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2010 Louisiana Derby Preview Day Part 1

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Chamberlain Bridge wins the 2010 Colonel Power Stakes
Chamberlain Bridge

Chamberlain Bridge wins the 2010 Colonel Power Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course.

© Cindy Pierson Dulay
The $60,000 Colonel Power Stakes featured a field of 10 older horses sprinting about 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf. Defending champion Chamberlain Bridge, unraced since finishing 7th in the Nearctic at Woodbine, was sent off as the even-money favorite over the two-horse entry of Country Day and Due Date at 7-2, and 9-2 third choice Grand Traverse, third in the Gaudin Memorial last out.

Jockey Robby Albarado sent Turfiste to the front down the backstretch through fractions of 22.59 and 46.38, with Chamberlain Bridge and Country Day stalking him early. Turfiste tired at the 3/16 pole, allowing Chamberlain Bridge to open up a 1 1/2 length advantage with a furlong to go. Country Day came out for room and closed the gap but was too late as Chamberlain Bridge easily held him off by 3/4 length at the line, completing the trip in 1:04.29 on the firm course. It was another 2 1/4 lengths back to Wise River third.

Winning jockey Jamie Theriot said, "We got off slow but his foot was quick to get underneath him and he found a good starting position on the backside. The first part was tough but once we passed the half-mile pole I had a lot of confidence and a lot of horse underneath me."

Trainer Bret Calhoun added, ""Absolutely. He's always quick away from there. He's a horse that kind of wants to do things his way and I guess they started handling him a little bit in there and I think he got a little bit aggravated in the gate. this horse just decided it wasn't time to go and just sat back and got away a step slow."

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