Half To Claireere, La Crete Reunites To Win Silverbulletday – Horse Racing News

2/22/2022 – La Crete (#5) with jockey Joel Rosario on board pulls back from Fannie and Freddie to win the 30th running of the Silverbulletday Stakes at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir



The half-sister of Clairiere out of the top racing mare Cavorting, the self-bred Stonestreet La Crete, proved her courage on the track this Saturday afternoon. Medaglia d’Oro’s 3-year-old daughter set the pace in the $150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes at the Fair Grounds, but was passed in the stretch by Fannie and Freddie (3-1). Refusing to give up aboard La Crete, Jockey Joel Rosario propelled her to the finish line until she rallied again in the shade of the wire to take a one-length win. La Crete, the even money favorite, completed a mile and 70 yards on the fast main track in 1:43.93 ahead of trainer Steve Asmussen.

It was the third win on the map for Rosario and Asmussen. With her win, La Crete took 10 points at the Road to the Kentucky Oaks.

La Crete wasn’t the fastest out of the gate, but she picked up the pace on the way to the clubhouse bend and took command for the first quarter mile. Rosario kept her pace measured by fractions of 24.50 and 48.79 seconds, Fannie and Freddie two lengths ahead in the backstretch.

Fannie and Freddie soared past La Crete around the far corner, and the two ran head-to-head at the top of the track. The pair drifted toward the center of the lane as they battled for the wire, and Fannie and Freddie got her necks out at the eighth post.

Rosario swapped his stick from side to side for a reminder, then went straight back to his left hand to encourage the generously bred La Crete to dig in. La Crete responded willingly and stormed away from her rival in the final steps, crossing the wire a length ahead of Fannie and Freddie. It was several lengths back to Bernabreezy in third, and Candy Raid rounded out the superfecta.

Bred in Kentucky by her owner, La Crete is out of the three-time Grade 1 winning Bernardini mare Cavorting, who made over $2 million on the track for Stonestreet. La Crete’s half-sister, Clairiere (Curlin) earned over $1.2 million with the G1 Cotillion being her highest score.

La Crete won on her Churchill Downs debut in November and remains undefeated after her Silverbulletday win. Her two-for-two record has amassed a profit of $159,460.

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