12/10/2005 12:00AM

Zarb's Dahar gets 11th straight win


BOSSIER CITY, La. - In what may be the best effort of his career, Zarb's Dahar won his 11th consecutive race over the Louisiana Downs main track on Saturday when he gutted out a neck win in the $100,000 .

The race was one of 10 stakes worth $1 million on the 15th annual Louisiana Champions Day card, which is being run as part of the Fair Grounds meet at Louisiana Downs in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Zarb's Dahar ($2.40) was the 1-5 favorite in the Sprint, and he broke well from the rail and sat just off of leader Inalako, who set a pressured pace of 22.52 seconds for the opening quarter and 45.94 for the half-mile. Zarb's Dahar moved to the lead past the quarter-pole and seemed poised to pull away, but had to fight late with Zarb's Luck. On the wire, Zarb's Dahar prevailed under regular rider Gerard Melancon, covering the distance in 1:10.90.

For the race, Zarb's Dahar wore a bar shoe to protect a quarter crack in his left hind foot. He first wore the bar shoe last month, when he won the $75,000 Thanksgiving Handicap.

"I think this is one of his best races," said James Hodges, who trains Zarb's Dahar. "Zarb's Luck, who has always been a nice little horse, hooked him down the lane, and this track's heavy, and this horse bore down and beat him.

"When he goes to the front and wins by five, he's doing that easy, but he had to work today, so I think this is one of the best races he's ever run. Maybe the best."

Zarb's Dahar, who is 11 for 12 overall at Louisiana Downs, earned $60,000 for the win. His overall record is now 12 wins from 24 starts and earnings of $386,075. Zarb's Dahar races for his breeder, Foxwood Plantation.

Badtotheboneandrew wins Classic

Badtotheboneandrew ($10.60) rallied past dueling leaders Nitro Chip and Witt Ante in the stretch run for 1 3/4-length win in the $150,000 . The race was the richest offering on Champions Day.

Nitro Chip held second, while Sanctuary's Omooni rallied for third. Badtotheboneandrew covered the 1 1/8 miles in 1:53.69. Melancon was aboard for trainer Harold Hahn.

Badtotheboneandrew races for Stan Landry.

Double for Mouton and Perrodin

Trainer Patrick Mouton and jockey E.J. Perrodin teamed

to win 2 of the 7 stakes for Thoroughbreds here Saturday, when The Beter Man Can was full of run in the $100,000 Ladies, and Nob Hill Deelite closed from well back to win the $100,000 Juvenile.

The Beter Man Can ($3.60) raced off of pacesetter Stang Thirtysix early in the 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares, and moved to the lead, along with Destiny Calls, on the final turn. Those two raced as a team into the stretch before The Beter Man Can began to draw away, winning by 5 3/4 lengths in 1:46.13.

Nob Hill Deelite ($6.20) got up for a neck win over Hud's Playmate. He covered six furlongs in 1:13.19.

Turf: Record win for Mr. Sulu

Mr. Sulu equaled Dixie Poker Ace's record of three wins in the $100,000 Turf, when he ran down favorite Spruce's Prince in the stretch for a half-length score in the 1 1/16-mile race. Spruce's Prince held second.

Mr. Sulu sat in fourth early, as Nikita's Wolf led the field through fractions of 25.11 seconds for the opening quarter and 50.51 for the half-mile. Mr. Sulu had to wait behind horses along the rail on the final turn, was able to angle out in the stretch, and rallied for the win. He covered the distance in 1:44.83.

Robby Albarado rode Mr. Sulu for trainer Josie Carroll.

Mr. Sulu earned $60,000 for the win, his 11th in 43 starts for career earnings of $557,312. He races for Carroll and A.L. McMurray. Mr. Sulu, 7, also won the Turf in 2004 and 2002.

Lassie: Clear win for Tortuga Flats

Tortuga Flats drew out to a 5 3/4-length win in the $100,000 Lassie. Grand Facile rallied for second, three lengths clear of third-place finisher Leesa Lee.

Tortuga Flats ($3.20) broke well from her rail post and led the field through an opening quarter in 22.95 seconds and a half-mile in 47.39 while under pressure from Leestown Light. Tortuga Flats opened up on her rivals when she straightened for home, and proceeded to run the six furlongs for 2-year-old fillies in 1:13.21.

Luis Quinonez rode the winner for trainer Ralph Irwin.

Tortuga Flats races for John P. Balensiefen.