Updated on 09/17/2011 10:57PM

Fair Grounds: Switch to dirt aids Culinary

Fair Grounds
Culinary, Carlos Marquez Jr. up, wins the $75,000 Furl Sail Handicap Saturday at the Fair Grounds meet at Harrah's Louisiana Downs.

Culinary stalked the pace under Carlos Marquez Jr. before taking command through the stretch to capture the $75,000 Furl Sail Handicap by 4 1/2 lengths at the Fair Grounds meeting at Louisiana Downs. Glitteration held on for second after helping set the pace, followed by Go Girlfriend Go.

Originally scheduled for a mile on the turf, the Furl Sail was moved to the main track at a mile and 70 yards following some overnight rain.

Trained by Michael Stidham for Jack Smith III Thoroughbreds, Culinary ($5.60) won for the fourth time in 10 starts, all on dirt. The victory was her first in stakes company since the Arlington-Washington Lassie as a 2-year-old. She covered the distance in 1:43.69 over a fast track, upgraded from good earlier in the program.

The winner's share of $45,000 increased Culinary's career bankroll to nearly $220,000.