Delta Downs hosted the 14th running of the $100,000 Treasure Chest Stakes on Friday night and the winner was Mariah's Galaxy under jockey Kevin Smith. The Victor Arceneaux trainee has now won two stakes races already this season as she also took the $100,000 Magnolia on opening weekend, October 11.
Mariah's Galaxy's task in the Treasure Chest appeared to be tougher one as she was facing open company this time after beating Louisiana-breds in the Magnolia. She passed the test with flying colors however as she sat back in the 10-horse field while Summer's Indy set the early pace of 23.01 seconds for the opening quarter mile and 47.40 for the half. As the field entered the final turn of the one mile event Smith called on his mount and she responded with a determined rally that put her 1-1/2 lengths in front of Shes Our Fastest at the wire while Special Blessing rallied for third, another four lengths behind the top pair. Summer's Indy faded to fourth.
The final time for Mariah's Galaxy over a fast track in the Treasure Chest was 1:39.51
The win by Mariah's Galaxy, who is owned by Riley Blanchet and Todd Matte, was the ninth of her 24-race career. She banked another $60,000 for her win on Friday and now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $302,485.
Bred in Louisiana by Margie K. Averett, Mariah's Galaxy is a 5-year-old mare by Greeley's Galaxy, out of the Devil His Due mare Black Mariah.
Sent to the gate at odds of 5-1, Mariah's Galaxy paid $12 to win, $5.20 to place and $4 to show. Shes Our Fastest was worth $11.20 to place and $7 to show. Special Blessing paid $4.80 to show.
Delta Downs will close out its sixth week of live racing on Saturday night with another 10-race program. The featured race is $100,000 Delta Miles Stakes going as the eighth race on the program.
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