Graham began his lucky “four-leaf clover” by riding Built to Precision in the opener for a $15.60 payoff, and came right back in the second half of the Daily Double with Pretty Drink, who paid $2.80. Graham returned to the winner’s circle after the fifth aboard Glittermans Cartel and then achieved his four-bagger in the last race of the afternoon.
Jenine Tate’s Ide Better Win, allowed to settle early in Monday’s $45,000 six-furlong feature restricted to accredited Louisiana-bred 2-year-olds, rallied to take command at the furlong grounds and then drew off for a 2 1/2-length tally at the wire.
Trained by Noral Tate and ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr., Ide Better Win increased his career earnings to $34,740 with his first victory in four lifetime starts, toured the distance in 1:13.05 over the track rated “good” and returned mutuels of $11, $5.60 and $3.80.
Foxwood Plantation’s My Star Runner, who made the pace with early splits of 21.91 and 46.07, held onto the second spot, paying $14.80 and $9.60 while finishing a half-length to the good of B. J. Dore and Corale Richards’ A Rang a Tang, who returned $6.40 in the show position.
Racing resumes Thursday at Fair Grounds with a nine-race program with a first post of 1 p.m. and will be highlighted this Saturday with the 19th running of the Louisiana Champions Day program at Fair Grounds.