09/07/2013 4:24PM

Louisiana Downs: Grandma's Rules takes River Cities Stakes

Thegirlinthatsong (No. 1) , with Don Simington aboard, wins the Happy Ticket Stakes on Saturday.

BOSSIER CITY, La. – Grandma’s Rules pulled clear for a 2 1/2-length win over Queenie Vic in the $100,000 River Cities Stakes on Saturday at Louisiana Downs. It was another length back to Miss Addison in third.

Grandma’s Rules ($9.20) tracked Queenie Vic through six furlongs in 1:11.78 in the 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares. In the stretch, she worked to get past the leader through a mile in 1:35.67. Grandma’s Rules then shuttled clear late while covering the distance in 1:42.06.

Robby Albarado rode the winner for Last Call Racing Partnership and trainer Richard Scherer. 

“Good horses are fun to ride,” Albarado said. “They pace themselves. You just have to be a good passenger.”

Grandma’s Rules, a 4-year-old filly by Orientate, earned $60,000 for her second career stakes victory. She has a career record of seven wins from 13 starts for earnings of $209,104.

Thegirlinthatsong wins Happy Ticket

In the $100,000 Happy Ticket for 2-year-old fillies, which was the first leg of a $100,000-guaranteed pick four, Thegirlinthatsong won by a neck over Bern Legacy after coming eight wide into the stretch. It was another two lengths back to Ima Three Blinger in third.

Thegirlithatsong ($15.20) trailed the field early in the one-mile turf race, then circled her rivals around the final turn and closed strongly to cover the distance in 1:36.90. Don Simington rode the winner for Anjo Racing and Andrew Konkoly.

“The pace was unbelievably fast,” Simington said. “The filly broke a little tardily today. I figured I’d just let her settle. When you ask her, she gives you everything she’s got.”

Thegirlinthatsong is a daughter of My Golden Song.