03/24/2007 12:00AM

Saint Anddan leads Kenner for every step


NEW ORLEANS - Saint Anddan ran them off their feet in the $150,000 Duncan F. Kenner Stakes at Fair Grounds on Saturday, leading the way home in the fastest six-furlong timing of the 2006-07 meet. Leading jockey Joe Talamo hustled the 5-year-old son of A.P. Indy away from the gate and he led at every call under pressure from Smoke Mountain through a quarter in 21.65 seconds and a 44.85 half-mile.

"When he gets to the lead he doesn't stop," said Talamo.

Saint Anddan drew clear of Smoke Mountain at the top of the stretch, but Venomous made a huge run on his outside, closing to within a neck. Saint Anddan just kept going and finished the six furlongs in 1:09.34.

"There was no quit in him," said Talamo.

Venomous finished a length clear of Smoke Mountain in third, who in turn finished 1 1/4 lengths ahead of favored Gaff.

Saint Anddan, trained by Bobby Frankel, returned $10.40 to win.

Grindstone: Jazz Quest upsets at 10-1

Jazz Quest ($23.40) won a stretchlong battle with Mayor Bozarth to take the $100,000 Grindstone Stakes for Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds on the turf as 3-5 favorite Corrupt was eased, finishing last.

Joe Talamo sent Mayor Bozarth right to the lead and Jesse Campbell tracked him in second aboard Jazz Quest. Robby Albarado had Corrupt settled comfortably along the rail in fourth as the leaders cruised through a leisurely half-mile in 49.69 seconds.

Talamo had Mayor Bozarth in front after six furlongs in 1:14.14, but Jazz Quest kept coming at him under strong handling from Campbell, getting up by a half-length in the final strides. Poschner finished another 2 1/4 lengths back in third.

"Richard Scherer asked me to put him into the race early," said Campbell. "He ran greenly and I had to get into him a little bit, but he finished very professionally."

Scherer, who trains Jazz Quest, noted that his horse "was still learning. He's a young horse and he gets a little bit better every time."

Albarado had Corrupt in perfect position turning for home, but the previously undefeated colt tired.

"I don't know what was wrong," said Albarado. "When I called on him for run he felt exhausted. I've ridden him before and I could tell he wasn't running like he can. He didn't take a bad step or anything, he was just tired and I let him pull himself up."

Jazz Quest finished the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.51.

Oaks: Mi Isabella easily best

Mi Isabella ($3.80) cruised to the front in the stretch and pulled away impressively to win the Crescent City Oaks by 4 1/2 lengths.

Jockey Jesse Campbell settled the 3-year-old Mi Isabella in fourth early as Huckie and Ms. Katherine B vied for the lead with Princess Deelite tracking them through a 24.01 quarter and 47.43 half-mile. Ms. Katherine B put Huckie away coming out of the far turn, but Mi Isabella swept four wide with a powerful rally, hit the front at the furlong pole, and lengthened her advantage to the wire. Ms. Katherine B stayed on for second, 4 1/4 lengths ahead of Zarb's Ballerina.

"I was confident all the way," said Campbell. "She was totally in control and powered down through the stretch."

Mi Isabella covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:45.18.

Lagniappe: Perfect Harmony rallies

Perfect Harmony ($18) made a bold move to the lead on the far turn and held sway through the stretch to win the $100,000 Louisiana Lagniappe Classic for older horses. The favored 1-2 entry of Grand Minit and Mean Butterbean finished fourth and sixth, respectively.

Setemup Joe took the early lead in the race with Mean Butterbean tracking him in second and Perfect Harmony sitting comfortably in fifth. Liquid Silver rushed up to the lead on the backstretch through a quick second quarter (23.36) under Gerard Melancon and controlled the pace thereafter. Kerwin Clark moved Perfect Harmony to the outside on the far turn and he circled the field, emerging with the lead turning for home and finishing two lengths ahead of Liquid Silver, who in turn had three-quarters of a length on Nowandforevermore.

Perfect Harmony covered the 1 1/16 miles in 1:44.51.

* Raspberry Wine ($7) won her third consecutive stakes in the $100,000 Red Camelia Handicap, outclassing a good field as the 120-pound highweight under Albarado and holding off Autobesarah by 2 1/2 lengths. Intractabie was a neck back in third. Raspberry Wine covered 1 1/16 miles on the grass in 1:44.12.