(Trainer W. Bret Calhoun sent out New Boss to win Saturday’s Allen “Black Cat” LaCombe Memorial at the Fair Grounds / Photo Courtesy of Keeneland)
From the Fair Grounds Media Team:
Barry and Carol Conrad’s New Boss passed her two-turn debut with flying colors, as she set an extremely slow early pace and easily held off favored Saranya for a 2 ¾-length win in the featured $75,000 Allen “Black Cat” LaCombe Memorial for 3-year-old fillies on Saturday at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
W. Bret Calhoun — New Boss (1st):
“Obviously it was a big question (going the distance), a couple of months in between races and a speed filly stretching out,” Calhoun said. “The thing I liked is when she won last time, she was under a little pressure and it didn’t seem to bother her at all. She rated very kindly. Obviously it’s a lot of difference between 5 ½ and a mile, but she gave us the indication she would settle. Obviously with no pace in here today, we kind of had it our own way, and that was a big key. I think it opens up a lot of options for us.”
Adam Beschizza — New Boss:
Beschizza got aboard New Boss in her turf debut and was up for the win last time, which gave him plenty of confidence for her two-turn debut.
“She’s a real versatile filly and even the thought of going from 5 ½ (furlongs) to a mile was never an issue,” Beschizza said. She’s so chilled out with her mind. (Stretching out from) 5 ½ (furlongs) she had that good gate speed to secure a lead. With her good mind, she settled. She has a real explosive kick, which can get you out of trouble. I think this is a filly that can really move forward off of this.”
Shaun Bridgmohan — Saranya (2nd):
Saranya entered off back-to-back local wins for trainer Brad Cox and ran well in defeat, but was a victim of circumstance. The daughter of The Factor broke her maiden on the lead in January then closed from sixth to win an optional-claimer February 5. Shaun Bridgmohan was aboard for that last win and left with a bit of a helpless feeling.
“I had a great trip around there but unfortunately I had no pace to run at,” Bridgmohan said. “She was comfortable and I had to ride her from there, but I just wish I had something to run at because she was full of run.”
Red Camelia Stakes:
Oak Tree Stable’s homebred Offspring took advantage of a race flow that played to her strengths, got first run on defending champion Net a Bear, and easily held that rival at bay for a 1 ¾-length win in Saturday’s $60,000 Red Camelia for state-bred fillies at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. The win helped make amends for her third-place finish as the favorite behind Room to Finish and Net a Bear in the local Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Turf in December.
Brian Hernandez, Jr. — Offspring (1st):
“We were able to get the perfect trip from the outside,” Hernandez Jr. said. “We were able to slide over to the 2-path and here on this grass course it makes a big difference to save all the ground as much as possible and that’s what we were able to do today. It makes it easy when you have a filly like her that was taking me there the whole way.”
Adam Beschizza — Net a Bear (2nd):
“The pace didn’t help,” Beschizza said. “She’d rather be held together than having to chase her. I was happy and comfortable where I was but they just didn’t come back to me. She was beaten fair and square.”
Joe Sharp — Offspring:
“She’s really just had tough luck with the weather this meet and we obviously know grass is her preferred surface,” Sharp said. “She’s just an honest mare that’s made a living all winter off-the-turf and making he best of bad situations. I was happy for her to be able to get the stakes win that she needed for her future.”