Smoke Glacken's veteran sprinter Delaunay won his fourth straight stakes in Saturday's $75,000 F. W. Gaudin Memorial at Fair Grounds, sprinting to a front-running 4 1/4-length score (VIDEO
Pressed through a quarter-mile in a very lively :21.44, Delaunay had a half-length lead over Hamiltonian. That foe continued the chase around the turn and into the stretch, but Delaunay proved too much in the stretch, increasing his margin with each stride to get the six furlongs in 1:09.06, just a second off the track record.
“He’s pretty professional. He broke pretty good today and I just stayed out of his way and let him do his thing,” said winning rider Shaun Bridgmohan. “Tom (trainer Amoss) had him great and ready to go and he showed it.”
“(He's) a horse that really doesn’t like the rail, which was his post position today,” said Amoss. “So Shaun had a tough decision to make and he broke very sharp and the decision was to try to run them off of their feet and go very, very fast and just kind of coast home at the end. (He) won the race in the first five-eighths of a mile.”
With his fourth straight stakes win and 12th victory in 37 lifetime starts, Delaunay increased his career earnings to $449,455 for his owner Maggi Moss. Prior to Saturday's win, Delaunay took the Thanksgiving Day H., also at Fair Grounds, the Bet On Sunshine H. at Churchill Downs in November, and the Temperence Hill S. at Louisiana Downs.
“Maggi and I will talk,” said Amoss when asked about Delauney's next race. “We always do. She is very involved. She was involved in picking this horse out when we claimed it and, you know, if I had my druthers we’d stay right here. We’ll look for the Duncan Kenner ($150,000, on March 9), which is the big sprint race at the end of the meet here.”
Delaunay was Smoke Glacken's leading earner of 2012, with $247,055 over the campaign, and is one of 10 stakes horses by his sire last year. Bred in Maryland by Fitzhugh, Delaunay is out of the stakes winning mare Perilous Night.