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Calliope Jane Wins Friday Feature

Circustown Stables’ Calliope Jane, always among the leaders, continued willingly when set down for the drive to be best by three-quarters of a length in Friday’s $43,000 six-furlong feature for accredited Louisiana-bred fillies and mares.

Trained by Bret Calhoun and ridden by Jamie Theriot, Calliope Jane paid $8.60, $5.20 and $3.80, toured the distance in 1:11.27 and increased her career earnings to $73,145 with her second victory in nine lifetime starts.

Danny Caldwell’s Hella Bella pressed the pace throughout, could not withstand the late surge of the winner but withstood Ken Hollis Jr.’s Golden Lady Lee by a nose.

Golden Lady Lee alternated for the lead with Jenine Tate’s Classic Ide, held onto the show spot late but had no rally against the top two.

Hella Bella returned mutuels of $34.80 and $18.20 while Golden Lady Lee paid $6.20 following early splits of 22.07 and 46.02.

Racing resumes Saturday at Fair Grounds with an 11-race program beginning at 12:40 p.m.