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Stakes Recap: Woodchopper Stakes



Martin Racing Stable’s speedy Marchman proved he had the ability to go two turns when he captured Saturday’s $75,000 Woodchopper Stakes Saturday at about one mile over a Stall-Wilson turf course rated yielding with a wire-to-wire performance at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

Quickly in command, the sophomore son of Sharp Humor trained by Bret Calhoun rated kindly under jockey Jamie Theriot and came home 2 ¾-lengths clear, getting the distance in 1:39.53 after recording early splits of 24.73 and 50.45. He paid $12.60, $6.40 and $4.80. The $45,000 winner’s share boosted his career earnings to $154,678.

“He relaxed well for me down the backside,” said Theriot, “and when I asked him to pick it up in the lane he had a lot to give me.”

Gary and Mary West’s Marine Patrol got up for the place, returning $7 and $5.40 while finishing a length and three-quarters in front of Tri-Star Racing’s Brown Almighty, who paid $6.60 to show.

“We knew he liked the turf course but I was a little worried about the two turns,” said conditioner Calhoun. “But he got knocked around a little bit in his last race and I thought if he got clear this time he might be able to carry his speed. The way he was working convinced me to try him in this race.”

Gentleman’s Kitten, His Race to Win, Leadem in Ken, Alvear, Impassable Canyon and General Election completed the order of finish.

Racing resumes Sunday at Fair Grounds with a nine-race program beginning at 1 p.m.