01/17/2015 8:13PM

Notte d'Oro prevails in Marie Krantz Memorial

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Notte d'Oro, ridden by James Graham, wins by a length in the Marie Krantz Memorial Handicap.

NEW ORLEANS – After launching a powerful rally from midpack, Notte d'Oro outfought Eden Prairie in the final furlong to win the $60,000 Marie Krantz Memorial Handicap by a length Saturday at Fair Grounds.

Ridden by James Graham for trainer Mike Stidham and the Twin Creeks Racing Stable, Notte d'Oro, making her stakes debut, ran the about 1 1/16 miles on “good” turf in 1:43.68. A 4-year-old filly by Medaglia d'Oro, Notte d'Oro won for the fourth time in seven starts. She paid $11.

Hung the Moon finished third, a length behind Eden Prairie, in a field of older fillies and mares..

Maid On a Mission, pressed by Eden Prairie, set the early pace, running the first quarter-mile in 23.97 seconds and a half in 49.06. Eden Prairie pushed to a narrow lead in the stretch but couldn't hold off Notte d'Oro.