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Mar 18, 2005

High Limit cruises in Louisiana Derby


New Orleans, LA (Sports Network) - High Limit cruised to a four-length win

 in Saturday's $600,000 Louisiana Derby at the Fair Grounds. It was the

 three- year-old's first race since October.

With regular rider Ramon Dominguez aboard, High Limit took the lead in the

 1 1/16 mile race shortly after the start. The colt controlled the pace in his first

attempt in a stakes race.

Prompting the pace behind High Limit was Vicarage, Storm Surge and

Kansas City Boy. The first three in running order did not change position up the

 backstretch and around the turn. At the top of the stretch, High Limit continued

 his advantage and went on to his first win of 2005.

Finishing second was Vicarage, followed by Storm Surge and Wallstreet Scandal

 in the field of nine. Completing the order of finish was Real Dandy, Scipion,

Kansas City Boy, Sort It Out and Indy Storm.

The time for the Louisiana Derby was 1:42.74.

High Limit came into the Louisiana Derby with a lot of publicity off his two easy

 wins last year at Delaware Park. High Limit is owned by Gary and Mary West

and trained by Bobby Frankel. The win was worth $360,000 and brought

 High Limit's career earnings to just over $400,000.

High Limit returned $7.20, $6.20 and $4.40. Vicarage paid $16.80 and $9.80,

and Storm Surge paid $4.80 for show.

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