NEW ORLEANS (Friday, February 24, 2012) – Andrena Van Doren’s Starlite Starbrite came up to make the pace leaving the backstretch and never relinquished command thereafter, posting a 2 1 /4-length victory in main event during Friday’s fourth of six Starlight Racing programs this season under the lights at Fair Grounds.
Ridden by Rosie Napravnik, the Tom Amoss trainee toured the 5 1/2-furlong distance of the $53,000 filly and mare allowance and $62,500 optional claiming dash in 1:03.42 after early splits of 22.14 and 44.86. She increased her career earnings to $238 802 with her sixth lifetime victory in 17 starts and returned mutuels of $7.60, $3 and $2.60 as the second choice of the fans.
Right Time Racing’s favored Bouquet Booth, heroine of last season’s $98,000 Silverbulletday Stakes here, rallied in the late stages to gain the place, paying $4 and $3 while finishing a neck to the good of Joe Agular’s Sharp Tongue Lady, who returned $2.80 for her third-place finish.
Racing resumes Saturday at Fair Grounds for its gala expanded 12-race Louisiana Derby Preview Day program with its special early first race post time of 12:10 p.m.