12/31/2012 3:37PM

Delt Downs: Don't Mach Me seeks cleaner trip in Thursday allowance


Don’t Mach Me will have a little less traffic to negotiate Thursday night at Delta Downs, when he returns to the overnight ranks for a first-level allowance for 3-year-olds bred in Louisiana. He will face six others in the 6 1/2-furlong race run around two turns, one start after encountering his fair share of trouble against eight others in the $150,000 Louisiana Legacy.

Don’t Mach Me finished fifth in the Legacy, a one-mile race run on the Delta Downs Jackpot undercard Nov. 17. He was beaten 3 3/4 lengths.

“He had a real bad trip,” said Jerry Cart, who co-owns and trains Don’t Mach Me. “He got stopped in there. He was making a pretty good move, then we had to take a hold, and he dropped back. He got going again, but ran out of time.”

The Legacy came following Don’t Mach Me’s dominant maiden special weight win at Delta on Nov. 3. He was a more than four-length winner of the seven-furlong race, which was run around two turns.

“Everything went right that day,” Cart said. “He ran a big race.”

Don’t Mach Me, who also races for his breeder, Lynette Burns, is a half-brother to Midge Too, a seven-time stakes winner who earned $506,283. Cart said in some ways Don’t Mach Me resembles Midge Too.

“He stays real sound and he’s a real calm horse,” he said. “He’s real smart, just does everything right.

“She was like that, too.”

Don’t Mach Me will break from post 4, under Chris Rosier.

Others set to start include Indian Road, who won a maiden special weight for Louisiana-breds at Fair Grounds on Nov. 23. For the effort, he earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 72, the best career number in Thursday’s field. The win came one start after Indian Road finished third to Don’t Mach Me in the maiden race at Delta. Gerard Melancon has the mount for McLoughlin Stables and trainer Tom Amoss.

Also on the card Thursday night, recent Fair Grounds maiden winner Sheer Speed will take on first-level allowance rivals in a five-furlong sprint for fillies and mares. It goes as the sixth race. Sheer Speed will break from the rail one race after winning her maiden from the fence in a $25,000 maiden claiming sprint Dec. 7. Rosier has the mount for Carl R. Moore Management and trainer Bret Calhoun. The field also includes 12-time winner Phone Marybe, who is seeking her fourth straight win after taking a trio of $4,000 claiming sprints at Delta.