12/10/2016 8:21PM

Wheatfield caps big day for owners with Ladies Sprint

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Diego Saenz rides Wheatfield to victory in the Champions Day Ladies Sprint.

Wheatfield capped a big day for her connections when rallying for a 3 3/4-length victory in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint on Saturday at Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

Wheatfield, a 4-year-old filly, is owned by her breeders, the Tigertail Ranch of Irwin Olian, who earlier in the day won the $150,000 Classic with Mobile Bay, the 2015 Horse of the Year in Louisiana. Diego Saenz rode Wheatfield and Mobile Bay. Lone Star Special is the sire of both Tigertail runners.

Wheatfield returned $11.80 after rallying wide and finishing six furlongs in 1:09.89 over a fast track. Sunny Oak, prominent throughout, held well for second in a field of 12.

“I just didn’t want to get her stopped,” Saenz said.

Danny Pish trains Wheatfield, now a winner of six of 15 career starts.

-- My Friend Flavin ($32.60) and Robby Albarado had all the momentum when edging past favored Jockamo’s Song in the stakes finale on Louisiana Champions Day, the $100,000 Sprint.

Trained by Leo Gabriel Jr. for Robbins Family Racing, My Friend Flavin finished six furlongs in 1:10.60 in winning by three-quarters of a length. Just Kissing Buck was third in the field of 12.

The stakes win was the first from 13 overall starts for My Friend Flavin, a 4-year-old gelding by Forestry.