Stakes Recap: Red Camelia Stakes

I Dazzle Dazzles in FG's $60,000 Red Camelia Stakes

Brent Gasaway et al.’s I Dazzle, now trained by Mike Stidham after arriving from a California campaign,proved herself a worthy favorite when she closed boldly to capture Saturday’s $60,000 Red Camelia Stakes by 1 ¼-lengths over a firm Stall-Wilson turf course at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

The winner, ridden by seven-time Fair Grounds jockey champion Robby Albarado, who was scoring his fourth of five wins for the day, was allowed to settle just behind the early leaders, gained the advantage at the furlong grounds and increased her margin the rest of the way in the stakes restricted to accredited Louisiana-bred older fillies and mares.

I Dazzle paid $4.60, $2.80 and $2.40, toured the about 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:46.19 and increased her lifetime earnings to $289,009 with her sixth win in 22 career starts.

“She was a great ride,” said Albarado. “(Trainer) Mike (Stidham) and I spoke this morning and he was just concerned about saving ground.  I was just a passenger. After the race she galloped out great.”

Cantrell Family Partnership’s Tensas Harbor rallied to gain the place by a neck from Charles Zacney and E. J. Johnston’s Ladyzarbridge, who made the pace with splits of 24.59 and 50.12 before weakening late against the top two.  Tensas Harbor paid $3.40 and $2.80 and Ladyzarbridge returned $5.20 to show.

Miss Goodthing, Dreamglider, Divine Lorretta, Ante Up Annie, Ashley B. and She Loves Runnin’ completed the order of finish.

Racing resumes Sunday at Fair Grounds with a nine-race program beginning at 1:25 p.m.