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Trubs Takes Black Gold Stakes; Wicked Deed Wins Tiffany Lass
Adele Dilschneider and Claiborne Farm’s Trubs came up outside the leaders to challenge entering the stretch run of Saturday’s 54th running of Fair Grounds’ tradition-rich $60,000 Black Gold Stakes and then outfought Pin Oak Stable’s Divine Music the rest of the way to be best by a neck at the wire.
Under a determined ride by jockey Jesse Campbell, the Al Stall Jr.-trained Trubs toured the six furlong distance in 1:11.18, increased his career earnings to $99,675 with his third win in seven lifetime starts and returned mutuels of $8.80, $3.20 and $2.60.
“I think the most important thing was that he broke sharp,” Campbell said before rushing to catch a plane to Delta Downs in time for Saturday night’s Premier Night to ride Take Me Home Too in the Premier Night Starlet Stakes. “The more I studied the race, I knew there was pace but I didn’t see any defined pace so he put himself into a good spot and he finished very game.”
Divine Music paid $3 and $2.40 as the Black Gold runner-up and Vinery Stables’ Changing the Rules finished third 3 1/2 lengths farther back and returned $2.10
WICKED DEED TOPS TIFFANY LASS – Earlier in the afternoon, four 3-year-old fillies were abreast when they turned for home in the inaugural running of the $60,000 Tiffany Lass Stakes at six furlongs, but it was Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Wicked Deed who drew off steadily the rest of the way to capture Fair Grounds’ new Tiffany Lass by 5 1/4-lengths with leading rider Rosie Napravnik astride.
“She broke sharp and I thought there’d be a little bit more speed in there, but everybody was kind of sitting and I was able to sit against her comfortably so I had plenty of horse when we turned for home,” said Napravnik.
Trained by Fair Grounds’ leading trainer Steve Asmussen, the daughter of Harlan’s Holiday toured the distance in 1:11.75. Wicked Deed paid $4.80 and $2.40 and increased her career earnings to $85,560 with her third win in five lifetime starts.
Prime Equestrian’s Flash Mash got up for second in the Tiffany Lass, paying $2.40 to place after finishing a nose to the good of Richard Davis’s Unbridled Praise, while Majestic Farms’ Lost My Halo set early fractions of 22.34 and 45.99 before weakening to fourth.
Racing resumes Sunday at Fair Grounds with a nine-race program beginning at 12:40 p.m.