VINTON, La.-- Bouquet Booth established herself as candidate for the 3-year-old filly series at Fair Grounds this winter with a fast-closing, half-length win in the Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Downs Princess on Saturday.
The one-mile race was part of an eight-stakes card led by the Grade 3, $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot.
Bouquet Booth ($21.20) settled in seventh early, as Grandacious took the field through fractions of 22.17 seconds for the opening quarter, 46.98 for the half-mile and 1:12.34 for six furlongs. Bouquet Booth launched her bid into the final turn and went on to cover the distance on a fast track in 1:40.59.
Shaun Bridgmohan was aboard Bouquet Booth, who he also rode to a three-length maiden win last month at Keeneland.
"The filly's improving every race that she's run," said Steve Margolis, who trains Bouquet Booth for Right Time Racing. "We took a big shot coming here. [Delta director of racing] Chris Warren said, 'You guys really fit, and we'd like you to come.' We talked it over, and it was well worth taking a shot."
Bouquet Booth is a daughter of Flower Alley. She has now won 2 of 4 starts. Margolis said she will head next to Fair Grounds, where he will be based when the meet opens Thursday.
"We'll take her back to New Orleans," he said. "We've got a lot of good races as a 3-year-old, like the Fair Grounds Oaks."
Last year's Princess winner, Quiet Temper, went on to win the Fair Grounds Oaks.
Niji's Grand Girl finished second in the Princess, a neck in front of third-place finisher Grandacious.
Promise Me a Cat, the favorite, finished fourth at 4-5.
"It was first time two turns, and maybe it affected her a little bit," said Javier Castellano, who rode Promise Me a Cat.
In other stakes action, Z Humor ($5.60) led throughout to win the $125,000 Delta Mile by four lengths over And Music Came. Gerard Melancon was aboard for Zayat Stables and trainer Steve Asmussen.
Briecat ($7.40) dominated the $125,000 Treasure Chest for fillies and mares when she drew out by 5 1/2 lengths in a performance her trainer, Vladimir Cerin, felt was the best of her career. It gave him career victory 999. Patrick Valenzuela was aboard for Holly and David Wilson.
Valenzuela also won the first race on the card with My Star Runner ($4.60), who scored by two lengths in the $60,000 Orleans. Cody Autrey trains the winner for Charles Fletcher.