09/08/2012 3:18PM

Louisiana Downs: Gantry upset at 1-5 in Temperence Hill Stakes

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Delaunay leads Gantry into the stretch of the Temperence Hill Stakes.

BOSSIER CITY, La. - Gantry is “not a definite” to advance to the Breeders’ Cup Sprint after he finished second, beaten two lengths by Delaunay, in the $50,000 Temperence Hill on the Super Derby undercard Saturday at Louisiana Downs.

The race was the first of six stakes on the card and was to be the final BC prep for Gantry, the race’s 1-5 favorite off a five-length win in the Grade 2, $400,000 Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder. But he was unable to catch the front-running Delaunay, who set fractions of 23.42 for the opening quarter and 47.47 for the half-mile before winning on a fast track in 1:10.02. Gantry broke from the rail, raced along the inside in third to the top of the stretch, moved out to bid and ended up 1 3/4 lengths in front of third-place finisher Jake Mo. 

“[I’m] almost speechless after a race like this,” said Ron Faucheux, who trains Gantry for Brittlyn Stable. “We thought he was doing so good going into it.  He really didn’t get a good trip, had to swing him out, the pace was just crawling up front. Under the circumstances, all said and done, if he’s going to be a Breeders’ Cup horse, he’s got to run a lot better than that.”

Faucheux said a decision on advancing to the Breeders’ Cup will be made at a later date.

“I don’t know,” he said. “I’m going to have to review the race and we’ll see. Off of this, it’s not a definite. It’s a possibility, not a definite.”

Delaunay ($8.40) was ridden by Gerard Melancon.

“On paper it looked like there was no speed in the race and obviously our horse could make the lead,” said winning trainer Tom Amoss. “We decided that was going to be our game plan. We were going to live or die on the lead. It went well. We got a great assist from [Jake Mo], who was on the outside of us, and kept Gantry pinned in for most of the race. Today we were better than Gantry, but he didn’t get his trip.”

Amoss said next-race plans for Delaunay, who races for Maggi Moss, are to be determined.