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Tiban Wins Friday Feature
By Graham Ross, Staff Writer
NEW ORLEANS (Friday, January 11, 2013) – Joey Merritt’s odds-on front-running favorite Tiban proved no disappointment Friday at Fair Grounds when he drew off for a facile 5 1/2-length score in the featured $49,000 allowance and $40,000 optional claiming six-furlong sprint.
After breaking alertly and quickly gaining command, Tiban cut out early splits of 21.98 and 45.58 before coming home in 1:10.86 and returning mutuels of $3.60, $2.80 and $2.20.
Trained by Tim Glyshaw and ridden by Leandro Goncalves, Tiban increased his career earnings to $185,313 with his 11th victory from 23 lifetime starts.
Mike McCarty’s LakeVictorgot up in the last jump to finish a nose in front of Two Dimes Stable’s Pisgah Station, paying $9.20 and $4.40 as the runner-up while Pisgah Station returned $3.40 in the show position.
Racing resumes Saturday at Fair Grounds with a special 2 p.m. first race post time for the 13-race card which will also include a zebra race as well as an ostrich race.