By My Standards Kicks Away Late In New Orleans Classic

Back on the scene of his biggest victory in last year’s Louisiana Derby, Allied Racing Stable’s By My Standards turned in another big performance in this Saturday’s Grade 2 New Orleans Classic. The 4-year-old son of Goldencents won the $400,000 race by about four lengths as the 2-1 second choice. Ridden by Gabriel Saez for trainer Bret Calhoun, By My Standards ran nine furlongs over the Fair Grounds’ fast main track in 1:50.27.

Though Silver Dust hopped badly at the start of the New Orleans Classic, he was rushed up to grab the early lead away from a fast-breaking By My Standards before the clubhouse turn. With a two-length advantage, Silver Dust set moderate fractions of :25.47 and :50.09. By My Standards was right behind him in second, with Chess Chief and 9-5 favorite Fearless sharing third position.

By My Standards started to make his move on the far turn, and easily took command at the head of the lane. He drew away convincingly, crossing the wire about four lengths the best. Captivating Moon got up late for second, while Chess Chief crossed the wire in third. Tenfold finished fourth.

A jockey’s objection and stewards inquiry resulted in the disqualification of Chess Chief from third to sixth, behind Fearless, for interference with that rival in the stretch.

Bred in Kentucky by Don Ladd, By My Standards is out of the Muqtarib mare A Jealous Woman. He was a $150,000 purchase at the OBS April sale as a 2-year-old, and later became the “hype horse” ahead of last year’s Kentucky Derby. The colt finished 11th that day, and was off until this February at the Fair Grounds when he won an allowance race with ease. The New Orleans Classic win improves his overall record to four wins from eight starts with earnings of over $900,000.

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