07/01/2006 11:00PM

Calista Ridge captures J. Archie Sebastien Memorial


Calista Ridge ($3.00) got Saturday's Louisiana Legends Night off to a rousing start as she won her fifth race in a row in capturing the $75,000 J. Archie Sebastien Memorial. The Noral Tate trainee set all the pace under regular rider Ricky Faul in the mile and seventy-yard affair for older fillies and mares. She held off a stubborn Blueyed Lass to prevail by three-quarters of a length in a time of 1:43.61 over a fast strip, narrowly missing the track record of 1:43.31.

In the $75,000 B. B. Rayburn for 3-year-olds, Costa Rising ($3.60) extended his winning streak to four races with a comfortable four and a quarter length win over Willtosucceed. The winner is trained by Joe Boxie and was ridden by Mario Reyes. The son of Royal Strand covered the mile in 1:39.31.

In the Mervin Muniz, the first of three $40,000 starter allowance stakes on the all Louisiana-bred evening, Run Like Hunter ($12.40) outfinished favored No Surgeon to prevail by a nose. Jerri Nichols guided the Dale Angelle charge to the front running score in a final time of 1:45.47 for the mile and seventy yards.

The $75,000 Pierre LeBlanc for fillies and mare at five and a half furlongs came next and it was Hello Sara Lou ($12.40) picking up her second stakes win in a time of 1:04.55. Male sprinters in the Junis Delahoussaye followed as Cort's P. B. ($23.80) made every pole a winning on as he sprung the upset in a quick 1:09.42 for the six furlongs.

Grand Facile ($7.80) won the Frank Abadie for 3-year-old fillies in the eighth race of the evening followed by veteran's Walk in the Snow's ($7.60) victory in the Pola Benoit at a mile and a sixteenth.

The featured $150,000 D. S. Shine Young Futurity saw the Jerry Delhomme trained Woozy pull off the minor upset. The winner is owned by the Set-Hut LLC stable in which NFL quarterback and son of the trainer Jake Delhomme has an interest.

A pair of longshots completed the night's action as Ipapa Itsit ($36.20) prevailed in the Attaway Darbonne starter going five furlongs while the one mile Gene Norman starter went to Paris Pride ($36.60). The total handle for the evening's action totaled just under $2.2 million on the 12-race program.