Updated on 09/17/2011 8:58PM

Frankel call helps Badge of Silver win

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Lou Hodges Jr.
Badge of Silver wins the Grade 2, $500,000 New Orleans Handicap Saturday at Fair Grounds.

NEW ORLEANS - An audible that trainer Bobby Frankel called in the paddock might have made the difference as Badge of Silver scored a front-running victory in the Grade 2, $500,000 Saturday at Fair Grounds.

Before the race, Frankel gave jockey Jerry Bailey specific instructions.

"I looked in the paper before the race and thought I would be laying second to Wanderin Boy," said Bailey, "but in the paddock Bobby said 'Speed's holding on' - so we decided to go with him."

Bailey gunned Badge of Silver from the gate and Wanderin Boy went right with him, blazing the first quarter in 22.66 seconds and the half in 45.55 seconds. Pollard's Vision and Second of June were several lengths back in third and fourth down the backstretch, with Alumni Hall and Limehouse further back.

The two leaders slugged it out down the backstretch with Badge of Silver maintaining a short lead along the rail. "I thought we might be going too fast," Bailey said.

After going six furlongs in 1:10.15 Bailey won the battle with Wanderin Boy on the far turn, but the others were closing in fast.

"I had a whole lot left in the middle of the turn," said Bailey, "but at the head of the stretch I only had a little left. I guess the other horses used up a lot just to catch up."

Turning for home Frankel started to worry. "At the quarter pole I was saying maybe I gave him the wrong instructions," he said, "I thought we were beaten."

Limehouse emerged from the pack of pursuers with a powerful stretch rally under Ramon Dominguez, but Badge of Silver just kept running.

Badge of Silver ($3.60) covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:48.78, finishing a length clear of Limehouse. Second of June was another five lengths back in third, three quarters of a length in front of Pollard's Vision. Colonial Colony, Alumni Hall, Wanderin Boy, Musique Toujours, and Second of June completed the order of finish.

The win was Frankel's second stakes victory on the card. Earlier, he won the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby with High Limit.

Warning Zone wins Marie Krantz

South African shipper Warning Zone toyed with the competition in her first U.S. start to win the Marie Krantz Memorial Handicap at 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf by a length.

Jockey John Velazquez knew he had plenty of horse under him and settled early in third behind the front-runners.

Lost Bride sped through a quarter mile in 24.65 and a half in 47.85. Shaunavon, Warning Zone, and Gamble to Victory moved into contention near the head of the stretch as Lost Bride faltered. Warning Zone and Gamble to Victory then drew off with Sister Swank flying late to finish a head in front of Gamble to Victory for place. Warning Zone was timed in 1:31.29 and paid $5.80.

* The all-stakes Pick 4 combination on the Louisiana Derby card, combining all four favorites - High Limit, Warning Zone, Summerly, and Badge of Silver - returned $158.40.