05/18/2007 11:00PM

Cort's P. B. impressive in Big Earl


Cort's P. B. ran like a 124-pound highweight should, winning the $45,000 Big Earl Handicap in impressive fashion. Pacesetter Majestic Commander finished second with Zarb's Dahar reporting home third. Odds-on favorite and second highweight Brother Bean forced the issue for just over three furlongs and then gave way to finish fourth and last. Margarita Man and Mr. Canaveral were late scratches.

Cort's P. B., away in good order, pressed the pace between rivals before taking command turning for home in the 5 1/2-furlong sprint for Louisiana-breds. Under E.J. Perrodin, Cort's P. B. steadily increased his advantage to win by 4 3/4 lengths in a time of 1:03.01, just a tick off of Fighting K's track 13-year-old track record.

The win was the 14th in 52 starts for the 7-year-old Cort's P. B., and his fourth stakes score since trainer Pat Mouton claimed him here last September.