Majestic Farms LLC’s Jazz Quest began the parade of longshots on Louisiana Lagniappe Weekend at Fair Grounds in Saturday’s $100,000 Grindstone Stakes, and in the finale of a five-stakes program, Mr. and Mrs. William Warren’s Saint Anddan scored a mild upset when taking down the $150,000 Duncan F. Kenner Breeders’ Cup Stakes.
“I thought he’d run well,” said winning trainer Richie Scherer in counterpoint to Jazz Quest’s $23.40 win payoff in the Grindstone, one of two open-company stakes contested during the day. “Jazz Quest always seems to run up to his competition. He’s still learning but the light is beginning to go on.”
The improving son of Jambalaya Jazz accomplished the about 1 1/16-mile distance over a firm Stall-Wilson turf course in 1:44.51. Jesse Campbell was aboard for one of his two stakes wins on the day.
Mayor Bozarth, trained by Bobby Frankel, finished second in the Grindstone, a half-length behind Jazz Quest but 2 1/4 lengths to the good of third-place finisher Poschner.
Undefeated Corrupt, the odds-on favorite in the Grindstone, showed brief speed but tired to finish last in the seven-horse field, apparently victimized by the surprisingly humid afternoon weather.
In the Kenner, Saint Anddan, from the Frankel barn, was cleverly rated by leading jockey Joe Talamo and led almost all the way to edge out Venomous by a neck. Gaff, the 9-5 favorite in the field of nine, finished a non-threatening fourth.
Saint Anddan paid $10.40 while getting the six furlongs in a speedy 1:09.34 after setting early fractions of :21.65 and :44.85. Venomous closed fast to finish second, a neck behind Saint Anddan and a length to the good of Smoke Mountain. Gaff finished a length and a quarter behind Smoke Mountain.
Glenn Jones and Missy Rutherford’s Perfect Harmony was the half-length winner of Saturday’s $100,000 Louisiana Lagniappe Classic for older Louisiana-breds, one of three stakes on the card restricted to state-breds. Ridden by Kerwin Clark, Perfect Harmony paid $18 to win while recording the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:44.51.
Neither half of the favored entry of Grand Minit and Mean Butterbean hit the board in the Classic.
Short prices began when J.T. Pass Family Racing and Allan Peterson’s Mi Isabella justified her odds-on favoritism in Saturday’s $100,000 Crescent City Oaks to win by 4 1/2 lengths in the first of the state-bred races. Ridden by Campbell, Mi Isabella paid $3.80 and accomplished the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:45.18, while Ms. Katherine B. finished second and Zarb’s Ballerina third.
In the $100,000 Red Camelia Handicap restricted to older fillies and mares on turf, Sport of Kings Racing LLC’s Raspberry Wine pressed the pace briefly before taking command and drew off late for a 2 1/2-length victory. The co-favorite, with Robby Albarado aboard, paid $7 and covered about 1 1/16 miles over the grass in 1:44.12.
Autobesarah was up to gain the second spot in the Red Camelia, finishing a neck in front of Intractabie.
The second half of Lagniappe Weekend is slated for closing day of Fair Grounds’ season on Sunday.
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