More of the Best Wins as 'Cisco Rides Again
NEW ORLEANS, La. (March 6, 2009) - Jockey Francisco Torres, sidelined by injuries for the last two months after a fast start to his local campaign, made a triumphant return to the saddle Friday by guiding More of the Best to a 2 1/4-length victory in the featured $44,000 turf allowance feature at Fair Grounds.
Torres, who also had arthroscopic knee surgery while recovering from the collarbone injury, was injured in a morning workout spill here on Jan. 7. At the time of his injury, Torres ranked second in Fair Grounds' rider standings with 30 wins, including a pair of four-win days.
Taking command just after the start, More of the Best toured the about one mile distance in 1:38.13 after setting early fractions of 24.91 and 49.17. The Bernie Flint trainee posted her second victory in 10 lifetime starts and increased her career earnings to $95,570.
More of the Best returned $11.80, $5 and $3.80, while finishing second was Elision, who paid $3.40 and $2.80 after rallying in the late stages. Pari, well placed early but with no late rally, was a neck farther back in third and returned $3.40.
Racing resumes Saturday at Fair Grounds with a 10-race program beginning at 12:35 p.m. The second running of the $60,000 Allen Lacombe Memorial Handicap for older horses is the feature.
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.