January 09, 2005 · By
Crimson Stag went wire to wire scoring a length victory on January 8th in the $75,000 Crescent City Derby at the Fair Grounds. Robby Albarado said after the race, "He doesn't feel like he really has put a it all together mentally and physically out there yet."
Dallas Stewart said, "Robby said he seems to be a horse that could like to see the other horses to run his best. He's still got lessons to learn. He's a game horse though. They went fast early, 46 and change for the half is probably faster than Robby wanted him to go, but he was doing it without being asked. When he learns that you don't have to have to go as fast as you can all the way around, he will be an even better horse."
Breaking from post two, Crimson Stag broke sharply and ended up seizing the lead while maintaining inside position. Crimson Stag got out to a length and a half length lead while being stalked from the outside after a quarter-mile in 23.2. Crimson Stag continued to travel on the lead by a length after a half-mile in a sharp 46.4. The stalkers launched a bid at Crimson Stag on the turn, but Albarado still had a hold of Crimson Stag letting him out a notch to repel the challengers after six furlongs in 1:12.3. Crimson Stag actually opened up a noticeable daylight lead at the head of the stretch, but he did not really keep his mind to business forcing Albarado to stay after him pretty good. He ran rather unevenly changing leads and ducking in and out when Robby switched sticks, but he kept digging in to turn back one last challenge from the runner-up and hold sway by a measured length.
The running time for the mile and a sixteenth was1:46.3, but as Robby Albarado said, "He will get so much from this race in terms of experience. He had a lot of new things thrown at him, and he passed. He's got heart and room to improve. That's not a bad position to be in."
Crimson Stag's next start will likely come next in the $125,000 Louisiana Premier Night Prince stakes going seven furlongs on February 5th at Delta Downs.