The $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Turf race seemed to have set up perfectly for favorite Trust Factor.
However, just as it seemed the race was his, Extra Credit surged ahead to win, with Fort Pulaski, the 3-1 second favorite, finishing second Saturday at the Fair Grounds.
It was the second of two big wins for trainer Brad Cox and jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, who took the $100,000 Ladies Turf with 5-2 favorite Inveniam Viam.
“It was a perfect trip,” Cox said of Extra Credit, a 4-year-old. “Shaun did a great job, saving ground, fanning him out off the turn and running 'em down down the lane. He trained really well, and I'm very pleased with the effort.
“We were wondering if he was the same horse he was as a 3-year-old. We had a setback with him during his 3-year-old season, and it took a while to get his feet back under him. But this was his fourth race after the layoff, and he's definitely rounding back into form.”
Fort Pul of ski finished second in the Champions Day Turf for the second consecutive year.
CHAMPION DAY LADIES TURF: Inveniam Viam surged ahead from the mid-stretch on the outside to get the win.
Mr. Al's Gal led from the start, with Tenpins Tempo second and Pera third. They made the turn for home in that order, with Dontmesswithjoanne, the 3-1 second favorite replacing Calamity Jane in fourth.
Inveniam Viam and Pacific Pink then passed the rivals on the way to the wire. The victory made Bridgmohan 5-0 aboard Inveniam Viam.
“(Inveniam Viam) is just an honest filly, and the pace was suitable for her,” Bridgmahom said. “I didn't think it was her best performance, but she's such a classy filly that she gives you everything she has.
“I just wanted to get her clear sailing, and I got after her in the stretch. We make a good team.”