Crescent City Oaks
Fair Grounds, 4-1-17, 1 Mile and 70 Yds (dirt)
Three Year Olds, Purse $75,000
Mr. Al’s Gal
Salute The Sarge-Spanish Ice, by Spanish Steps
Owner: Brittleyn Stalbe, Inc.
Breeder: J. Adocok & Neal McFadden
Trainer: Justin Jeansonne
Jockey: E. Eramia
Star Guitar-Rose Hunter, by Jade Hunter
Owner: Royce G. Roberts
Breeder: Oak Leaf Farm TCLP
Trainer: Jose R. Mendez
Jockey: Diego Saenz
Wilburn–Midnight Delight, by Sea Hero
Owner: West Point Thoroughbreds
Breeder: Allen Guillotte Jr.
Trainer: Dallas Stewart
Jockey: Florent Geroux
Brittlyn Stable’s Mr. Al’s Gal captured her fourth consecutive stakes race with a half-length win in the $75,000 Crescent City Oaks for Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds. Ridden again by Richard Eramia for trainer Ron Faucheux, the daughter of Salute the Sarge assumed command out of the gate and clocked splits of 23.57, 46.50 and 1:11.57 before repelling a late challenge from Royce G. Roberts’ Rose Guitar to complete the one mile and 70 yards trip on the main track in 1:43.06. Rose Guitar, under Diego Saenz for trainer Jose Mendez, was three-quarters of a length to the good of West Point Thoroughbreds’ Dallas-Stewart-trained Moonlightnmidnight, who rallied for third under Florent Geroux.
“She broke really sharp,” Eramia said. “We went a little quick, but she did it by herself. I was waiting, and I was a little worried down the stretch. She backed up a little bit the last sixteenth but we still had the best horse.”
Mr. Al’s Gal earned $45,000 for the win and has now earned $250,280 in a six-race career that has included only one loss. She returned $2.80, $2.40 and $2.10 as the odds-on favorite, with Rose Guitar returning $6 and $4.40 and Moonlightnmidnight paying $4.40.
What’s the Point, Bermuda Star, My Gal Layla, Sashimi Blaster, Madame Begue, E Z’s All Attitude and Naughty Little Nun completed the order of finish. D’wild Muffin was scratched earlier in the day, and Our Millie was scratched just prior to the start.
Crescent City Derby
Fair Grounds, 4-1-17, 8.5 Furlongs
Three Year Olds, Purse $75,000
Yes It’s True–Queen Ofthe Empire, by Empire Maker
Owner: Casey, Dan and Elite Thoroughbred Racing LLC,
Breeder: Rebecca Farm LLC & T. J. Dickey (LA
Trainer: Lee Thomas
Jockey: Jose Riquelme
Birdstone–Charming Colleen, by Charismatic
Owner: Mallory Greiner,
Breeder: James McIngval
Trainer: Chris Richard
Jockey: Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.
Half Ours–Rhodelia, by Silver Deputy
Owners: Jeff Drown and Gary M. Scherer
Breeder: Clear Creek Stud Llc
Trainer: Gary M. Schere
Jockey: David Romero Flores
Two races later, the Louisiana-bred 3-year-old boys had their shot in the $75,000 Crescent City Derby at 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Dan Casey and Elite Thoroughbred Racing’s True Emperor took control out of the gate under Jose Riquelme and was never seriously challenged through splits of 24.16, 48.32 and 1:13.16 before coming home a 2ó-length longshot winner in a final time of 1:44.72.
Trained by Lee Thomas, the son of Yes It’s True easily held Mallory Greiner’s Chris Richard-trained favorite Underpressure, who was ridden by Brian Hernandez, Jr. and finished a head in front of Jeff Drown and owner-trainer Gary Scherer’s Jack Snipe’s in third under David Flores.
True Emperor won for the second time in three career starts and earned $45,000 to boost his career bankroll to $74,330. He returned $60, $20 and $11.60, with Underpressure paying $4.80 and $3.20 and Jack Snipe’s returning $3.60.
Paddy O’Lionel, Tip Tap Tapizar, Set Hut, Imindycatbirdseat, Magic Vow, Rollwithit, Evan Lee G, Big Maurice, Ida’s Warrior and Amp’d Up completed the order of finish.
Costa Rising Stakes
Fair Grounds, 4-1-17, abt. 5.5 Furlongs (turf)
Four Year Olds and Upwards, Purse $60,000
Eden Grey’s Kitten
Kitten’s Joy–Steaming Home, by Salt Lake
Owner: Whispering Oaks Farm LLC
Breeder: Danny M. Brown & Donna B. Brown
Trainer: Steven B. Flint,
Jockey: Florent Geroux
Yankee Gentleman–Icy Day, by Five Star Day
Owner: Ironwater Farms Joint Venture
Breeder: Ironwater Farms Joint Venture
Trainer: Henry B. Johnson, Jr.
Jockey: Jorge Guzman
Half Ours–Miss Clairnette, by Trophy Hunter
Owner: Dare to Dream Stable LLC
Breeder: Debbie Allen & David Allen
Trainer: Michael Stidham
Jockey: Mitchell Murrill
The final of eight stakes races on the 15-race card was won by Whispering Oaks Farm’s Eden Grey’s Kitten, who turned the tables on Dare to Dream Stable’s favored Jockamo’s Song when posting a halflength score in the $60,000 Costa Rising Stakes for Louisiana-breds at 5ó furlongs on the turf. Florent Geroux guided the winner from a perfect, pressing spot for trainer Steve Flint through splits of 22.19 and 45.15 before edging clear late to complete the trip in 1:03.13. Ironwater Farms Joint Venture’s Henry Johnson, Jr.-trained Icy Gentleman tracked the early splits under Jorge Guzman and was able to nose out the Mike Stidham-trained Jockamo’s Song for second, with the latter ridden by Mitchell Murrill.
The win was Eden Grey’s Kitten’s seventh from 21 career starts and earned him $36,000 to increase his career bankroll to $228,260. The son of Kitten’s Joy returned $9.60, $5.40 and $3.20, with Icy Gentleman paying $8.40 and $5.60 and Jockamo’s Song returning $2.80.
Hail to the Nile, Brilliant Interest, Rock N Sake, Nubin Ridge, Just Kissing Buck, My Friend Flavin,Jazzy Rebel and Hunker Down completed the runner order.