Favored Alysheba rallied from off the pace and won the $1 million Super Derby at Louisiana Downs by a half-length yesterday in Bossier City, La.
Winless since victories in the Kentucky Derby and Preakness, Alysheba covered the 1 1/4 miles in 2:03 1/5 with regular Chris McCarron aboard. Nine-to-one shot Candi's Gold was second and long shot Parochial third. Alysheba paid $3.
Second-pick Temperate Sil, ridden by Bill Shoemaker, was fourth. Then came Fortunate Moment, Momsfurrari, Perdition's Son and Wayne's Crane.
Alysheba earned $600,000 for the victory, increasing his total earnings to nearly $2.2 million.
The victory pushed the bay son of Alydar back into the horse-of-the year picture after losses in the Belmont, Haskell and Travers stakes.
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When Pretty Tricky lost her previous stakes start by a head, jockey Kent Desormeaux tried to figure out why. Yesterday, he provided the answer to 11,312 in Baltimore.
Desormeaux kept Pretty Tricky toward the rear of the 11-horse field early in the $72,675 Straight Deal Handicap, gradually advanced her on the outside and with brisk urging in the stretch rallied from fourth place to defeat Country Recital by a head.
In her previous start, the Davona Dale Stakes, Pretty Tricky was just off the lead, took a three-length advantage into the stretch then was passed at the wire.
"The last time . . . she made the lead too easy, and, at the three-sixteenths pole, she really flattened out," said Desormeaux, the nation's winningest jockey. "Today, I said, 'If we're gonna lose, we're gonna lose closing.' "
Pretty Tricky closed where it was safe -- far outside. As she rallied, Vince Bracciale Jr. had Country Recital in high gear toward the inside; but with Bug Eyed Betty to his right and Supper For Two slowing in front of him, Bracciale had nowhere to go. He jerked Country Recital to the rail inside the furlong pole, and the filly quickly regained her stride. But she came up just short of Pretty Tricky, beating Bug Eyed Betty by a half-length for second.
Pretty Tricky, part of the favored entry trained by King Leatherbury, ran the 1 1/8 miles in 1:50 1/5. Her third stakes victory of 1987 was worth $47,509 to owner Elaine Bassford and $7.40 to her backers.
Earlier, a first-place dead heat in the fifth race was of no help to double-triple players. For the 14th straight day, no one correctly selected the top three finishers in the third and fifth races, producing a $131,423.60 carryover into Tuesday's program. -- Vinnie Perrone
In Elmont, N.Y., Coup De Fusil was declared the winner of the $249,600 Ruffian Handicap when Sacahuista was disqualified after finishing first and was placed third.
Ridden by Angel Cordero Jr., Tartan Stable's Coup De Fusil was impeded nearing the wire by Sacahuista, ridden by Richard Migliore.
The winner, second-place Clabber Girl, Sacahuista and Without Feathers, all members of a six-horse Wayne Lukas-trained entry, swept the top four places in the 1 1/8-mile event run in 1:48 3/5.