|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
“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
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.