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Icon Ike Takes Command of Colonel Power; Extravaganza Withstands Inquiry in Happy Ticket
By Graham Ross, Staff Writer
NEW ORLEANS (Saturday, March 16, 2013) –Taking advantage of the contentious speed duel up front in Saturday’s 25th renewal of the $75,000 Colonel Power Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Fletcher and CarolynGray’s Icon Ike responded to the commands of jockey James Graham in the final furlong and drew off late for a 2 3/4-length score at the wire.
“They went really quick in front of me and I was hoping they would,” said Graham of the favorable set-up. “He (Icon Ike) settled perfect and finished off good.”
Icon Ike returned mutuels of $7.80, $4.20 and $3, toured the about 5 1/2-furlongs over the Stall-Wilson Turf Course rated firm in 1:03.86 and increased his career earnings to $295,544 with his seventh win in 16 lifetime starts.
Thunderhead Farms’ Billy Two Hats rallied late to be clearly second best, paying $22.20 and $9.40 while finishing 1 1/4-lengths in front of Carl Moore Management’s Chamberlain Bridge, who overcame a lunging horrendous start to recover and return $3.40 for the show.
Mike Munna Racing Stable’s Comisky’s Humor, well placed early, gained the advantage in mid-stretch but could not sustain the bid.
Klaravich Stable and William Lawrence’s Sum of the Parts and Black Sheep Racing’s China had alternated for the early splits of 21.34 and 45.24 before tiring.
EXTRAVAGANZA BESTS STORM’S PROMISE, MONONO IN FG’S HAPPY TICKET STAKES – Stone Farm’s Extravaganza bested Jerry Namy’s Storm’s Promise by a nose and Agave Racing Stable’s Monono by a half-length in Saturday’s $75,000 Happy Ticket Stakes over the firm Stall-Wilson Turf Course at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots but then had to survive a stewards’ inquiry concerning all three horses in the late stages of the grass dash.
However, following the inquiry, the stewards decided to allow the original order of finish remain in the about 5 1/2-furlong sprint for fillies and mares.
Asked about the inquiry after the race, winning trainer Mike Stidham said, “I wasn’t very happy about it but it went our way. The stewards needed to look at it; there was a little bit of jostling going on, so they looked at it and I was happy it went our way.”
Extravaganza, who had been allowed to settle just behind the early leaders by winning rider Richard Eramia, continued with good courage throughout the bumping stretch run and got up in the last jump.
“It was not a big problem,” Eramia said of the stretch run. “The outside was coming down a little bit and mine was maybe coming out a little bit but we had to keep our position. That horse in between didn’t have any more horse and had to take back a little bit, but thank you Lord, they didn’t take me down.”
Extravaganza paid mutuels of $7.20 $4.20 and $3.20, accomplished the distance in 103.96 and increased her career earnings to $174,000 with her fifth win in 12 career starts.
Storm’s Promise made the pace with splits of 22.24 and 45.94 but could not withstand the winner in the last jump and returned mutuels of $9 and $5.
Monono had good position in mid-stretch but could not sustain her bid and paid $7.60 for the show spot.