La Recherche Wins Walmac Lone Star Oaks

After stalking a slow pace, Kentucky invader La Recherche closed strong and fast to win Wednesday's $125,000 Walmac Lone Star Oaks at Lone Star Park.

The 3-year-old daughter of champion Sky Classic defeated locally based Devout Sinner by 1 1/2 lengths and gave trainer Tom Amoss his fifth stakes victory at the Grand Prairie, Texas, racetrack.

Le Recherche, a bay filly, ran 1 1/16 miles on firm turf course in 1:44.32, the slowest clocking in five runnings of the rich race for 3-year-old fillies.

"The pace was slow and I had a lot of horse left [for the finish]," said jockey Ronald Ardoin, one of 17 jockeys which have won more than 5,000 races. "Tom always brings them up quick, fast and ready."

La Recherche earned $75,000 for the win and improved her record to three wins and three seconds in eight starts. Her earnings total $156,154. She was purchased privately by Marc and Jill Winston of New Orleans after her second start.

Amoss has trained for the Winstons for "about four or five years," according to the trainer.

Wednesday's victory was Amoss' second Walmac Lone Star Oaks win. He took the race in 1999 with Mumtaz, who was voted Lone Star Park's champion turf horse that year.