03/25/2011 7:07PM

Crescent City Derby goes to Man of Strife on DQ

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Lou Hodges Jr.
Populist Politics (left) with Richard Eramia riding, veers in on Man of Strife, Anna Napravnik up, during the stretch run of the Crescent City Derby.

NEW ORLEANS - Man of Strife was placed first via disqualification following a rough stretch run on Friday in the $75,000 Crescent City Derby, part of a day of stakes races for Louisiana-breds at Fair Grounds.

Populist Politics, the 9-5 favorite in the race for 3-year-olds, crossed the wire first by a nose over Man of Strife after a long stretch battle, but he veered in sharply under jockey Richard Eramia in the final sixteenth of mile, carrying Man of Strife toward the rail and causing jockey Jamie Theriot, aboard Tonto Too, to check sharply to avoid clipping the heels of Man of Strife.

After an inquiry, the stewards moved Populist Politics back to third, behind Tonto Too, giving the victory to Man of Strife ($6.40) and jockey Anna Napravnik.

Populist Politics crossed the wire in 1:44.53 for 1 1/16 miles on the fast main track. He ran in this race rather than Saturday's Louisiana Derby, in which he drew the outside post of the 13 runners entered.

Man of Strife was best. He was boxed in with nowhere to run for much of the stretch run, then was sideswiped when knifing between horses late.

Brian House trains Man of Strife for Heartlines Horse Ranch. He has now won 4 times in 6 starts, all in state-bred competition. He won the Gentilly on the grass here in his prior start. Man of Strife, a gelding, is by Leestown.

All the stakes on Friday were for Louisiana breds, and all were worth $75,000. In earlier stakes:

* Lovenotlost ran down pacesetter Lawson's Lady in the final strides for a 1 1/4-length victory in the Crescent City Oaks for 3-year-old fillies. Tensas Punch, the 8-5 favorite, was another length back in third. Lovenotlost ($10.80) completed one mile and 70 yards in 1:42.51. She was winning for the third straight time, including in the Sarah Lane's Oates on grass in her last start. The win streak coincides with Shaun Bridghoman taking over as her rider. Wes Hawley trains Lovenotlost, a daughter of Lost Soldier, for Tri-Star Racing.

* Favored Hisse ($4.40) rallied powerfully through the lane to score a 2 3/4-length victory over Skipping Town in the Red Camelia Stakes for older female turf horses. Rileys Monarch was three lengths farther back in third. Hisse, 6, was timed in 1:44.84 for about 1 1/16 miles on firm turf. Anna Napravnik rode Hisse for Steve Asmussen, who trains Hisse for Heiligbrodt Racing Stable.

* Kissimmee Kyle ($6.20) led from start to finish to win the Bayou St. Johns Stakes for turf sprinters by 1 1/4 lengths. Chief Jay was second and Hud's Rebel third. Kissimmee Kyle was timed in 1:04.04 for 5 1/2 furlongs on firm turf. The win was the first in 2 1/2 months for jockey Robby Albarado, who returned Friday for the first time after being injured Jan. 2 in a post-parade accident. Al Stall Jr. trains Kissimmee Kyle for Red Oak Stable.