07/20/2007 11:00PM

Favored Desert Wheat noses out 80-1 shot


BOSSIER CITY, La. - Desert Wheat closed from last to nip 80-1 shot Lee's Say So by a nose in the $100,000 Shiskabob Stakes at Louisiana Downs on Saturday. The mile and a sixteenth turf race was one of 13 stakes on a card worth $1.3 million. All of the races were restricted to horses bred in Louisiana, with eight for Thoroughbreds and five for Quarter Horses.

Favored Desert Wheat ($5) lagged some 10 lengths behind the pace in the Shiskabob, as Lee's Say So was loose through six furlongs in 1:12.90. Desert Wheat, who added blinkers for the race, angled out into the stretch and closed fast to cover the distance over firm turf in 1:43.92.

"He’s a class horse," said Corey Lanerie, who rode Desert Wheat for trainer Bill Mott.

Desert Wheat is a 4-year-old by Wheaton. He improved his career record to six wins from 24 starts for earnings of $364,025. Desert Wheat races for the partnership of Lee, Wachtel, and Brous.

Ahead of Her Time still perfect

Ahead of Her Time ran her career record to 5 for 5, when she dug in for a half-length win over Tensas Yucatan in the $100,000 Louisiana Breeders' Oaks. She stalked the pace in third in the mile and a sixteenth race, engaged Tensas Yucatan in the stretch, and was determined to the wire. John Jacinto was aboard Ahead of Her Time, who covered the distance over a fast track in 1:44.27.

"She's gutty and she tries hard," said Jerry Hardin, who co-owns and trains Ahead of Her Time. "She doesn’t like to get beat, I don't guess. She never has yet."

The Oaks was the fourth career stakes win for Ahead of Her Time ($3.20), who is by Leestown. She was one of three winners on the card for Jacinto, and one of two on the program for her dam, Street Beat. Hisse ($4.20), who is also out of Street Beat, closed for a half-length win in the $100,000 Laurel Lane for 2-year-old fillies. Lanerie was aboard Hisse, a daughter of Buddha, for Heiligbrodt Racing Stable and trainer Steve Asmussen.

Third Cajun win for Zarb’s Dahar

Jacinto guided Zarb's Dahar to a length and a quarter win over Fass Feat in the $100,000 Cajun, a race Zarb's Dahar also won in 2004 and 2005. Overall, the 7-year-old Zarb's Dahar has won 13 races at Louisiana Downs. He tracked the pace in fourth to the quarter pole, came into the stretch four wide, and went on to cover six furlongs in 1:10.46. Jim Hodges trains Zarb's Dahar for his breeder, Foxwood Plantation.

Jacinto's third winner on the day came aboard Raspberry Wine ($4.20), who picked up her fifth stakes win of the year when she edged a game Tortuga Flats by a neck in the $100,000 Matchmaker. Raspberry Wine covered the mile and a sixteenth for fillies and mares on turf in 1:44.41. Al Stall Jr. trains Raspberry Wine races for Sport of Kings Racing. Her stakes wins this year have come in Louisiana-bred races at Fair Grounds, Delta, and Louisiana Downs.

* Ida Marie ($8.20) rallied for a three-quarter-length win over Leesa Lee in the $100,000 Victoria Stakes for fillies and mares at six furlongs. Don Simington rode the winner for trainer Pat Mouton, who also trains Leesa Lee and the race's fourth-place finisher Carl's Frosty Girl. Mouton also won the $100,000 Stardust for 2-year-olds when Pantara Phantom ($11.80) led throughout for a length and a quarter win under E.J. Perrodin.

* St. Zarb ($3.20) held off a fast-closing Hallway by a neck to win the $100,000 Louisiana Breeders' Derby. It was another length and three-quarters back in third to Grim Hooligan. St. Zarb covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:46.07. Carlos Gonzalez was aboard for owner-trainer Cyril Hicks.

* Handle on the program was $2,904,790.