Beau's Town Captures Pelleteri 'Cap

(from track report)
Beau's Town did not disappoint as the favorite, winning the $150,000 Pelleteri Breeders' Cup Handicap at six furlongs at Fair Grounds Sunday.

Sent off at even-money odds, Beau's Town, who shipped in from Oaklawn Park, gave trainer Cole Norman his first stakes win at the New Orleans track.

Despite dropping his whip when Beau's Town lugged out in the turn, jockey Jamie Theriot and Beau's Town drew clear in the stretch to win by 2 3/4 lengths from Mountain General. It was another 1 3/4 length back to Bonapaw in third.

"I broke sharp and just stayed right off the leader," Theriot said. "When I asked him in the turn he glanced at Bonapaw and went a little wide. I straightened him up and called on him again and he gave me it all."

Beau's Town established a stakes record, going six furlongs in 1:08.83.

"He's been doing real well," said Robert Beck of owner Coast To Coast Racing Fund. "We thought we'd try him against the big sprinters at Fair Grounds. He ran great and we had questions about how well he would run with an off track, but everything worked out the way we wanted."

Beau's Town posted his eighth win from 11 starts. The first-place check of $90,000 boosted his lifetime earnings to $267,600.

Beau's Town paid $4, $2.60, and $2.10. Mountain General returned  $2.60 and $2.20. Bonapaw's show price was $2.40.

(Chart, Equibase)