Bridgmohan brings the heat with Rapid Rhythm
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, (CMC):
Jamaican Shaun Bridgmohan brought 7-2 chance Rapid Rhythm with a thundering run down the middle of the track to win the second division of the US$50,000 Richie Scherer Memorial at Fair Grounds here Saturday.
The five-year-old bay mare was never far off the pace before coming late in the stretch to edge the three-year-old and upward fillies and mares by half-length, to win in a time of one minute, 04.01 seconds.
Her victory was her ninth in 23 starts and her first since coming back from a protracted layoff.
"I was a passenger," Bridgmohan said.
"[Trainer] Mike (Stidham) told me don't change anything about her and just get her in the middle of the turf course, and sure enough that's all I had to do."
In a 5-1/2 furlong sprint on turf, Burma Road and Nite Delight produced the early splits 22.67 and 46.46 seconds, with Simple Surprise and Boom Bam Bing chasing and Bridmohan racing Rapid rhythm back in eight and just off the rails.
Bridgmohan bid on the final turn and caught the leaders at the three-sixteenth, before powering away to take the wire.
The victory kept Rapid Rhythm perfect from six starts on turf.