03/03/2012 6:34PM

Fair Grounds: Sunday's Child wins Sarah Lane's Oates in photo finish


Good fortune seems to shine regularly down upon the horses campaigned by the Brittlyn Stable of Evelyn and Maurice Benoit, and Lady Luck was on their side again Saturday at Fair Grounds, where Sunday's Child came out on the right side of a head-bob in the $60,000 Sarah Lane's Oates Stakes.

Sunday's Child and She's Prado's Idol hit the Sarah Lane's Oates finish in tandem, and if anything, She's Prado's Idol appeared to hold a slight edge, but the win photograph said otherwise. Sunday's Child, making her third start, first around two turns, and first on turf, held on by a nostril, winning the first stakes race of her career.

Trained by Al Stall and ridden to victory by Rosie Napravnik, Sunday's Child won her career debut opening day of the ongoing Fair Grounds meet and finished third in the Louisiana Champions Day Lassie in her second start. The filly, by Any Given Saturday, was entered last month in a Delta Downs stakes race but was stuck on the also-eligible list and didn't get to start, and Saturday's Sarah Lane's Oates, a one-mile grass race for Louisiana-bred 3-year-old fillies, was her first start since Dec. 10.

Sunday's Child stayed within striking range of a moderate pace, about 50 seconds for the first half-mile, while racing outside and generally in the clear. She's Prado's Idol had a much more eventful journey, stuck down on the inside while vying for the lead first with Leaha's Princess and then with Scratchmybackhoney. Steadied at about the three-eighths pole, She's Prado's Idol lost a couple of lengths around the turn before coming between horses into the stretch and hooking up with Sunday's Child, who just happened to nod at the right moment.

The winner paid $10.20 and was timed in 1:41.79 for about one mile on firm turf. Little Miss Protocol, the 3-5 favorite, reached contention at the top of the stretch but couldn't match strides with the top two, checking in third.