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Stakes Recaps: Grade III Colonel E. R. Bradley & Louisiana Handicap
Daddy Nose Best Outranks Rivals in Col. Bradley; Fordubai Upsets FG's $100,000 Louisiana Handicap
Cathy and Bob Zollars’ favored Daddy Nose Best, unhurried early and without racing room, launched a bold bid once clear when set down for the drive and was up to best Diamond Racing et al.’s Adios Nardo in Saturday’s Grade III Col. E. R. Bradley Handicap at about 1 1/16-miles over a yielding Stall-Wilson turf course at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Rosie Napravnik, Daddy Nose Best paid $5.80, $3.40 and $2.80, toured the distance in 1:46.54 and increased his career earnings to $942,303 with his ninth win in 24 career starts.
“I was very, very blocked at the top of the stretch,” said Napravnik, “had a lot to do in the lane but he finished really nicely for me.”
Adios Nardo, who prompted the pace under Mark Guidry, gained the advantage in mid-stretch, could not withstand the winner late but held the place by a half paying $6.80 and $3.80.
Moyglare Stud’s Speaking of Which rallied late to gain the show position and returned $3.20.
Charles Craig Smith’s String King made the pace along the inside with splits of 24.41 and 51.02, but had no rally when challenged.
FORDUBAI UPSETS FG’S $100,000 LOUISIANA Handicap—Jim Tafel’s Fordubai --overlooked in the wagering -- prompted the pace, saved ground throughout, took command in upper stretch and drew clear late for a one-length score in Saturday’s 68th running of Fair Grounds’ $100,000 Louisiana Handicap while drifting out late when well clear of rivals.
Fordubai was ridden by Robby Albarado and trained by Greg Geier.
“I got inside and we took advantage of it,” said Albarado. “I was able to save ground on both turns and when we turned for home he ran hard.”
The winner who returned mutuels of $16.80, $9.60 and $3.60, had to survive a claim of foul by the rider of Zayat Stables’ odds-on favorite Prayer for Relief for interference at the quarter pole before the 1 1/16-mile race for older horses was declared official. He toured the distance in 1:43.37 and increased his career earnings to $327,452 with his fifth victory in 11 lifetime starts.
Maggi Moss’s Grand Contender made the early pace with splits of 23.84 and 47.49 but could not withstand the winner late, saving the place by a neck paying $5.80 and $2.60, while Prayer for Relief, who lacked the needed response held down the third spot to return $2.10 as the public’s 3-5 wagering choice.