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Tensas Yucatan Tops Red Camelia Stakes on Closing Day at FG
NEW ORLEANS, La. (March 29, 2009) - James Spence's Tensas Yucatan pressed the pace, took command approaching the lane and drew off for a 2 1/4-length victory in the $60,000 Red Camelia Stakes Sunday, the final stakes race of Fair Grounds' 2008-09 season.
"She was the class of the race," said jockey Jamie Theriot, who was riding his third winner of the day. "She put me where I needed to be. I was just a pilot."
Tensas Yucatan, the public's choice in a field of eight Louisiana-bred fillies and mares, paid $4.40, $3 and $2.60. She covered the about 1 1/16-mile distance over the Stall-Wilson turf course rated "good" in 1:46.36 and increased her career earnings to $402,877 with her seventh victory in 16 lifetime starts.
Sarah Almighty finished second, returning $7.60 and $5.60, and Exciting Empress was third, paying $8.80 to show.
"It's been a great meeting for me," said Tensas Yucatan's trainer Morris Nicks, who saddled three winners on Sunday. "I came here hoping to win 20 races and I won 30."
Royal Madame set early fractions of 24.06 and 49.14 in the Red Camelia before tiring to finish eighth.
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. Information about Fair Grounds can be found on the Internet at www.fairgroundsracecourse.com.