Feb. 19, 2011
HOT SPRINGS, AR (Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011) – Briland Farm’s Absinthe Minded, coming off an impressive wire-to-wire allowance win at Oaklawn Park Jan. 23, used the same plan Saturday, making the lead easily under jockey Terry Thompson and never looking back, to win the $100,000 Bayakoa Stakes by four lengths.
The victory kicks off a potentially big weekend for Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, who will start Hidden Value in Sunday’s $60,000 Spring Fever Stakes for female sprinters and both Derivative and Bonaroo in Monday’s $250,000 Southwest Stakes (G3) for 3-year-olds.
Using her rail post position to her advantage, Absinthe Minded quickly assumed the lead and proceeded through fractions of :23 2/5 and :47 1/5 for the first half mile, while being closely pursued by the favorite Taptam.
“I told Terry just leave her alone,” said Lukas. “Where ever that puts you, that's fine. Just leave her alone. If it puts you first, or second or fourth, don't bother her, and that's what he did.”
“My filly was more relaxed today than in her last race,” said Thompson. “I didn’t have to work as hard to get her to settle. When I came around the turn, I had a lot of horse and when I asked her I, she gave me a great punch. They really left me alone and let me dictate my own pace. I knew the two (Taptam) was behind me, but there was no pressure. When I got to the quarter-pole, I was really confident.”
Satans Quick Chick, the winner of the Pippin Stakes here Jan. 22, closed to finish second, 1 ½ lengths ahead of Tiz Miz Sue. Taptam, the top-choice at 8/5, faded to+ sixth.
The winner, a Quiet American filly bred in Kentucky, paid $18.00 to win and finished the 1 1/16th-mile contest in 1:43.62 in front of 20,983 fans.