Switching Gears Wins Friday Feature

Responding to a well-judged ride by jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, Thoroughbred Futures Racing II’s Switching Gears took command briefly in the run down the backstretch, relinquished it before entering the second turn but then came again inside the furlong grounds to wear down rivals and capture Sunday’s $51,000 allowance optional claiming feature for sophomore fillies at Fair Grounds by a neck.

Trained by Steve Margolis, Switching Gears returned mutuels of $15.80, $7.60 and $4.40, increased her career earnings to $88,351 with her second career win from seven lifetime starts and accomplished the mile and 70 yard-distance in 1:43.41 after alternating for the recorded early splits of 25.20 and 48.88.

Dede McGehee’s St. John’s River showed early foot before dropping back, regained the lead briefly at the eighth pole, could not withstand the winner late but was clearly second best, paying $5.20 and $3.40 to place while finishing 2 1/2-lengths to the good of Philip Maas’s Wahoo Babe, who returned $3.40 to show and also had the lead much of the way before weakening.

Racing resumes Saturday at Fair Grounds with a 10-race program beginning at 12:40 p.m.