Bouquet Booth finishes fast for win
Updated: November 20, 2010, 7:10 PM ETBy Mary Rampellini | Daily Racing Form
VINTON, La.-- Bouquet Booth established herself as candidate for the 3-year-old filly series at Fair Grounds this winter with a fast-closing, half-length win in the Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Downs Princess on Saturday. The one-mile race was part of an eight-stakes card led by the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot. Bouquet Booth ($21.20) settled in seventh early, as Grandacious took the field through fractions of 22.17 seconds for the opening quarter, 46.98 for the half-mile and 1:12.34 for six furlongs. Bouquet Booth launched her bid into the final turn and went on to cover the distance on a fast track in 1:40.59. Shaun Bridgmohan was aboard Bouquet Booth, who he also rode to a three-length maiden win last month at Keeneland. "The filly's improving every race that she's run," said Steve Margolis, who trains Bouquet Booth for Right Time Racing. "We took a big shot coming here. [Delta director of racing] Chris Warren said, 'You guys really fit, and we'd like you to come.' We talked it over, and it was well worth taking a shot." Bouquet Booth is a daughter of Flower Alley. She has now won 2 of 4 starts. Margolis said she will head next to Fair Grounds, where he will be based when the meet opens Thursday. "We'll take her back to New Orleans," he said. "We've got a lot of good races as a 3-year-old, like the Fair Grounds Oaks." Last year's Princess winner, Quiet Temper, went on to win the Fair Grounds Oaks. Niji's Grand Girl finished second in the Princess, a neck in front of third-place finisher Grandacious. Promise Me a Cat, the favorite, finished fourth at 4-5. "It was first time two turns, and maybe it affected her a little bit," said Javier Castellano, who rode Promise Me a Cat.
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