JOCKEY TIM THORNTON WINS FOUR RACES WITH A STAKES DOUBLE
FREE LIKE A GIRL REIGNS SUPREME IN THE $60,000 EVANGELINE DISTAFF
OPELOUSAS, LA –Free Like a Girl kept her local record unblemished with a victory in the $60,000 EVD Distaff on Friday night. The Distaff was part of a three-stake program that included the new Cajun Miss and Creole Lady. The stake races, all for Louisiana-bred runners, were contested over a track rated fast.
Jockey Tim Thornton and Free Like a Girl broke sharply to contest the early lead in the Distaff with Mishpachah, who hopped slightly at the start. A G’s Charlotte, a stake winner earlier in the meet, was also away in good order and tracked the leaders from third through opening fractions of 24.35 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 48.29 for the half-mile. As the field entered the far turn, Free Like a Girl edged forward to take a slim lead from Mishpachah, while A G’s Charlotte moved closer in third.
Through six furlongs in 1:13.10, Free Like a Girl had assumed a length lead as A G’s Charlotte moved in to second and set the stage for the stretch duel. The Chasey Deville Pomier trainee would not be denied and held sway for a two-length victory. A G’s Charlotte finished second with Mishpachah another seven lengths back in third. The running time for the mile was 1:39.09 for the 3-year-old and up filly and mares.
Owned by the partnership of Gerald Bruno, Jr., Carl Deville, Chasey Deville Pomier and Jerry Caroom, Free like a Girl captured her 12th career victory from 26 career starts. With the $36,000 winning share, her career bankroll grows to $870,378.
The winner is a bay 4-year-old filly. Sired by El Deal, she is out of the Flashy Bull mare Flashy Prize.
Free Like a Girl returned $4.20 to win as the slight betting favorite, $2.10 to place and $2.10 to show. A G’s Charlotte paid $2.10 to place, $2.10 to show and Mishpachah returned $2.10 to show.
STAR MOMENT EARNS SECOND CAREER STAKES IN CAJUN MISS
Star Moment parlayed a stalking trip into her second career stakes victory in the $60,000 Cajun Miss. With jockey Tim Thornton in the irons, Star Moment was away in good order and tracked the speed of Kyle Beauty through quick early fractions of 22.49 seconds for an opening quarter-mile and 45.33 for a half-mile.
As the field of 3-year-old fillies made their way to the top of the stretch, Star Moment had collared Kyle Beauty and was starting to edge clear. The final winning margin was 4-1/2 lengths, as Kyle Beauty held on for second, with Louisiana Liberty another ¾-lengths back in third. The final time for the seven furlongs was 1:25.05.
Owned by Intrepid Thoroughbreds LLC (Logan Trotter and Tyron Picard) and trained by Bret Calhoun, Star Moment wins for the third time in five career starts. The winning share of $36,000 increases her career bankroll to $127,530.
Bred in Louisiana by Brittlyn, Inc., she is a bay filly sired by Clear Creek Stud stallion Star Guitar and is out of the Saint Liam mare Moment of Majesty.
Star Moment returned $11.60 to win, $5.20 to place and $4.20 to show. Kyle Beauty paid $4.60 to place, $3.40 to show and Louisiana Liberty returned $4.20 to show.
FLASHY MEG FINISHES STRONG TO WIN CREOLE LADY STAKES
John Sargent’s Flashy Meg battled through some fast early fractions but had plenty in the tank to pull away in the $60,000 Creole Lady. Away sharply under Jockey Joe Stokes, Flashy Meg was joined by Wupkar as they zipped through an opening quarter-mile in 21.79 seconds and a half-mile in 45.35 in the stake for 3-year-old and up filly and mares.
As the field moved to the top of the lane, the leading duo was being chased by First I’ve Seen and Snowball was starting a wide run. In the run to the wire Flashy Meg found some extra energy and pulled clear to win by two lengths. Wupkar battled on to hold second, a half-length better than First I’ve Seen. Favored Snowball’s run flattened out as she finished fourth. The final time for the 5-1/2 furlongs was 1:04.63.
Trained by Kearney Segura, Flashy Meg wins for the fifth time from 15 career starts. She earned $36,000 in the victory and increases her bankroll to $174,050.
Bred by Steven Miller, the 4-year-old is a dark bay or brown filly sired by Flashpoint. She is out of the West Acre mare Meg’s Answer.