02/28/2004 1:00AM

Crypto's Best scores stakes win


Crypto's Best won her first stakes Friday night, powering to a 6 3/4-length win over Simply Jolie in the $50,000 Green Oaks at Delta Downs in Vinton, La. It was 5 1/2 lengths back in third to Road to Mandalay.

Wacky Patty, part of an entry with Royal Pet, was scratched in favor of the Grade 3 Forward Gal Stakes at Gulfstream Park on March 13.

Royal Pet set the early fractions in the seven-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies, while Crypto's Best ($9.20) settled in fourth early. Crypto's Best moved up on the final turn, and increased her advantage through the stretch. She ran the distance, which was run around two turns, in 1:28.02.

Jason Tervort rode the winner for owner Robert Shepard and trainer Mark Thompson. Crypto's Best earned $30,000 for the victory, her third from 17 starts. She has now earned $138,045.