Sandburr Shakes Off Louisiana Handicap Rivals

(from Fair Grounds release)
Fell The Thunder Stable’s Sandburr took command in upper stretch and outran Jonesboro the rest of the way to capture the $75,000 Louisiana Breeders’ Cup Handicap by three-quarters of a length Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course.

Under clever rating by jockey James Graham, who rode three winners on the afternoon, Sandburr toured the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:45.10. He paid $11, $ 4.20, and $2.10.

Winning trainer Mike Stidham credited Graham with the proper pace judgment.

“James came by this morning, and we watched race replays of (Sandburr’s) last few races,” said Stidham, “but I left it up to him how to ride him, and it worked out great.”

Sandburr, an 8-year-old gelded son of Sandpit, increased his career earnings to $260,211 while recording back-to-back wins and his 12th victory from 46 starts.

Odds-on favorite Patriot Act, once again the victim of a slow early pace, rallied belatedly to gain the third spot, a half-length behind Jonesboro.

Jonesboro, who set most of the early fractions of :25.31, :49.40 and 1:13.46, paid $3.20 and $2.20, while Patriot Act returned $2.10.

(Chart, Equibase)