10/18/2002 11:00PM

Oak Hall takes Shishkabob


Bossier City, La. - Ena Ortego's Oak Hall reinforced his position as the top older Louisiana-bred on Saturday by winning the $67,600 Shiskabob Stakes by four lengths to kick off this year's Louisiana Breeders' Festival.

Pacesetter White Star held on to finish second followed by One Brick Shy.

Oak Hall ($3.40) won for the fourth time this season in six starts and for the eighth time in the last two seasons with most of his starts coming in his home start. The 6-year-old, trained by Keith Bourgeois and ridden by Kerwin Clark, has now won over $500,000 in his 36-race career.

The Louisiana Breeders' Derby produced another easy winner as Walk In The Snow, confidently ridden by Kirk LeBlanc and fresh off a second place finish in the Grade 2 Super Derby, made short work of seven rivals to win off by over seven lengths.

Trained by Herman Taylor, Walk In The Snow ($2.60) won for the fifth time in 14 starts and the winner's share of $39,060 increased his career bankroll to over $260,000.

In the Stardust Stakes for Louisiana-bred 2-year-olds, Witt Ante ($11.60) made a nice move on the outside late in the turn under LeBlanc to prove best. Sanctuary's Omooni was second and Mr. King Rex ran third.

The Cajun Stakes went to Bet Me Best ($16.00) who controlled the pace from the outset under Ricky Faul. Doctor Mike finished second with Donna's Mailbag third.