Line In The Sand captures La. Derby Colony Light is disqualified for interference in stretch


NEW ORLEANS -- Line In The Sand captured the $200,000 Louisiana Derby yesterday after Colony Light was disqualified for interference in the stretch.

Line In The Sand, the 4-5 betting favorite in the Grade III race for 3-year-olds, closed ground in the stretch under Pat Day, but fell about two lengths short of Colony Light, which went off at 9-1 under Julie Krone.

Colony Light took command in the stretch after the early pacesetter, West Vermont, faded.

However, Colony Light drifted inside near the eighth pole and stewards at the Fair Grounds ruled Krone interfered with Hill Pass, which finished third.

Colony Light, which ran the 1 1/16-mile race in 1 minute, 43 2/5 seconds, was placed third behind Line In The Sand and Hill Pass.

Line In The Sand paid $3.80, $2.60, $2.20. Hill Pass, with Ronald Ardoin aboard, paid $3 and $2.60, while Colony Light paid $3.60.

"Everyone's human and makes mistakes," Krone said. "It's too ++ bad because the horse was much the best."

Bay Shore Stakes

NEW YORK -- Three Peat, a lightly raced shipper from California ridden by Chris Antley, led most of the way in a 3 1/4 -length victory in the Grade III race at Aqueduct.

Goldwater was second in the seven-furlong event for 3-year-olds. Third in the 10-horse field was Best Decorated.

The favored Three Peat, carrying 114 pounds, was timed in 1:21 3/5 seconds for his second victory in three career starts. The clocking was the fastest by a Bay Shore winner since Bold Forbes went 1:20 4/5 in 1976.

The winner, a Kentucky-bred son of Magesterial from the Mr. Prospector mare Whatsoraire, earned $75,600 from a $126,000 purse for Gary E. and Harry A. Biszantz. Three Peat returned $4.80, $4.20 and $3.20, Goldwater $7.40 and $5.00, and Best Decorated $3.00.

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