Inspired made the pace with splits of 22.37 and 45.26 while Speedacious, away tardily, got her head in front in the late stages but could not sustain the advantage when Inspired launched her second bid.
“She’s one of the best mares on the grounds,” said the Peruvian-born reinsman. “She broke a little slow today but we’ll take the dead-heat.”
Inspired, trained by Allen Iwinski, was ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan and paid $2.60, $2.80 and $2.60 while finishing on even terms with Speedacious.
“She’s got a lot of ‘try’ to her,” said Bridgmohan, who was scoring his fourth win of the afternoon aboard Inspired, who increased her own career earnings to $256,385 with her sixth win in 16 career starts. “She’s a pretty honest horse. She’s gutsy.”
Jerry Jamgotchian’s Smarty’s Emperoress finished third, returning $3.20 to show while 5 3/4-lengths behind the top two
Racing resumes Sunday at Fair Grounds with a 12-race program beginning at 12:40 p.m.