Miz Ida Wins 'Black Cat' Memorial; Icon Ike Scores in Black Gold

After launching a strong bid between rivals in the stretch run, Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein’s Miz Ida proved best by three-quarters of a length in Saturday’s fifth running of the $75,000 Allen LaCombe Memorial Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

Ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan and trained by Steve Margolis, the daughter of red hot sire Proud Citizen returned mutuels of $24.80, $11.40 and $7, toured the about 7 1/2-furlong distance over the Stall-Wilson turf course rated yielding in 1:34.23 and increased her career earnings to $98,653 with her third win in five lifetime trips to the post.

“This horse is named for a Holocaust survivor (Ida Schultz),” said Margolis after the race. “She’s a friend of Bert and Elaine’s who is just a wonderful lady and lives in South Florida now. She is one more ray of sunshine down there. She’s very happy to have this horse named after her. We’ve had this race in mind for this horse since she won her last race down here (Dec. 21).”

Winning jockey Bridgmohan had additional praise for the Allen LaCombe Memorial winner – a race named in honor of Fair Grounds late revered longtime publicity director who died in 1989.

“She’s a nice, gutsy kind of horse who should get a lot of credit, because she did a lot of things today on her own,” the rider said. “She ran hard all the way. All I had to do was keep her out of trouble.”

Hinkel Farm’s Firehouse Red finished second in the “Black Cat” – named for Fair Grounds’ legendary publicity director who passed away in 1989 – paying $6.20 and $4.80 while finishing three-quarters of a length in front of Whitehall Lane Farm’s Citizen Advocate, who paid $6 to show after early splits of 25.80 and 50.92.

ICON IKE GETS UP IN $75,000 BLACK GOLD STAKES – Fletcher & Carolyn Gray’sIcon Ike raced alone in mid-pack before rallying on the outside under leading rider Rosie Napravnik to win Saturday’s co-featured $75,000 Black Gold Stakes for 3-year-olds at Fair Grounds.

Trained byLarry Jones, the leading stakes-winning conditioner this season, the Kentucky-bred son of Yes It’s True completed the 7 ½ furlongs over the yielding Stall-Wilson turf course in 1:32.85.

Hero of Order – who set the early fractions of 25.93 and 49.75 – crossed the wire in second, but was placed fourth for interference in the stretch after drifting out twice. The disqualification resulted in Don Eberts’ Pure Tactics being placed second, while Terry Hamilton’s betting favorite Hammers Terror was elevated to third in the official order.

Icon Ike won for the third time this meet, improving his career record to 6-3-0-1 and increasing his career earnings to $98,344. The winner returned $25, $10.20 and $5.40. Pure Tactics paid $5 and $3.20, while Hammers Terror was worth $3 for a $2 show bet.

Racing resumes Sunday at Fair Grounds with a 10-race program beginning at 12:40 p.m.