Handpainted's Signature All Over Pan Zareta
Updated: Sunday, February 8, 2004 7:02 PM
(from Fair Grounds report)
Posted: Saturday, February 7, 2004 7:38 PM
Handpainted made a triumphant comeback Saturday, winning the $60,000 Pan Zareta Handicap at Fair Grounds.
Ridden by Larry Melancon, Handpainted, making her first start since finishing second in the Selene Stakes (Can-I) at Woodbine in May, broke outward from the gate and quickly recovered to stalk pacesetter Raymond's Dream through a half mile in 46.05.
The daughter of A.P. Indy
pounced on Raymond's Dream at the eighth pole and finished strongly, drawing clear to win by 1 1/2 lengths in 1:10.23 for six furlongs.
"She broke really sharp," said Melancon. "I thought (Raymond's Dream) was going to be the speed and I was right, but I knew I had a very fresh horse, so I left her alone. Turning for home, I asked her and she responded well."
Odds-on favorite Tina Bull overcame a poor start to nose out Raymond's Dream for second in a field of six fillies and mares.
Handpainted won her third career stakes event, improving her record to four wins from seven lifetime starts and earnings of more than $351,000 for owners John and Glen Sikura and trainer Josie Carroll.
Handpainted paid $15, $4.60 and $3.60. Tina Bull returned $2.80 and $2.60. Raymond's Dream's show was $4.
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