Mizz Money is aiming to earn more dollars for L.T.B., Inc. and Hillerich Racing.
On Saturday, Mizz Money was just .56 seconds off the track record during the $60,000 Allen Lacombe Memorial, a 7.5-furlong grass event for sophomore fillies, running down rival Divine Dawn in the closing stages for a time of one minute, 29.82 seconds.
Now, the Kentucky-bred has earned a reputation, which could continue to the Grade II $400,000 Fair Grounds Oaks on March 28 at the Fair Grounds.
“The horse has really performed well for us on the grass, and I believe she’s going to go on and be a really good one because we gave her enough time as a 2-year-old to develop herself, grow and get strong,” trainer Bernie Flint said.
Like the color of currency, Miss Money, the daughter of Mizzen Mast and Grand Slam broodmare of Abbeyville Miss, seems to like grass. The thoroughbred is undefeated in three starts this year, and is working to following in the racing footsteps of Mizzen Mast, whom was second in the Group I Grand Prix de Paris at Longchamp on the grass before winning the Grade I Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita Park (2001).
And Miss Money is improving. Instead of racing from the front, aiming for a gate-to-wire victory, the horse, directed by Francisco Torres, showed patience, approaching the back stretch in fifth before making a move.
At least on grass.
Mizz Money lost her two starts last year, both on dirt.
Not ready yet
Neither Defondo (West Point Thoroughbreds) nor Vici (Claiborne Farm and Adele Dilschneider) were ready last month to compete in the Grade II $400,000 Risen Star Stakes.
Yet their management teams still had plans for them to reach the Grade II $750,000 Louisiana Derby on March 28. Meanwhile, both were upstaged by Bubba Roan (1:45.31) on Feb. 26 over one mile, 70 yards. Defondo was second, followed by Vici.
La. Derby golf
The Louisiana Derby Golf Tournament, benefitting the Fair Grounds’ backstretch community, will take place March 24 at Lakewood Country Club and Golf Course (4801 General Degaulle Dr., New Orleans, LA 70131). Registration forms can be found at www.fgno.com/content/louisiana-derby-golf-tournament.
Registration begins at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m., and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.
Players may sign up as a team of four ($450/team) or individuals ($125/player). The tournament will utilize a team scramble format.
Participation fees for all players will include 18 holes of golf, use of a cart, lunch and a goodie bag. Designated specialty holes will also have additional prizes. Event registration ends March 22.
Also, the Fair Grounds will co-host a fundraiser on Monday to benefit Louisiana Horse Rescue and Hogs for the Cause (4:30-6 p.m.). Hosted by Fair Grounds and Tail Gate Tigers, the cochon de lait event will also feature ribs. Tickets can be purchased in advance ($30) at the programs booth or the Louisiana Breeders’ Trailer. Admission is limited to 200 attendees.