Letithappencaptain Posts Upset in $50,000 Wafare Farm

(April 19, 2003)- Louisiana-bred Letithappencaptain kicked home strong to upset the $50,000 Wafare Farm Stakes by 4 ½ lengths over 56-1 longshot Olguina on Saturday at Lone Star Park in front of 8,573 fans. The 3-year-old filly owned, bred and trained by Whitney J. “Zeke” Zeringue of Houston, ran six furlongs in 1:09.56 – a stakes record for the seventh running of the race.

Sent postward at odds of 13-1, Letithappencaptain settled into stride in the early stages of the race and rallied five-wide to win going away. She paid $28.80 to win in her second straight stakes victory. Previously, the daughter of Captain Bodgit won the $100,000 Sarah Lane’s Oates Handicap at Fair Grounds against fellow Louisiana-breds.

“She came out of the race real well,” Zeringue said. “(Jockey) Kirk (LeBlanc) did a great job and (assistant) Tippy Taylor did a great job with her, too. We knew she was ready so we shipped her down her for the race. This horse has been on the improve all along.”
LeBlanc, toting 123 pounds, rode the winner for his first Lone Star Park stakes triumph.

“I just swung her out where she was happy,” said LeBlanc, who tallied his first Lone Star Park stakes win. “She was ready from the start.”
The Wafare Farm, the first leg in Lone Star Park’s three-race stakes series for 3-year-old fillies, was Letithappencaptain’s fourth win in seven starts. The $30,000 winner’s share of the purse boosted her earnings to $151,300.

Favorite Eternal Cup dueled on the inside of three rivals – Hannah’s Royalrock, You Glitter Girl and Olguina –- through quick early fractions of :21.43 and :43.87 and could only manage third, 1 ½ lengths behind the runner-up. Impetuous Molly, Hannah’s Royalrock, Scottish Hertiage, You Glitter Girl, Tulupai and Sisterlita completed the order of finish. Itsmybag was a late scratch.

Letithappencaptain bested 2001 Wafare Farm winner Hattiesburg’s clocking of 1:09.81 by a quarter of a second. Other past winners of the race include Little Sister (1997), Cinemine (1998), Argentina Avenue (1999), My Brent’s Diamond (2000) and champion Texas-bred Miss Ritz (2002).

Earlier on the card, trainer Cole Norman saddled 3-year-old filly Miss Bridget Jones, owned by David Hulkewicz and Turf Express Inc., to an impressive 6 ¼ -length victory against allowance company. The daughter of Peaks and Valleys ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.22 to remain perfect in two starts. She was formerly raced in Southern California with trainer Mike Pupye.

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