01/21/2017 10:15AM

Mr. Al's Gal handles two turns in Azalea

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Mr. Al's Gal, with Richard Eramia aboard, scores by 3 1/2 lengths over a sloppy track in the Azalea.

Mr. Al’s Gal made a successful transition to two turns Friday night, when she shuttled to a 3 1/2-length win over Our Millie in the $100,000 Azalea at Delta Downs. It was another 3 1/4 lengths back in third to My Gal Layla.

The Azalea shared a card with the $70,000 El Dorado that Vieja Luna ($18) won by 1 1/4 lengths over Believeinsomething. The Azalea, which was for 3-year-old fillies bred in Louisiana, had been postponed twice this month due to the equine herpesvirus positives at Fair Grounds.

Mr. Al’s Gal ($2.60) had a sizeable last-race Beyer Speed Figure advantage heading into the Azalea, having earned an 86 for her more than 12-length win in the fillies division of the Louisiana Futurity in her 2-year-old finale in December at Fair Grounds. The number was at least 20 points higher than each of her rivals Friday.

Mr. Al’s Gal set the pace in the slop in the Azalea, taking the field through fractions of 23.28 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 47.73 for a half-mile. She proceeded to cover the seven-furlong distance run around two turns in 1:27.56.

Richard Eramia was aboard for Brittlyn Stable and trainer Justin Jeansonne. Mr. Al’s Gal is a daughter of Salute the Sarge.

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