NET A BEAR SCORES SECOND STAKES WIN OF THE FAIR GROUNDS MEET IN RED CAMELIA

Red Camelia Stakes
Fair Grounds, 3-14-20, @ 8 furlongs (turf)
Four-year-olds and upwards, Accredited Louisiana Bred, Fillies and Mares, $60,000

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Net A Bear, with Timothy Thornton aboard, wins the Red Camelia Stakes at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, LA. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges Jr

NET A BEAR
Awesome Bet–Edacious Reality
Breeder: Lora Pitre & Elaine Carroll
Owner: Maximo Lamarche and Federico Deltoro
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

2nd
Is Too
Midshipman–Tensas Salt
Breeder: J. Adcock & Montgomery Equine Center
Owner: Baronne Farms, LLC
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: Miguel Mena

3rd
Tap Dance Star
Star Guitar–Dance by Em
Breeder: Virginia Lazenby
Owner: Virginia Lazenby Racing Stable LLC
Trainer: Oscar Modica
Jockey: Mitchell Murrill

 

 

Now a three-time stakes winner, Net A Bear takes the shortest way around to victory

Saving ground about five lengths behind the early pacesetters through moderate fractions of :25.35 and 50.06 for the about one mile turf distance, Maximo Lamarche and Federico Deltoro’s Net A Bear cut the corner turning for home and powered away down the stretch to score her second stakes win of the meet in the $60,000 Red Camelia Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. Sent off at odds of 6-1, the lone 4-year-old filly in the field of older Louisiana-bred mares finished 2 1/2 lengths in front of the pacesetter Is Too, stopping the clock in 1:39.68 over firm going. It was another length back to Tap Dance Star in third. The even-money favorite Room to Finish failed to fire and crossed the line sixth of seven.

It was on December 15, 2019 in the Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Turf that Net A Bear made her first career start over the Fair Grounds’ turf course, a race in which she closed while wide to win at odds of 12-1. Following that stakes score, the daughter of Awesome Bet finished third and fourth respectively in a pair of allowance races, the first of which was run in the mud. Now a three-time stakes winner, Net A Bear boosted her career record to 16-4-3-4 with earnings of $195,270.

“A lot of speed scratched so we were a little concerned about the pace up front,” winning rider Tim Thornton. “We knew we couldn’t take her out of her game so I just let her relax back there and we saved some ground. The rail opened up turning for home and when I asked her to go through, she did.”

“She’s more mature now,” Thornton continued. “She tends to be a bit of a nervous filly but she’s starting to settle down before the races. I think that’s helping her as she continues to progress.”

“It looks like she’s just getting better and better with each start,” trainer Allen Landry said. “When the rail opened up I knew she would come through that gap. She sometimes gets caught wide but as soon as the rail opened up today Tim (Thornton, jockey) took advantage of it.”

Is Too, the winner of the Louisiana Cup Distaff in August at Louisiana Downs, held on gamely to finish second.

“She made the lead and that’s what we were looking to do,” jockey Miguel Mena said. “She ran a wining race she just got outrun by a nice horse today. It looks like she’s back on her game.”

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ROOM TO FINISH INSTALLED AS SLIGHT FAVORITE IN RED CAMELIA STAKES

5-year-old mare is in form, looking for her first stakes win

 

New Orleans (March 11, 2020) – West Point Thoroughbreds, Forge Ahead Stables LLC, and Jerry Caroom’sRoom to Finish is a five-time winner, but on Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, she’ll aim for her first career stakes triumph as Mike Diliberto’s 7-2 morning line favorite in the $60,000 Red Camelia Stakes. Restricted to older Louisiana-bred fillies & mares, the Red Camelia is scheduled to be run over about one mile of turf. It is carded as race seven of ten with a scheduled post time of 3:24 p.m. CDT.

 

An impressive first-level allowance winner in late November, Room to Finish followed up with a game second in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Turf on December 15. Following a head-scratching fifth place finish in a second-level, open company allowance on the Fair Grounds’ turf on January 25, Room to Finish bounced back with a decisive victory last out, closing from just off the pace to win a conditioned state-bred allowance against many of same turf foes she will meet again on Saturday. 

 

“She’s a really honest mare,” trainer Wayne Catalano said. “She’s been in form lately and we’re really happy with how she’s doing.”

 

“She doesn’t want to be too close to the pace,” Catalano continued. “She just wants to be left alone and make her own run when she feels like it. She sometimes will get herself closer to the pace but that’s all on her own, she doesn’t like to be asked to do that early on. She didn’t run too well in that race two back where she finished fifth. She was kind of forced to be up there with the first flight and she didn’t like that. She doesn’t like to be rushed. There is some speed in the race (on Saturday) but we’re just going to let her put herself wherever she wants to be and hope she shows that closing kick.”

 

Colby Hernandez, who currently sits second in the Fair Grounds jockey standings, will be back aboard on Saturday, as the pair break from post nine.

 

Maximo Lamarche and Federico Deltoro’s Net A Bear will look to score her third career stakes victory in the Red Camelia. Following a win in the Elge Rasberry Stakes at Louisiana Downs in early September, the 4-year-old daughter of Awesome Bet put in a solid third place finish in an allowance race at Delta Downs in October. She then shipped to Fair Grounds to score a 12-1 upset in the Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Turf, 1 1/4th lengths ahead of Room to Finish. Since then, Net A Bear has put in both a third and fourth place finish respectively in her last two starts.

 

Net A Bear will break from the rail with jockey Tim Thornton aboard, and is listed as the 5-1 second choice on the morning line.

 

Completing the field for the Red Camelia Stakes (with post, jockey/trainer and morning line odds) are: Mariah’s Galaxy (post two, K. Smith/Arceneaux at 8-1), Tenpins Tempo (post three, Broussard/L. Thomas at 12-1), Eskenformore (post four, Graham/Hodges at 6-1), Marywood (post five, G. Saez/L. Thomas at 20-1), Mi Copa Rebosa (post six, Albarado/ Gelner at 20-1), Tap Dance Star (post 7, Murrill/Modica at 12-1), Hyper Piper (post eight, B.J Hernandez, Jr./David, Jr. at 8-1), Thegrayspider (post ten, Taylor/Shamsie at 20-1), Is Too (post 11, Mena/Johnston at 6-1), and Bermuda Star (post 12, Beschizza/Camejo at 6-1).

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Dontmesswithjoanne Makes Powerful Stretch Run To Win The Red Camelia Stakes

Red Camelia Stakes
Fair Grounds, 3-17-18, @ 1 mile, turf, $60,000
Accredited Louisiana Breds, 4-Year-Olds and Upwards, Fillies and Mares

DONTMESSWITHJOANNE
Pioneerof the Nile–Cinnamon Kisses
Breeder: Gulf Haven Farms, LLC
Owner: Zayat Stables, LLC
Trainer: Brad H. Cox
Jockey: Joe Bravo

2nd
Mr. Al’s Gal
Salute the Sarge–Spanish Ice
Breeder: J. Adcock & Neal McFadden
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Justin Jeansonne
Jockey: Diego Saenz

3rd
Pera
Drosselmeyer–Changing Seasons
Breeder: James McIngvale
Owner: HP Thoroughbreds LLC (Brandon Hillman)
Trainer: Ricky Courville
Jockey: Ashley Broussard

 

By Ryan Martin

Zayat Stables LLC’s Dontmesswithjoanne ($12.60, $5.80, $4.20) laid well off the pace to score and made a big move down the top of the stretch to defeat ten other Louisiana-bred fillies and mares in the 42nd running of the Red Camelia Stakes over the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots’ Stall-Wilson Turf Course on Saturday afternoon.

Trained by Brad Cox, the 4-year-old daughter of Pioneerof the Nile was saving ground around the first turn and was unhurried throughout the early stages of the race. Meanwhile, Florida invader Viva Vegas set a slow pace early on and produced opening fractions of 24.05, 48.77, and 1:15.01. Mr. Al’s Gal tracked not too far behind in second. At the top of the stretch, Viva Vegas’ lead began to dwindle but she still appeared to have something left. However, Mr. Al’s Gal began to purse Viva Vegas to her inside and briefly took the lead, but was unable to hold off a charge from Dontmesswithjoanne who won going away with Joe Bravo in the irons. Mr. Al’s Gal ($6.60, $6.80) was second and 71-1 longshot Pera finished third ($19.60).  Dontmesswithjoanne finished in a time of 1:40.48.

“You had those times and with the soft turf I think they got a hold of it,” Bravo said. “With a filly like this you just have to make sure that she was happy. She picked herself and went with it. When you ride the best horse, it’s easy. That’s the bottom line.”

The Red Camelia Stakes was a first stakes victory for Dontmesswithjoanne, which pushed her career earnings to $158,695. She earned $36,000 from Saturday’s win. In 11 career starts, she has won four races with three seconds and one third.

Rounding out the order of finish were Pacific Pink, Viva Vegas, Inveniam Viam, Safari Calamari, P Boo, Temple Shadow, Tap City Baby and Beleiveinsomething.

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