When La Crete became the heavy 3/5 favorite for the $150,000 Silverbulletday Stakes for the top 3-year-old fillies on Saturday at the Fair Grounds, it looked like there was a top trainer and jockey in the mix.
However, La Crete showed that she deserves to be named among the best fillies and won by length after a short battle with Fannie and Freddie.
The win earned La Crete 10 qualifying points for the Kentucky Oaks, which will be held on May 6. Fannie and Freddie came in second, followed by Bernabreezy 3 lengths back, with Candy Ride in fourth.
“(Fannie and Freddie) looked like it was a winner, but (La Crete) proved she was the best horse,” said jockey Joel Rosario.
La Crete had run in just one race and won a first special weight race at Churchill Downs on November 20. Saturday marked another Silverbulletday win for trainer Steve Asmussen, who won with Finite in 2020 in what was his 1000th career win, and in 2016 with Stageplay.
Call Me Midnight, a 28-1 long shot, secured a photo finish victory in the $200,000 Lecomte Stakes on Saturday at the Fair…
La Crete had led all the way until Fannie and Freddie passed her at the 16th post. Rosario said La Crete was surprised by that. However, she shot past when Fannie and Freddie stopped her at the piece.
La Crete is a half sister of 2021 Rachel Alexandra winner Clairière who has the same mother – Cavorting. Even though La Crete is played lightly, she didn’t panic.
“She trusted me and I just had to keep chasing her,” Rosario said. “I just kept riding and she came back. She’s special. That’s what good horses do.”
Assistant coach Scott Blasi said he doesn’t know yet if La Crete will be back for the Rachel Alexandra on Feb. 19.
LOUISIANA STAKES: Reminiscent of their battles as 3-year-olds, Mandaloun and Midnight Bourbon battled the stretch of the $150,000 Louisiana Stakes before Midnight Bourbon, led by Florent Geroux, triumphed by ¾ of a length in the 4-year-old race and up on the dirt .
Next up is the $250,000 Grade 2 Mineshaft on February 19th. However, trainer Brad Cox said he will opt for the $20 million Saudi Cup on February 26 in Saudi Arabia.
COLONEL ER BRADLEY STAKES: Forty Under, a 12/1 shot, beat Halo Again by a lead to win the $100,000 race for 4-year-olds and up on the grass.
Next up is the $100,000 Colonel Power Stakes on February 19 at the Fair Grounds.