02/02/2013 5:49PM

Fair Grounds: Believe You Can has easy time with Tiffany Lass rivals in comeback race

Lou Hodges Jr.
Believe You Can romps under Rosie Napravnik while making her first start since last June.

On paper there was no horse in the $100,000 Tiffany Lass Stakes who could threaten 2012 Kentucky Oaks winner Believe You Can in her first start at 4, and that is exactly how the Tiffany Lass played out, with Believe You Can controlling the pace and thoroughly dominating three rivals while eased across the finish line in a useful comeback run.

Making her first start since a disappointing third-place finish in the Mother Goose Stakes on June 23, Believe You Can went straight to the front under Rosie Napravnik, setting even splits of 24.12 seconds, 48.48, 1:13.02, and 1:37.74 on the way to a 1 1/16- mile clocking of 1:44.68. Believe You Can easily shrugged off stalking Cheerleader at the top of the stretch and dashed to a wide advantage: Napravnik glanced back at the sixteenth pole, saw nothing behind her, and allowed Believe You Can to gallop easily across the finish. Even so, Believe You Can won by a little more than 10 lengths.

“She was all business,” Napravnik said.

Cheerleader faded late, with Imposing Grace rallying mildly for the place in a field reduced to four by scratches of Glinda the Good and Snugs and Kisses. Believe You Can paid $2.40 to win. Show wagering was canceled because of the short field.

Believe You Can won the Fair Grounds Oaks before her Kentucky Oaks triumph. She will probably have a chance to improve her glittering Fair Grounds record in the March 9 New Orleans Ladies Stakes. Larry Jones, who trains Believe You Can for owner-breeder Brereton Jones, is likely to send Joyful Victory, winner of the $400,000 Sam Houston Ladies Classic, to California for her next start while letting Believe You Can stay at home. A New Orleans Ladies start could set Believe You Can up for the Apple Blossom Invitiational at Oaklawn if Jones and Jones decide to go that direction with Believe You Can.

Cor Cor wins turf debut in Battle of New Orleans

Cor Cor had to travel by van from Florida to New Orleans and race on turf for the first time in her career when she started Saturday in the first edition of the $75,000 Battle of New Orleans Stakes. What she did not have to do was face Kauai Katie, the supremely talented filly who had stomped her Jan. 1 in the Old Hat Stakes. Absent a rival of that quality, Cor Cor did her own stomping, breaking brilliantly and never looking back in a front-running turf-sprint score under Rosie Napravnik, who swept the Saturday stakes at Fair Grounds.

Cor Cor ($3.80) went a fast first quarter-mile of 22.04 seconds on a yielding turf course while opening a big lead, and got a half-mile in 46.24. Cor Cor drifted out to the center of the course through the stretch run, and went all the way to the outer rail not far past the finish, but by then she had already put the rest of the field to sleep. Gator Zone tracked all the way but could gain no late ground on Cor Cor, who won by 4 1/4 lengths with a final time of 1:04.86 for 5 ½ furlongs. My Princess Dawn finished third.

Cor Cor, a Smoke Glacken filly trained by Joan Scott for Steve Ballou and Harriet Waldron, now has won three of her four starts, with one win each on turf, dirt, and synthetic.

Bind, Cool Street score allowance wins

There were two allowance races of note on the Saturday card, with Bind winning for the second time this meet in race 4, and Cool Street scoring his fourth victory of the Fair Grounds season in race 8.

Bind, heavily favored in a second-level sprint allowance, got a perfect trip stalking the pace, and appeared to be on the way to an easy win at the top of the stretch, but 2012 Louisiana Derby winner Hero of Order battled on gamely and came within a half-length of Bind at the finish. Bind, 2 for 2 since coming back from a long layoff, was timed in a fast 1:09.76 for six furlongs.

Cool Street was winless in seven career starts when he came to New Orleans in December, but has quickly ascended the class ladder this meet. His neck win over Majestic Harbor in Saturday’s eighth race came in an open allowance race, and almost certainly earned Cool Street a spot in an upcoming dirt-route stakes somewhere in the Midwest. Bernie Flint trainers Cool Street, a four-year-old son of Street Cry.

Sabercat, making his first start since the 2012 Kentucky Derby, finished fourth.