LOUISIANA-BRED FILLY WINS THE THIRD STAKES RACE OF HER CAREER
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the 14th running of the $100,000 Louisiana Jewel Stakes on Friday night and talented filly Janet Is Ready came through with the win. Owned by Carl J. Deville, Gerald Bruno, Jr., Our Blue Streak Stable LLC and Jerry Caroom, the Chasey Deville Pomier trainee was guided to victory by apprentice jockey Vicente Del Cid.
The Jewel, which featured eight 2-year-old Louisiana-bred fillies competing at seven furlongs, had an honest early pace set by Cajun Gumbow, who went the opening quarter mile in a time of 23.28 seconds and the half mile in 47.88. When the field entered the second turn of the race, Janet Is Ready was roused to the lead by Del Cid but the stretch run would not be easy as she had to deal with a fast-closing Tensas Candy.
Through the stretch Janet Is Ready dug in gamely and held off her game rival Tensas Candy to win by ¾ of a length. Free Drop Maddy was no threat to the top pair and finished another two lengths behind in third. The final time of the race was 1:28.04 and it was contested over a fast track.
The win by Janet Is Ready marked the fourth of her six-race career. The score also gave her three wins in stakes company from four starts. Her maiden-breaking victory came at Evangeline Downs in June. Saturday night’s triumph earned Janet Is Ready a tidy sum of $60,000 and raised her fledgling bankroll to $191,900.
Bred in the Bayou State by Bentley T. Early, Janet Is Ready is a bay offspring of Custom for Carlos, out of the Pure Prize mare Just Call Me Janet. She was purchased as a yearling for just $5,500.
Sent to the gate at odds of just over 2-1, Janet Is Ready returned $6.40 to win, $4.20 to place and $3 to show. Tensas Candy was worth $16.80 to place and $7 to show. Free Drop Maddy paid $2.60 to show.
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