Fair Grounds: Saturday Recap

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Frisco Bash
Frisco Bash is a Staff writer for Horse Racing Radar
Monday, February 15, 2021

The $400K Risen Star Stakes was won by MANDALOUN, ridden by Florent Geroux, trained by Brad Cox, and owned by Juddmonte Farms. He earned a 98 Beyer grinding out the victory.

It was a 1-2-3 finish by the same horses who hit the board in the Lecomte Stakes, though the order was reversed this time: MANDALOUN on top, then PROXY, then MIDNIGHT BOURBON.

MANDALOUN was coming in with blinkers for the first time and was the $2.10 favorite. He broke well and was positioned in third, similar to the trip he got in the Lecomte Stakes last month. The leaders ran through opening fractions of 23.65 and 48.45. MANDALOUN relaxed into a steady stride through the back stretch. By the turn for home, he loomed 3-wide toward leaders RIGHTANDJUST and MIDNIGHTBOURBON, while PROXY trailed him going 4-wide. They ran three quarters in 1:12.74, and it's the Lecomte Stakes all over again! Any one of the trio had a shot to win with a half furlong left to go — but it is MANDALOUN whose finishing stride was the strongest. He wins by a length and a quarter over PROXY, who lunged late to grab second over MIDNIGHT BOURBON in third. The final time for the 1 1/16th mile distance was 1:50.39. 

MANDALOUN paid $6.20 to win, $4.00 to place, $3.00 to show. He is the son of INTO MISCHIEF out of BROOCH by EMPIRE MAKER. He's now won 3 of 4 starts, pushed his earnings to $351,252, and added 50 qualifying KY Derby points to his name. 

The $200K Mineshaft Stakes was won by MAXFIELD, ridden by jockey Florent Geroux, trained by Brendan Walsh, and owned by Godolphin — in another easy victory.

MAXFIELD sported a blue shadow roll for trainer Brendan Walsh. When the gates opened, MAXFIELD hopped in the air but was gathered and settled into 6th position, near the back of the pack, while the leader DINAR opened up by six lengths to lead the group through fractions of 23.97 and 47.49. By the turn for home, DINAR was coming back to the field quite quickly. MAXFIELD and BLACKBERRY WINE cruised to the front, hitting the stretch together to duke it out for the lead, but MAXFIELD was much the best. He opened up three lengths when his jockey Florent Geroux pushed him to go. The whip wasn't necessary as MAXFIELD was geared down at the wire. SONNEMAN was second, CHESS CHIEF came third.

The final time was 1:43.67 for the one mile and one sixteenth journey over a Fast track.

MAXFIELD paid $3.20 to win, $2.40 to place, and $2.10 to show. He's 5 for 5, the son of STREET SENSE out of VELVETY by BERNARDINI, with earnings pushed to $615,262.

The $300K Rachel Alexandra Stakes was won by CLAIRIERE by CURLIN out of Cavorting by Bernardini — turning the tables on her rival TRAVEL COLUMN in thrilling finish.

CLAIRIERE broke well, but got underway rather lazily. She settled at the rear while the group led through opening quarters of 23.73 and 47.99. The rail opened up and allowed CLAIRIERE to cruise forward, enjoying a ground saving trip. By the turn for home, her rival TRAVEL COLUMN, who had been racing up close to pace early, made the lead and dashed for home. But CLAIRER was full of run and set dead aim on TRAVEL COLUMN, mowing her down through the stretch to win by a neck. MOON SWAG got up for third. The final time for the one mile and one sixteenth distance was 1:45.34.

CLAIRERE paid $6.60 to win, $3.00 to place, and $2.60 to show. She is by CURLIN out of Cavorting by BERNARDINI. She's now won two out of three starts, with earnings of $270,492. She adds 50 Kentucky Oaks Points to her name.

The $150K Fair Ground Stakes was won by CAPTIVATING MOON, ridden by Marcelino Pedroza, trained by Chris Block, owned by  Lothenbach Stables Inc. — to the turmoil of 45-1, blowing up the tote board.

The journey was a one mile and one eighth run over a yielding turf course. CAPTIVATING MOON broke well and settled toward the rear of the field for the first three quarters of the race. He settled into a steady stride, initiating his rally as they approach the turn. He circled the field, swinging more than 6-wide, racing toward the middle the stretch. With a furlong left to go, he sustained his rally and ran past the leaders to win by almost two lengths. LOGICAL MYTH was second, PEACE ACHIEVED was third. The fractional times were 23.35, 48.18, 1:12.20 with the final time of 1:50.27.

CAPTIVATING MOON paid $89.00 to win, $29.00 to place, and $19.20 to show. He is by MALIBU MOON out of APPEALING STORM, by VALID APPEAL. He won 1 of 2 races this year with earnings pushed to $91,250.

The $100K Albert M. Stall Memorial Stakes was won by DALIKA, ridden by Miguel Minam trained by Albert Stall Jr., owned by Bal Mar Equine. 

It was a one mile and one sixteenth race over a yielding turf. DALIKA took a stalking trip, running in second ¾ of the race. The leaders led through fractions of 24.67, 49.91, and 1:14.88. She makes a bold move to hit the front by the top of stretch and sustain her run, winning by a comfortable length over TEMPLE CITY TERROR in second, with PASS THE PLATE in third. The final time was 1:45.16.

DALIKA paid $5.80 to win, $4.20 to place, and $3.20 to show. She is by PASTORIUS out of DRAWN TO RUN by HURRICANE RUN. That's now 6 wins from 18 starts, pushing her earnings to $398,005. 

The $100K Colonel Power Stakes was won by JUST MIGHT, ridden by Colby Hernandez, for trainer Michelle Lovell, and for owners Griffon Farms and Michelle Lovell.

JUST MIGHT took the field gate to wire for the five and a half furlong dash on the dirt. He led them through opening fractions of 22.36 and 44.89. It was a fast track, he never looked back, ultimately opening up win by five lengths. EXTRAVAGANT KID, the heavy favorite, finished second, WENT WEST ran for third. The final time was 1:02.75.

JUST MIGHT paid $7.40 to win, $3.60 to place, $3.20 to show. He is by JUSTIN PHILLIP out of DYNAMITE BABE by DYNAMEAUX. That makes four career wins with earnings pushed to $330,482.


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