CRIMSON STAG WINS LA PREMIER NIGHT PRINCE
West Point's three-year-old Crimson Stag had to endure a brutal start, but overcame the adversity to score a decisive victory in the $125,000 Louisiana Premier Night Prince Stakes. Dallas Stewart said, "I was almost sick after the break. We got absolutely wiped out, and when I saw us in last I was concerned we might have gotten hurt. A lot of horses will get really pumped up when they get slammed like that, but Robby (Albarado) allowed him to settle and when he asked him he answered with authority. He had ever right to flatten out after that start, but he just keeps going no matter what. He loves to compete, and he loves to race."
Breaking from post eight, Crimson Stag got absolutely obliterated at the start when the nine horse took a sharp left turn right out of the gate and shuffled Crimson Stag all the way to the back of the field. Crimson Stag was last by daylight heading into the first turn in the two turn seven furlong race. Crimson Stag was still at the back of the pack sitting about eight-lengths back after a quarter-mile in 23.1. Crimson Stag was still near the back sitting in eighth after a half-mile in 48.2, but he then exploded midway down the backstretch advancing between horses and then slingshotting into near even terms with the leaders heading into the stretch. Crimson Stag continued to carry his momentum through the lane drawing off willingly to score by nearly three-lengths at the wire.
Crimson Stag, a son of Glitterman, earned another $75,000 for the victory pushing his career earnings over $222,000 in only eight career starts.
Crimson Stag will look to complete a winter superfecta of stakes triumphs as he points for the $100,000 Gentilly Handicap at a mile on the turf on March 19th at the Fair Grounds.