02/09/2008 12:00AM

La Perouse prevails in three-horse photo


The "other" Speedy Smithwick mare, La Perouse, was up in the final strides to snatch victory from a pair of favorites in the $50,000 Likely Exchange Stakes at Turfway Park.

Our Dancing Babe, the 3-1 third choice for Smithwick, was dueling in deep stretch with a California invader, Fun Logic, when La Perouse swept past them both with a torrid outside run to narrowly prevail. Fun Logic, the 5-2 favorite, finished second, a head behind the winner and another head before Our Dancing Babe. Rayona, the 5-2 second choice in a field of 11 fillies and mares, never threatened.

La Perouse, owned by Henrietta Alexander and ridden by Victor Lebron, returned $28.20 after completing the one-mile Polytrack race in 1:39.16. A 5-year-old Kentucky-bred by El Prado, La Perouse has won 4 of 12 career starts, with the Likely Exchange her first stakes triumph.

The well-traveled Smithwick, 48, settled in Kentucky about 10 years ago after riding steeplechasers as a youth and training privately in California for the late Jack Kent Cooke in the early 1990s.