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Mena Wins Five, Cemented by Cleadon in Feature
Jockey Miguel Mena guided Andrew Farm, Scanlon and O’Connor’s favored Celadon to a neck victory in Monday’s $53,000 allowance optional claiming feature for older fillies and mares at about 5 1 /2-furlongs over Fair Grounds’ Stall-Wilson turf course, giving the Peruvian-born rider his fifth win of the afternoon and leaving him four wins shy of the 1,000-career win milestone.
Mena finished third aboard Wild Again Soul in the day’s ninth and final race, his one opportunity to tie the track record of six wins on a day, held by several riders.
Celadon, trained by Ronny Werner, increased her career earning to $82,636 with her third win in five lifetime starts, toured the distance over the “good” grass in 1:05.67 and returned mutuels of $4.60, $3.40 and $2.20.
Maggi Moss’s Speedy Spice, unhurried early, could not catch the winner in the late stages but gained the place, paying $6.20 and $3.40 while finishing a half-length to the good of Martin Cherry’s Hello Monday, who returned $2.60 to show.
Hello Monday accomplished early fractions of 23.61 and 47.86 before weakening against the top two.
Racing resumes Thursday at Fair Grounds with a 10-race program beginning at 12:40 p.m.