No Pulling Punches for The Beter Man Can

(from Fair Grounds report)
The Beter Man Can pulled an 11-1 shocker in the Tiffany Lass Stakes, overhauling odds-on favorite Punch Appeal at the top of the stretch to capture the $100,000 event for 3-year-old fillies Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course.

Ridden by regular rider E.J. Perrodin, the Louisiana-bred daughter of Lord Avie stalked Punch Appeal, the heavy 2-5 choice, to the top of the stretch before thrusting to the lead as they turned for home.

With Enduring Will closing steadily on the outside, it was a battle to the wire between the trio, with The Beter Man Can digging in and holding off Enduring Will. Punch Appeal, who was ridden by Donnie Meche after jockey Jerry Bailey failed to arrive at Fair Grounds due to flight delays, finished another half-length back in third.

Trained by Patrick Mouton, The Beter Man Can became only the second Louisiana-bred to win the Tiffany Lass. The Beter Man Can improved her record to four wins from five lifetime starts, including three stakes wins. Her lone defeat was a fifth-place finish in the Lassie on Louisiana Champions Day Dec. 11.

Owned by Stanley Seelig, The Beter Man Can boosted her career earnings to $161,298 with the victory.

She paid $24.40, $8.40 and $2.10. Enduring Will returned $5 and $2.10 and completed a $107.20 exacta. Punch Appeal's show was $2.10.

(Chart, Equibase)