Never a Doubt in Page Cortez as Ova Charged Crowned “Cajun Queen”

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New Orleans, La (March 24, 2024) – For her fourth stakes win of the 152nd Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots meet, Brittlyn Stable’s Ova Charged shot out of the gates and never looked back, winning the $100,000 Page Cortez Stakes by 12 1/2 lengths. Stablemate Rue La La ran second to complete the Brittlyn Stable-homebred, Star Guitar-sired exacta in the 5 1/2-furlong turf contest. One race later in the Star Guitar Stakes, Behemah Star added to the sire’s flair to complete the Star Guitar-sired stakes Daily Double.

“She’s a special, special horse,” owner Evelyn Benoit said. “So sweet. So calm. She’s just a sweetheart and so is Rue La La. She is the gift from Star Guitar that keeps giving. Star Guitar is the gift that keeps on giving–Al Stall said that years ago and it’s true. Ova Charged’s sister, Manama Gold is the talk of Dubai, undefeated. It makes me feel so good to have (Ova Charged) known internationally.”

Trained by Fair Grounds’ 2023 – 2024 leading trainer Shane Wilson, Ova Charged took jockey Jose Guerrero along for the ride, clocking in at 1:01.90.

“She broke really fast this time,” Guerrero said. “I think she outbroke me. That is a nice, nice filly to ride. I want to thank Mr. Shane and Ms. Benoit. I looked back and didn’t see anyone coming and I thought we’ll get this one easy like the last time.”

Last out in the Mardi Gras Stakes, Ova Charged asserted her dominance, beating the field of eight open company fillies and mares by 5 1/4 lengths.

Brittlyn Stable won the owner’s title, the second in the last three years for Evelyn Benoit.

Ove Charged gifted the public $2.20, $2.20, and $2.10.

In 15 starts, the “Cajun Queen” has a 12-1-0 record and $608,780 in jewels and riches.

Behemah Star Scores Second Star Guitar Stakes

With the 2022 edition already on his resume, Brittlyn Stable’s Behemah Star scored his second $100,000 Star Guitar Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots on Sunday. The son of Star Guitar beat four older Louisiana-bred males, putting 2 1/2 lengths between he and Budro Talking to complete the 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.05.

Trained by Fair Grounds’ 2023 – 2024 leading trainer Shane Wilson, Behemah Star’s pilot was Jose Guerrero.

“I knew he was ready,” Guerrero said. “Last time he got tired but today I knew he was ready. I was really really comfortable the way he did it. I really appreciate this opportunity from Mr. Shane and Ms. Benoit. It’s really nice to ride for these kinds of people.”

Breaking to the lead and setting an opening call in :26.17, soon Behemah star was taken over by Budro Talking who led the way from the rail through a second quarter of :50.17. Comfortable to stalk in second, Behemah Star saved his run for the end, bidding by Budro Talking who finished second. Blue Cheese came late for third.

Behemah Star completed the Star-Guitar-sired stakes Daily Double, as Ova Charged won the Page Cortez sprinting on the turf the race prior.

“These Star Guitars can do everything,” Wilson said. “He’s had stakes winners on the dirt, on the turf. Every week he’s producing another one. He’s the best sire in the state. We’re thankful Ms. Benoit has given us a chance this meet. It’s been a blast to run in these kinds of races and get the job done for her.”

The versatile 6-year-old has a career record of 23-7-7-4 with $435,421 in the bank.


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