(By My Standards / Photo by Holly M. Smith)
From the Fair Grounds Media Team:
The 3-year-olds may have taken center stage on “Louisiana Derby Day” at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, but Allied Racing Stable’s By My Standards put on a show in the $400,000 New Orleans Classic (G2) run at 1 1/8th miles over the main track rated fast for the marquee Saturday of the meet.
Last year’s 22-1 upset winner of the Twinspires.com Louisiana Derby (G2), By My Standards sat second, just off his stablemate Silver Dust who set pedestrian early fractions of: 25.43 and: 50.09 through a half mile. Turning for home, By My Standards took command and powered home for a three-length victory in a final time of 1:50.27 at odds of 2-1.
Trainer W. Bret Calhoun — By My Standards (1st); Silver Dust:
“This horse has really developed over time,” trainer Bret Calhoun said. “He’s going to be one of the top older horses in the country this year. He’s trained like it. This was a solid group of horses and he proved today what we have been thinking.”
Silver Dust, who was exiting a win in the Mineshaft Stakes (G3) in February at Fair Grounds, was a handful to train earlier in his career, and following a string of much more professional performances, he reverted back to some of his bad habits on Saturday.
“I think Silver Dust acting up in the gate kind of cost him today,” Calhoun said. “He reared up at the start pretty bad. Brian (Hernandez Jr., jockey) second guessed himself, said he probably should have let him go on early on instead of holding him in as much as he did. Can’t make any excuses but the gate issues probably cost us a little there.”
Jockey Gabriel Saez — By My Standards:
“I didn’t think we would be on or near the front end early in the race,” winning jockey Gabriel Saez said. “He brought it going into the first turn. I just sat and let him idle a little bit. We kept a good pace. I knew we had enough at about the 5/16ths. I am really thankful for Bret (Calhoun) and Mr. (Chester)Thomas. What a combination. I am as happy as I can be.”
Jockey Florent Geroux — Fearless (6th):
“Bad ride, bad trip, bad ride,” jockey Florent Geroux explained.