9th-GPX, $43,500, Alw, Opt. Clm. ($25,000), NW1$X, 3yo/up, 1 1/16m, 1:44 1/5, ft.CIGAR STREET (c, 3, Street Sense--Arcadiana, by Deputy Minister)
came back from a troubled-trip fifth on debut at Fair Grounds Feb. 3 to graduate by 13 3/4 lengths there Mar. 10. Cigar Street bumped at the start and ran a wide fourth in the GII Louisiana Derby Apr. 1 before taking a hiatus. Making his first start since transferring from the Steve Margolis barn here, the 8-5 second choice stalked the pace in third from off the rail down the backstretch. The dark bay asserted for the lead turning for home, kicked clear at the top of the lane and finished up well to stay two lengths ahead of Fast Falcon (Awesome Again). "We were pointing toward the Peter Pan when he got hurt," said co-owner Jake Ballis. "We gave him a bunch of time off. Bill Recio had him in Ocala and did a really wonderful job. Bill [Mott] is real good with older horses and trained Cigar, so we thought it would be a good fit. It worked today." Click here
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O-Jake Ballis & Rashard Lewis; B- Marvin Delfiner, Ted Folkerth & Brookdale (KY). T-William I Mott.