03/21/2008 11:00PM

Candy Ball gets perfect trip


NEW ORLEANS - Candy Ball stalked Elliecat for most of the race, drew even on the turn, and then pulled clear by 1 1/2 lengths to win Saturday's $58,200 Fortin Handicap at Fair Grounds.

The Fortin, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares, was among five stakes on the next-to-last card of the meet, which was to end on Sunday.

Donnie Meche gave Candy Ball ($8) the perfect trip, sitting just off the slow pace. Although Elliecat responded when Candy Ball ranged up at the turn, dueling until mid-stretch, Candy Ball put her away and won going away. She completed the distance on a firm course in 1:44.25.

Elliecat held on for second, three-quarters of a length in front of Platinee.

Tears I Cry finished fifth as the 5-2 favorite in a field reduced to six by five scratches.

Earlier in the meet, the 6-year-old Candy Ball just missed in the Marie Krantz Memorial Handicap and won the Bayou Handicap, both moved from the turf to the main track. In the Fortin, she earned $36,000 for her connections, trainer Andrew Leggio and owner Crown's Way Farms.

Amazing Results wins tight photo

Amazing Results ($8.40) overtook pacesetter Catch Air, then held off Gangbuster and Texas Fever in a three-horse photo at the wire of the $58,800 Grindstone.

Catch Air jumped to the front, leading by as many as eight lengths after the first six furlongs of the 1o1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds on the turf, but finished last in the field of seven.

Shaun Bridgmohan kept Amazing Results in second behind Catch Air, but several lengths in front of the rest of the pack until midstretch. They caught the leader and then held off Gangbuster by a neck with Texas Fever another neck farther back. The final time was 1:45.01.

"It was one of those rare times when everything goes according to plan," said winning trainer Richie Scherer. "I thought he would be laying second, then fending the others off, and that's what happened."

The victory earned $36,000 for owner Team Block.

Ide Like a Double stretches out

Ide Like a Double ($26.20) was much the best in the $75,000 Crescent City Derby, closing to win by 7 1/2 lengths in the 1 1/16-mile race for Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds.

Ridden by Kerwin Clark and trained by Bryon Gilbert, Ide Like a Double won in his first attempt at two turns. He was making his first start since winning a five-furlong sprint at Delta Downs in late January.

Racing in fourth for the first six furlongs, Ide Like a Double drove inside of pacesetter Classy Deelites and took over in midstretch, finishing in 1:43.76.

He earned $45,000, more than doubling his bankroll for owner Valene Farms.

Got Atm connects at 23-1

Go Atm ($49.20), claimed in her last race for $20,000, closed strongly to win in the $75,000 Crescent City Oaks, defeating 2-5 favorite Hisse by a length.

The Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile race for Louisiana-bred 3-year-old fillies, had a field of seven.

Corey Lanerie had Go Atm in sixth place early. She was fourth entering the stretch, picked off the tiring pacesetters, then tackled Hisse in the final 40 yards. Go Atm finished in 1:45.39.

Go Atm was claimed by Wes Hawley from Steve Asmussen in her four-length victory on March 7, and Hawley had her back at the races in 15 days.

"She's a great filly," said Hawley. "I just caught Asmussen stealing a race with her."

It was Go Atm's first time around two turns, but Hawley said he thought she would do well with the route.

"She's by Fifty Stars, who won the Louisiana Derby," said Hawley. "Plus, she relaxes good in the mornings and she relaxed behind a wall of horses in the race I claimed her."

Go Atm earned $45,000 with the victory for new owners Valene Farms.

Hisse is trained by Asmussen, and she was the closest he came to a stakes victory on Saturday's card.

Ceasers March much the best

Jockey Jamie Theriot added a victory aboard Ceasers March ($9.40) in the $60,000 Lagniappe Sprint to his riding title at the meet.

Theriot took Ceasers March wire to wire, going 5 1/ 2furlongs in 1:03.31.

It was 1 3/4 lengths back to odds-on favorite Myoldmansam, and another 1 1/2 lengths to Mr. Porter.

Trained by Bret Calhoun and owned by Robert Beck and Turf Express, Ceasers March earned $36,000.