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Snuggs and Kisses wins the 2013 Bayou Handicap
Snuggs and Kisses

Snuggs and Kisses wins the 2013 Bayou Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course.

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A field of 6 older fillies and mares (after 3 scratches) contested the $75,000 Bayou Handicap at 1 1/16 miles on the main track (originalled scheduled for turf). Jockey Rosie Napravnik sent 9-2 third choice Snuggs and Kisses to the lead through fractions of 24.30, 48.48, and 1:13.20. 2-5 favorite Daisy Devine attempted to close the gap but Snuggs and Kisses outfinished her by a head in 1:45.38. It was another 3/4 length back to 4-1 second choice Ausus in third.

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Winning trainer Tom Amoss said, "We weren't going to run if it stayed on the grass. The whole idea was to run if it came off the grass. Daisy Devine is a great filly. Obviously, she is a great turf filly. So, maybe a little vulnerable today on the dirt. We were able to take advantage of it. My filly ran her heart out and, you know, Rosie rode a good race too."

Jockey Rosie Napravnik added, "We were able to get a really nice pace from the inside. At the 3/8 pole, Daisy Devine was kind of creeping up on us and I said ‘Oh boy, here she comes' but my filly really stuck it out and kept her nose in front the whole way. It was a very game effort."

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