‘One Of The Best Horses I’ve Been On’: Juvenile Filly Taraz Romps In Letellier Memorial

Juddmonte Farms Inc’s heavily-favored Taraz took command early before sprinting away from the field late to take Saturday’s $75,000 Letellier Memorial Stakes at the Fair Grounds by 11 ¼ lengths. The final time for six furlongs in the slop was 1:10.83. Urusla was second and Sweet Kisses checked in third.

The Brad Cox trained 2-year-old daughter of Into Mischief is now a perfect two for two with purse earnings of just over $99,000. Florent Geroux, who was aboard for the filly’s impressive debut win at Churchill, guided her to victory once again in what was the first of six stakes races held on the Santa Super Saturday card in New Orleans.

“She felt great underneath me,” Geroux said following the race. “One of the best horses I’ve been on feeling what I had underneath me. We’ve liked her from the beginning and sometimes you don’t know how they will perform in the afternoon, especially with an off track like today, but she handled it perfect. The goal is to stretch her out and run her long, we just wanted to sprint her one more time and give her a race. She’s a big beautiful filly and is well-bred so we have high hopes for her.”

Mt Brilliant Stable Llc and Orin Ingram’s Ursula, who trainer Mike Stidham opted to run in the Letellier rather than an allowance earlier in the card, finished an honest second in only her third career start and first in stakes company,

“My horse broke good,” jockey Mitchell Murill said of Ursula . “I was sitting off of a winner that was very much the best. My horse ran well, though she didn’t love or hate the mud. She just ran her race. If Taraz wasn’t in there, she would’ve run a winning race so I’m proud of her.”

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