NEW ORLEANS – Ben McElroy’s Equation ran her winning streak to four when remaining undefeated in Saturday’s $50,000 Big Easy Overnight Stakes over 5½ furlongs of the Stall-Wilson turf course at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Making her first start under the care of trainer Brendan Walsh after going 3-for-3 for former trainer Wesley Ward, the 4-year-old bay daughter of In Summation settled inside early under James Graham. Racing in the pocket behind splits of 22.98 and 46.04 set by race favorite Clairenation, Equation tipped out turning for home and held off a late charge from Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Steve Asmussen-trained Simple Surprise to score by a half-length in a final time of 1:03.44.
David Flores, aboard Simple Surprise, lodged an objection into the stretch run after the winner drifted out, but it was disallowed by the stewards. It was another two lengths back to Barry and Joni Butzow’s Joe Sharp-trained Calypso Run in third under Gabriel Saez.
“They told me not to rush her too much, let her get in a rhythm and come on home,” Graham said. “She did just that and she finished up really well. In between her break, she’s done nothing but good and did it again today.”
In running her perfect record to four in her first stakes try, Equation earned $30,690 to boost her career bankroll to $87,990. She returned $8.80, $4.80 and $3.40, with Simple Surprise paying $6.20 and $3.80. Calypso Run returned $3.80
Boom Bam Bing, Kathballu and Clairenation completed the order of finish.