Delaunay pulls clear in Fair Grounds' Thanksgiving H.
Smoke Glacken's top sprinter Delaunay took command in upper stretch and drew off for a 2 1/2-length tally in the Fair Grounds’ $100,000 Thanksgiving H. on the traditional holiday feature during the meet's opening day card.
Ridden by Rosie Napravnik, Delaunay stalked the pace of Cash Refund for the first half-mile, which went in :44.96. The bay Kentucky-bred took over at the quarter pole, quickly opening up three length. He held sway in deep stretch to stop the time in a quick 1:08.95.
“He’s a really nice horse to ride,” said Napravnik of the winner. “He was all push-button.”
With his third straight stakes win and 11th victory in 36 lifetime starts, Delaunay increased his career earnings to $404,455 for his owner Maggi Moss.
“Rosie said it was her first Thanksgiving Handicap,” said Tom Amoss, a perennial leading trainer at the New Orleans track. “It was mine, too, and I have had plenty of tries at it and just never won it. It will be a happy night. Look, great crowd, great weather and Delaunay showed up, so I can’t ask for more than that.”
Delaunay is likely to spend the winter at the New Orleans track, according to Amoss. “(Going to) leave him here. I think he is a horse that suits the track and there is a great schedule for sprinters so he is a horse you will see again.”
Delaunay is Smoke Glacken's leading earner this year, with $247,055 over the campaign, and is one of 10 stakes horses by his sire. Bred in Maryland by Fitzhugh, Delaunay is out of the stakes winning mare Perilous Night.