OPELOUSAS, LA –Mangum outdueled Free Like a Girl to capture the $100,000 Louisiana Stallion Stakes presented by Coteau Grove Farms. The race was contested over a track rated as fast for the evening.
Breaking sharply from post three, Mangum went to the front with Free Like a Girl tracking his every move from her outside post. The early tempo was controlled with fractions of 25.42 seconds for the opening quarter mile and a tepid 49.77 seconds for the half-mile split. Double on the Red and Behemah Star were traveling just behind the leaders as the field made their way into the far turn.
Mangum was under pressure as Free Like a Girl moved to challenge as they traveled six furlongs in 1:14.50. In the sprint to the finish, Mangum would not let Free Like a Girl get by and held on for the victory by a head. It was a gap of eight lengths back to third place finisher Behemah Star. The winner stropped the timer in 1:39.44.
Trained by Jeff Delhomme, Mangum wins for the third time from eight career starts and earns $63,600 in the victory. His career bankroll now stands at $159,960.
Owned by Set-Hut LLC (Jake Delhomme), Mangum is a 3-year-old bay gelding sired by Mo Tom and out of the Graeme Hall mare Bovell Road. He was bred by Adcock’s Red River Farm, LLC & J. Adcock.
Mangum returned $10 to win, $3 to place and $2.10 to show. Favored Free Like a Girl paid $2.10 to place, $2.10 to show and Behemah Star paid $2.10 to show.