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Stakes Recap: Seeking Ms Shelly Wins FG's Pan Zareta
Dream Walkin’ Farms’Seeking Ms Shelley, trained by Joe Duhon, moved boldly into contention entering the stretch and drew off late to win Saturday’s $75,000 Pan Zareta Stakes by a length and a half under jockey Roman Chapa.
The winning 8-year-old mare, who had failed in two previous Pan Zareta renewals, proved the third time the charm and might have borrowed from one her country singer owner Toby Keith’s famous songs by saying How Do You Like Me Now to her rivals late in the stretch run.
Seeking Ms Shelley, named after one of the singer’s daughters, returned $23.40, $6.20 and $4.20 to her backers and increased her career earnings to $360,046 with her 13th career win in 22 lifetime stars. She accomplished the about 5 ½-furlongs over a soft Stall-Wilson turf course in 1:04.32.
“I was in a perfect spot,” said Chapa. “The trainer told me to lay off the pace and make one big run and that’s just what she did. She’s a great mare.”
Trainer Duhon wanted to spread the credit around.
“She can run on any surface,” Duhon said. “She’s just a race horse. She’s 8-years-old but she tries her best every time. The rider rode her perfect, too. He really knows this horse.”
Bertram and Richard Klein’s favored Good Deed, who cut out early fractions of 21.50 and 45.18, easily held down the runner-up position, paying $2.60 and $2.20 while finishing three-quarters of a length in front of Stoneway Farm LLC’s Swift Artist, who paid $4 to show.
Leinan, Brown Eyes Blue, Storm’s Promise, Hurricane Girl, Mosaicist, Bounding Bi, and La Song completed the order of finish.
Racing resumes Sunday at Fair Grounds with a nine-race program beginning at 1 p.m.