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Graham Wins Four; Ide Better Win Takes Feature
Irish-born jockey James Graham became the first jockey to ride four winners on the same program this season at Fair Grounds on Monday when he captured the final event on the nine-race program astride Just Another Girl, who returned a $10.40 win mutuel.
Graham began his lucky “four-leaf clover” by riding Built to Precision in the opener for a $15.60 payoff, and came right back in the second half of the Daily Double with Pretty Drink, who paid $2.80. Graham returned to the winner’s circle after the fifth aboard Glittermans Cartel and then achieved his four-bagger in the last race of the afternoon.
Ide Better Win Takes Monday Feature
Jenine Tate’s Ide Better Win, allowed to settle early in Monday’s $45,000 six-furlong feature restricted to accredited Louisiana-bred 2-year-olds, rallied to take command at the furlong grounds and then drew off for a 2 1/2-length tally at the wire.
Trained by Noral Tate and ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., Ide Better Win increased his career earnings to $34,740 with his first victory in four lifetime starts, toured the distance in 1:13.05 over the track rated “good” and returned mutuels of $11, $5.60 and $3.80.
Foxwood Plantation’s My Star Runner, who made the pace with early splits of 21.91 and 46.07, held onto the second spot, paying $14.80 and $9.60 while finishing a half-length to the good of B. J. Dore and Corale Richards’ A Rang a Tang, who returned $6.40 in the show position.
Racing resumes Thursday at Fair Grounds with a nine-race program with a first post of 1 p.m. and will be highlighted this Saturday with the 19th running of the Louisiana Champions Day program at Fair Grounds.