Dry Wood Creek, with Steve Bourque up, interfered with Tigertail Ranch’s Drummer Boy and put the latter up when Dry Wood Creek was disqualified to third. Broussard then pressed the pace in the seventh race aboard Randy Stone’s Disturbingbehavior, who scored a one-length victory as the 6-5 favorite.
Broussard, 24, of Youngsville, La., is riding her second full meet at Delta. Last year she was leading the meet in wins before missing the final two months after a fall in which she suffered a fractured collarbone and broken ribs. She still finished in second at that meet with 66 wins, behind veteran Gerard Melancon’s 78 victories.
At the current meet Broussard, a multiple stakes-winning jockey, ranks second in wins with 31; seven behind Diego Saenz.
Broussard didn’t ride in the 10th race of the night, the final event of the card. She’ll take her personal six-race win streak into the Dec. 15 Delta card where she’s scheduled to ride Concord’s Baby (3-1 ML) in the first race.