03/19/2005 12:00AM

Gold Storm takes Kenner by a head

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NEW ORLEANS - Gold Storm lasted by a head over Ole Rebel in the $125,000 Duncan F. Kenner Breeders' Cup Handicap Saturday at Fair Grounds.

The premier sprint race for older horses on the Fair Grounds calendar, the six-furlong Kenner was one of three stakes on the Fair Grounds card.

The race quickly turned into a speed duel between Gold Storm and Britt's Jules, with Bwana Charlie tracking them in third. The top pair argued fractions of 21.57 seconds and 44.26 to the half, but by the top of the stretch Britt's Jules was finished, and Gold Storm jumped to the front and ran on through the stretch. Gold Storm was clear by the sixteenth pole, but Ole Rebel began to cut into his lead, falling a head short at the wire. Premiere Performer caught Bwana Charlie for third. Britt's Jules tired to finish last.

"The one hole makes you do things differently," said Elvis Perrodin, who rode Gold Storm. "In this case, it made me move him quicker than I wanted to, but I had to keep position. He was drifting down the lane on his left lead, but when he saw [Ole Rebel] he switched back to his right lead and gave me another gear."

Gold Storm, who is trained by Bubba Cascio, covered the six furlongs in 1:08.99 and paid $2.80 to win. There was no show betting in the five-horse field.

Prince T. wins Gentilly Handicap

Prince T. posted an upset in the Gentilly Handicap, holding off Encinal to score a 1 3/4-length victory in the one-mile turf race for Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds. The winning time was 1:14.23.

Even-money favorite Crimson Stag set the pace but tired to finish eighth.

Crimson Stag had won all of his previous starts against Louisiana-breds, but was rank in the Gentilly. He pulled to the lead through a quarter-mile in 24.31 and a half in 48.76. Z Storm pressed the pace, with Prince T. sitting pretty behind the leaders as he relaxed and saved ground. Crimson Stag continued to battle to the quarter pole, then dropped back quickly. Prince T. emerged with the lead under jockey Corey Lanerie and continued on eagerly to the wire ahead of Encinal, whose entrymate, Betnow, finished third. Z Storm held on for fourth.

Trained by Andrew Leggio Jr., Prince T. paid $14.60 to win and covered the mile on firm turf in 1:39.64.