01/20/2007 1:00AM

Delicate Dynamite has nicely timed move


NEW ORLEANS - Delicate Dynamite burst through the stretch Saturday to win the $75,000 Truly Bound Handicap at Fair Grounds.

Jockey Gerard Melancon settled Delicate Dynamite early as Life's Great, Aly's Vow, and the 3-1 favorite, Lady Pegasus, battled for the lead through fractions of 24.22 and 48.09 seconds. Dash of Humor moved into contention around the turn as Melancon waited until the leaders ran six furlongs in 1:13.56, then gunned his horse to the front and extended his lead through the stretch to finish two lengths ahead of the rallying Eyes on Eddy. Dash of Humor was another 3 1/4 lengths back in third, 2 1/4 lengths in front of Ballroom Deputy.

"I was in a little traffic on the turn, but I was lucky and got through," said Melancon. "I knew she was good because she won her last race so easy. I had a lot of confidence in her."

Delicate Dynamite covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.44 and paid $27.60.

Earlier on the card, Power Surge won the $75,000 Gentilly Stakes despite bearing out dramatically in the final sixteenth.

The race was originally carded for turf but was switched to the main track.

Power Surge, who was making his first start around two turns, tracked the early pace set by Forgotten Prince through a half-mile in 48.29 seconds. Jockey Jamie Theriot sent him to the lead on the turn, but after running six furlongs in 1:13.49, he began to bear out in the stretch.

Hallway, far back early, rallied to finish second and was gaining ground as Power Surge bore out toward the grandstand side of the track, but Power Surge ($6) had enough of a lead to hold on by 1 1/2 lengths, covering the 1 1/16 miles in 1:47.60. Forgotten Prince was another 6 3/4 lengths back in third, a half-length ahead of Mr. Porter.

"He's found a lot of ways to lose," said winning trainer Bret Calhoun of Power Surge. "I think he's been good enough to win a couple of the $100,000 stakes he's been in, but he makes a different mistake every time.

"Today I thought he was the best horse, but he was trying to find another way to lose the race. I think it takes him a while to learn, it was his first time around two turns and he got confused. Probably he was tired, too."