Lacey J Jr Wins Bitterroot by DQ

Longshot wins Les Bois Park stakes after favorite is taken down for interference.

May 27, 2013

After the disqualification of fastest qualifier and betting favorite SS Paydirt for interference, Sam Allie’s homebred Lacey J Jr was elevated to first in the $116,996 Bitterroot Futurity (R) on Monday at Les Bois Park in Idaho. The Colorado-bred colt by Special Leader finished one length behind SS Paydirt and took home a check for $46,798 for the victory. SS Paydirt was placed fifth by the stewards.

Trained by Ron Moosman and ridden by Elliot Bachicha Jr., Lacey J Jr avoided trouble at odds of 17-1 and was clocked in :18.108 for 350 yards. The colt put up the seventh-fastest time in the trials with a clocking of :17.884. That second-place effort in his trial marked the career debut for Lacey J Jr, who is out of the Streakin La Jolla mare Lacey Jn Me.

Mark and Ryan Hanson’s Micato, an Oklahoma-bred gelding by Ivory James, earned second-place money with Jay Conklin up. Sandy and Denny Weigt’s Carters Cartel filly Well Worth It, who came into the race undefeated in two starts, took third.

Earlier on the card, Kelly and Kyle Cook’s Tall Hero won the $10,000 Bitterroot Juvenile Stakes (R) with Jay Conklin riding for trainer Monty Arrossa. Tall Hero, a colt by Valiant Hero, has now won two of three career starts.