Tizaqueena, A She’s Adorable Give Stidham One-Two Bayou Handicap Finish

Darley Stable’s odds-on favorite Tizaqueena held back a ferocious late bid by stablemate A She’s Adorable to win by a head give trainer Mike Stidham a one-two finish in Friday’s 41st  running of the $99,000 Bayou Handicap at Fair Grounds. The 1 1/8-mile turf race for fillies and mares highlighted the Fair Grounds Oaks undercard action in New Orleans.

Tizaqueena, piloted by Fair Grounds’ leading rider Shawn Bridgmohan, was clocked in 1:50.29 over a “firm” Stall-Wilson turf course. The victory, worth $60,000, was the 5-year-old mare’s second stakes triumph of the 2009-2010 Fair Grounds meeting. Her career record now stands at seven wins, three seconds and a third from 12 starts with $538,956 in earnings.

Tizaqueena paid $3.40, $2.40 and $2.10 as the 3-5 favorite.

She tracked runaway longshot pacesetter Love to Tell through a quarter mile in :24.26, a half in :48.64 and three-quarters in 1:12.61. When the leader tired and faltered wide at the top of the stretch, Tizaqueena darted to the inside, took command and held off A She’s Adorable, who rallied from seventh to get the place.

A She’s Adorable paid $4.60 and $3 as the 8-1 third betting choice. Never Retreat, the 2-1 second favorite, was third and returned $2.20 to show.
Category Seven, Dancin Perfect, Apple Martini, Love to Tell and Nicksappealinglady completed the order of finish. Favorite Fantasy was scratched by the state veterinarian early in the day.

        The Bayou Handicap was the fourth stakes win of Tizaqueena’s career. On Feb. 27, she prevailed in the Allen LaCombe Memorial. Last year, the Kentucky-bred daughter of Tiznow won the Fortin Handicap in advance of her lone stakes triumph in the Grade II Churchill Downs Distaff Turf Mile on the Kentucky Derby Day undercard.

        Stidham indicated that Tizaqueena would defend her Distaff Turf Mile title. A She’s Adorable will be considered for the May 1 race in Louisville, Ky. as well.