02/28/2015 7:40PM

Tuba scores huge longshot victory in Black Gold

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The 63-1 longshot Tuba wins the Black Gold Stakes by a half-length Saturday at Fair Grounds.

When strategizing during the running of a race, jockeys do take into account exactly whom it is they are accounting for. Keep the favorite in your sites. Don’t worry too much about the massive longshots. And maybe that is why the eight jockeys not aboard a 3-year-old named Tuba did not think too much of the horse stealing out to an easy lead in the Black Gold Stakes.

They should have.

Jockey Jose Riquelme urged Tuba to open up as he hit the long Fair Grounds homestretch, and Tuba had enough of a cushion to hold the fast-finishing favorite Another Lemon Drop by a half-length and post a major upset in the $60,000 Black Gold on Saturday at Fair Grounds. The 63-1 shot Tuba paid $129.40 to win for trainer Anne Smith and owner Windy Hill Farm.

Tuba’s odds probably should have been half that. Soundly beaten on dirt last out, he had gone wire to wire in a $30,000 maiden claimer on turf earlier this meet and finished a decent fifth stepping up into allowance competition on turf in his next start. Off splits of 24.31 seconds and 48.65, Tuba ran 7 1/2 furlongs in 1:30.66. It was another 1 1/2 lengths from Another Lemon Drop back to Fly Friendly Sky in third.

By Magna Graduate and out of Sousaphone (thus the name Tuba), Tuba won for just the second time in seven starts while earning nearly three times his career earnings entering Saturday’s race.

Former claimer McGehee’s Mercy wins Dixie Poker Ace

When trainer Corale “Bunky” Richards said Saturday afternoon that McGehee’s Mercy “was improving all the time,” it hardly was an exaggeration.

Claimed by Richards and owner Steve Stumpf two summers ago out of a mere $12,500 maiden claimer, McGehee’s Mercy cleared the maiden ranks, became a solid allowance horse, and on Saturday, won his first stakes, the $60,000 Dixie Poker Ace, a turf mile for Louisiana-breds.

Getting a perfect ride from Florent Geroux, McGehee’s Mercy rallied from near the back of the pack to beat Heavy on Themister by 2 1/2 lengths. He paid $20.40 to win and was timed in 1:36.84 on firm turf.  Benwill, the mild 3-1 favorite, finished third.

Valerie Magee More than 1 year ago
"Keep the favorite in your sites." Really? William Safire must be turning over in his grave.
tommy More than 1 year ago
I only bet superfecta which I finally hit again with Dekabrist 4th!!! I played 1st and 2nd lemon drop with ALL with Alll with Dekabrist 4th If lemon drop came 1st or 2nd with Dekabrist 4th I have the superfecta !!!
tommy More than 1 year ago
Fixed race!!! Just best all the long shots on top with the favor 2nd and you will be rich at fair grounds!!!
stockmann9914 . More than 1 year ago
Take your meds Tommy
Marc Rogala More than 1 year ago
Love it when a long shot steals a race
tommy More than 1 year ago
Long shots always win here! They don't even deserve to win and the long shots win with such slow times because the jockeys of the best horses are holding them back for long shot to win!! I don't play at fair grounds anymore because they don't play FAIR!!! It's more like cheating grounds!!!
John Innocenzi More than 1 year ago
Longshots come in at every track in the world.