Maybe Baby Wins at Fair Grounds Monday
NEW ORLEANS, La. (December 29, 2008) - Phillip Maas' Maybe Baby took command near the top of the stretch and captured the $44,000 allowance optional claiming feature for 2-year-old fillies Monday at Fair Grounds.
The feature was originally carded for the turf, but was transferred to the main track after overnight rains.
Ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr. and trained by Mike Stidham, Maybe Baby finished a length in front of One for Jim and returned $7.40 $3.60 and $2.80. She increased her career earnings to $52,000 with her second victory from four lifetime starts, and covered the one mile in 1:40.18.
Favored One for Jim easily held the second spot at the wire, paying $3 and $2.80 while finishing 2 3/4 lengths in front of Forest Queen, who returned $3.40.
Hint of Lemon set early fractions of :24.38 and :48.90 before tiring to finish seventh.
There is no racing Tuesday at Fair Grounds, but the track begins six consecutive days of racing with a special Wednesday program on New Year's Eve, headlined by the two divisions of the Louisiana Futurity. First post is 12:30 p.m.
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the nation's third-oldest Thoroughbred racing facility, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, Fair Grounds is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ Global Select Market: CHDN); it also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and nine off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. Fair Grounds' 137th Thoroughbred season will run from Nov. 14, 2008, through March 29, 2009, and its inaugural Quarter Horse meet was conducted from Aug. 20-24, 2008. Information about Fair Grounds can be found on the Internet at www.fairgroundsracecourse.com.