A Horse for the Course: Histoire Sainte Wins Again at Fair Grounds

A Horse for the Course: Histoire Sainte Wins Again at Fair Grounds
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Histoire Sainte, winning the Sixty Sails earlier this year.
Histoire Sainte's love affair with the Fair Grounds turf course continued on Friday as she cruised home to win the $75,000 Furl Sail Handicap by 1 ½ lengths over Quick Tip.

Owned by Gary Tanaka and trained by Steve Asmussen, Histoire Sainte recorded her fourth win from four career starts on the turf at Fair Grounds -- all stakes races.

"She definitely runs extremely well here and hopefully we'll get a chance to run her here again this meet," Asmussen said. "She got the perfect trip. I was worried about her post draw and the whole way down the backside I was worried about her not having anywhere to go."

Ridden with confidence by Shane Sellers, Histoire Sainte found room on the rail when the field turned for home after settling in seventh place on the backside.

"My first concern was to get her to settle," said Sellers, who rode three winners on the day's card. "Coming into the turn I just had to find some running room and got lucky and got through on the fence and she took it from there. She was just the class of the field."

Histoire Sainte's four wins at Fair Grounds include the 2000 Bayou Breeders' Cup Handicap and back-to-back renewals of the Sixty Sails Handicap.

Histoire Sainte returned $11.80, $3.20, and $2.60 after covering about a mile on the turf in 1:38.43. The French-bred daughter of Kendor pushed her career earnings mark to $333,079 with her ninth win from 27 starts.

Quick Tip, the odds-on 4-5 favorite, finished a length ahead of Old Money for the place position in the 10-horse field.

In other stakes action on Friday, Witt Ante exacted a bit of revenge with a game victory in the $85,795 Louisiana Futurity for colts and geldings.

Owned by David Beard and trained by Larry Robideaux, Witt Ante returned $3.80, $3.20, and $2.40 as the 9-10 favorite in the eight-horse field. Longshot Spritely Walker used a determined drive on the rail to fill out the exacta.

"I think he should still be undefeated," said Robideaux. "He's had a little bit of trouble here and there, especially on Champions Day."

Witt Ante's third win in five starts pushed his bankroll to $115,757. Witt Ante will point for the Crescent City Derby on Jan. 18.

(Chart, Equibase)

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