Mobile Bay Repeats in Classic Thriller; LA-Breds Impress on Champions Day Card

Submitted by brian.spencer on December 9, 2017

Louisiana Champions Day Classic
Fair Grounds, 12-9-17, 1 1/8 Miles
Three-Year-Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Breds
Purse: $150,000

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Mobile Bay (orange silks) gets a head in front of Grande Basin to score back to back victories in the Louisiana Champions Day Classic at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

MOBILE BAY
Lone Star Special-Tranquility Bay
Breeder: Tigertail Ranch
Owner: Tigertail Ranch
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux
Jockey: Diego Saenz

2nd
Grand Basin
Good and Tough–Silver Rail, by Dispersal
Breeder: Coteau Grove Farms
Owner: William J. Deckwa, Jr., and John Carbo
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: Miguel Mena

3rd
Underpressure
Birdstone–Charming Colleen, by Charismatic
Breeder: James McIngvale
Owner: Mallory Greiner
Trainer: Chris Richard
Jockey Corey J. Lanerie

A 10-month layoff appeared to be no issue for Tigertail Ranch’s Louisiana millionaire Mobile Bay as he successfully defended his title in an epic renewal of the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic when the gutsy iron horse with nine stakes victories outnodded challenger Grande Basin.

Piloted by Diego Saenz and trained by Victor Arceneaux, the 5-year-old son of Lone Star Special broke right on top and separated himself from the remainder of the field throwing down fractions of 24.51, 48.58 and 1:14.24. As the field approached the far turn, Mobile Bay’s leading margins began to slim down as Grande Basin and Underpressure started to inch their way closer to the leader. At the top of the stretch, Saenz called on Mobile Bay for everything he had while jockey Miguel Mena did the same aboard Grande Basin to his inside. Underpressure kept close company but could not quite get involved with the two fighters up front. While it looked like Grande Basin may have gotten the better of his rival, the defending champion would not be denied. Both horses laid their noses right on the wire together resulting in a photo finish that would go to Mobile Bay, who finished the nine furlong trip in a time of 1:51.95.

“I was on the lead and he didn’t want to come back to me,” Saenz said. “I was afraid I was going to get beat because he was a little fresh off the layoff. That was close.”

Mena had no excuses aboard Grande Basin.

Beautiful trip,” Mena said. “I rode him the way I think he likes, but it was just a very tough beat. We lost to one of the best Louisiana-breds out there.”

Mobile Bay brought his lifetime earnings all the way up to $1,096,440 after his second straight Louisiana Champions Day Classic win. Other stakes victories of his include a win in the Grade II Super Derby in 2015 as well as triumphs against open company in the Zia Park Derby and Sunland Park Handicaps at their namesake courses. He returned $3.20, $2.60 and $2.10 while Grande Basin and Underpressure returned $5.40, $3 and $2.20, respectively.

Mobile Bay joins Blissful Union (1991-92), Magnify (1997-98), Costa Rising (2006-07), Star Guitar (2009-11) and Sunbean (2013-14) as the only horses to score multiple victories in the Louisiana Champions Day Classic.

Mageez and One King’s Man completed the running order.

 

Louisiana Champions Day Sprint
Fair Grounds, 12-9-17, 6 furlongs
Three-Year-Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Breds
Purse: $100,000

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Hay Hollow Stables’s Stand Him Up captures the Louisiana Champions day Sprint at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir

STAND HIM UP
Time Bandit–Taffy Davenport, by Miswaki
Breeder: Hay Hollow Racing Stable LLC
Owner: Hay Hollow Racing Stable LLC
Trainer: Howard Alonzo
Jockey: Gabriel Saez

2nd
Just Kissing Back
Limehouse–Just Kissing, by Kissin Kris
Breeder: Forrest Lanning, Kelly Turner & Tresa Snow
Owner:  Kim C. White
Trainer: Dale White, Sr.
Jockey: Diego Saenz

3rd
Hunker Down
Musket Man–My Friend Bele, by My Friend Max
Breeder: Jo Ann Thompson
Owner: Double Dam Farm LLC
Trainer: Delmar R. Caldwell
Jockey: Corey J. Lanerie

Hay Hollow Racing Stables’ Stand Him Up ($5.20, $3.60, $3.40) pulled off a hat trick when winning the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint by 1¼ lengths in a final time of 1:11.03. Ridden by Gabriel Saez and trained by Howard Alonzo, the son of Time Bandit came into the race off of a victory against allowance company at Evangeline Downs in August and a win on Opening Day in the Heitai Stakes.

Breaking from the gate, Stand Him Up sat just a half-length off the pace controlled by Jockamo’s Song who set fractions of 22.76, 46.73. Approaching the top of the stretch, Stand Him Up took command, headed and passed the leader and held off 24-1 longshot Just Kissing Buck ($17 and $10.80) while Hunker Down ($11.40) took the show spot, another three-quarters of a length back.

“He’s an awesome horse,” Saez said. “Every time I get on him he gives me 100%, and I was glad that a couple horses went to the front end. When it was time to come around and make our move, he finished up running.”

Stand Him Up collected $60,000 from his Sprint victory, which brought his career earnings up to $208,460 in his seventh career win in 14 lifetime starts.

Jockamo’s Song, Nubin Ridge, My Friend Flavin, Double Barrel Man, Philly and Outofthisgalaxycompleted the order of finish.

 

Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint
Fair Grounds, 12-9-17, 6 furlongs
Three-Year-Olds and Upwards, Fillies and Mares, Accredited Louisiana Breds
Purse: $100,000

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My Miss Chiff with Mitchell Murrill aboard wins the LA Champions Day Ladies Sprint at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

MY MISS CHIFF
Into Mischief–Carl’s Frosty Girl, by Pulling Punches
Breeder: Steve E. Holliday
Owner: Town and Country Racing, LLC
Trainer: Albert M. Stall, Jr.
Jockey: Mitchell Murrill

 2nd
Look Into My Eyes
City Zip–Burnished Miss, by Wild Again
Breeder: Robert McDowell & Bethe Deal
Owner: Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti
Trainer: Efren Loza, Jr.
Jockey: Robby Albarado
3rd
Wheatfield
Lone Star Special–Thistle Bear, by Gators N Bears
Breeder: Tigertail Ranch
Owner: Tigertail Ranch
Trainer: Danny Pish
Jockey: Florent Geroux

Town and Country LLC’s My Miss Chiff ($4.40, $3 and $2.10) kept an undefeated streak over the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots main track alive when she won the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint, her fourth victory in as many starts over the New Orleans oval.

Ridden by Mitchell Murrill and trained by Al Stall, Jr., the daughter of Into Mischief’s wins at the Fair Grounds include a maiden win in January and a March allowance victory, both against statebreds, as well as her triumph last out in the Happy Ticket Stakes on Opening Day.

Breaking from the gate, Murrill took My Miss Chiff back to third as Elektracutioner dictated the pace up front through fractions of 21.86 and 45.56. Approaching the top of the stretch, My Miss Chiff began to gain on the tiring pacesetter and took command to win the race by three-quarters of a length over Look Into My Eyes ($5.80 and $3.20), who was  3½ lengths clear of Wheatfield ($2.10) in third.

“We got the trip we wanted,” Murrill said. “We sat outside. She does her own thing and then just takes me right back to the wire.”

My Miss Chiff scored her fourth victory in six lifetime starts and boosted her earnings to $159,660.

Play Unified, Dr Liz, Bitsy’s C C, Discreetly Grand, Elektracutioner, Sunny Oak and Fairwell Tax Breakcompleted the order of finish.

 

Louisiana Champions Day Lassie
Fair Grounds, 12-9-17, 6 furlongs
Two-Year-Old Fillies, Accredited Louisiana Breds
Purse: $100,000

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Minit to Stardom with Colby Hernandez aboard wins thd 27th running of the Louisiana Champions Day Lassie at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

MINIT TO STARDOM
Star Guitar–Wild About Marie, by Wildcat Heir
Breeder: Brittlyn Stables, Inc.
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Albert M. Stall, Jr.
Jockey: Colby J.Hernandez

2nd
Sarah’s Holy Belle
El Corredor–My Holy Belle, by Holy Bull
Breeder: Perform Stables Inc.
Owner: Perform Stables Inc.
Trainer: Ricky Courville
Jockey: Chantal Sutherland

3rd:
Girls Life
Colonel John–Saucey Officer, by Officer
Breeder: Georgia Farms Inc
Owner: Brad Raney
Trainer: Karl Broberg
Jockey: Ashley Broussard

Brittlyn Stable’s Minit To Stardom ($3, $2.60 and $2.10) proved herself to be a worthy 1-2 favorite in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Lassie, winning the six-furlong event by an emphatic 7¼ lengths. Guided to victory by Colby Hernandez and trained by Al Stall, Jr., the daughter of Louisiana living legend Star Guitar broke sharply and sat just to the outside of pacesetters Tigertail Ranch’s Cool Spring and stablemate Andthebandplayedon who set opening fractions of 22.10 and 46.38 Around the far turn, Minit To Stardom cruised to the front without being asked and began to open up on the field. Hernandez shook the reins a few times in the stretch as the filly completed the trip in 1:12.18.

Perform Stables Inc.’s Sarah’s Holy Belle ($9.80 and $6) closed to get second, 1¼ lengths ahead of Brad Raney’s Girls Life ($6.80) in third.

“She’s a really nice filly,” Hernandez said. “She’ll do anything you ask her to, but I didn’t have to ask her to do much.”

The Louisiana Champions Day Lassie was Minit To Stardom’s first stakes victory in only her second career start. She made her career debut a winning one by 5¼ lengths on Opening Day in a state-bred maiden special weight. The victory elevated her lifetime earnings to $84,600.

Yes Gorgeous, Cool Spring, Andthebandplayedon, She’screative and Just A Bandit completed the order of finish.  

 

Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile
Fair Grounds, 12-9-17, 6 furlongs
Two-Year-Old Colts and Geldings, Accredited Louisiana Breds
Purse: $100,000

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GREELEY WENT WEST
El Corredor–So Well Read, by Read the Footnotes
Breeder: Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson
Owner: Phyllis J. Hodges and Randy Schiender
Trainer: James E. Hodges
Jockey: James Graham

2nd
Divine Bean
Star Guitar–Good Human Bean, by Langfuhr
Breeder: Brittlyn, Inc.
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Albert M. Stall, Jr.
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

3rd
Cajun Creed
Jimmy Creed–Surprise Squall, by Stephen Got Even
Breeder: Danny M. Brown & Donna B. Brown
Owner: Horseplayers Racing Club LLC
Trainer: Danny Pish
Jockey: Florent Geroux

Phyllis J. Hodges and Randy Schiender’s Greeley Went West ($15, $7 and $4.20) out-dueled Brittlyn Stable’s stubborn Divine Bean ($3.60, $2.80) in the stretch to take the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile Stakes by a length in a time of 1:11.76.

Trained by James Hodges and ridden to victory by James Graham, the son of El Corredor remained undefeated in two starts, the first of which was a win against state-bred maidens at Louisiana Downs in September. Graham kept Greeley Went West off the pace commanded by Divine Bean who set opening fractions of 21.96, 46.07 and 58.60 before unsuccessfully fighting off a challenge from the eventual winner. Horseplayer Racing Club’s Cajun Creed ($3) took the show spot another length back.

“He broke sharp and I put him in a good spot,” Graham said. “When I picked him up he sprinted home. He went after them a little sooner than I wanted to, but halfway around the turn I said, ‘Man, I’ve got a little bit of pony.’”

The first time gelding enhanced his career earnings to $73,200.

Ready Prospector, Pound For Pound, Prayer Boy, Exigent and Uncle Herbie completed the order of finish.

 

 

Louisiana Champions Day Ladies 
Fair Grounds, 12-9-17, @ 1 1/16 miles, turf
Three-Year-Olds and Upwards, Fillies and Mares, Accredited Louisiana Breds
Purse: $100,000

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Inveniam Viam with jockey Shaun Bridgmohan aboar captures the 27th running of the Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Turf at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

INVENIAM VIAM
Half Ours–Haliburton Honey, by Regal Classic
Breeder: Paul E Mullen
Owner: Allied Racing Stable, LLC
Trainer: Brad H. Cox
Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan

2nd
Pacific Pink
Private Vow–Truly Romantic, by Robyn Dancer
Breeder: Brandon Adcock
Owner: Keith Plaisance
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: Corey J. Lanerie

3rd
Mr. Al’s Gal
Salute the Sarge–Spanish Ice, by Spanish Steps
Breeder: J. Adcock & Neal McFadden
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Justin Jeansonne
Jockey: Diego Saenz

Louisiana Champions Day Turf 
Fair Grounds, 12-9-17, @ 1 1/16 miles, turf
Three-Year-Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Breds
Purse: $100,000
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Extra Credit (lime green silks) wins the Louisiana Champions Day Turf at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir
EXTRA CREDIT
Proud Citizen–Sunny Isles, by Stormy Atlantic
Breeder: Richard Klein & Bertram Klein
Owner: Klein Racing
Trainer: Brad H. Cox
Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan

2nd
Fort Pulaski
Any Given Saturday–Jazznwithcandy, by Jambalaya Jazz
Breeder: Tigertail Ranch
Owner: Tigertail Ranch
Trainer: Danny Pish
Jockey: Jose Valdivia, Jr.
3rd
Trust Factor
Paddy O’Prado–Mainsail, byMizzen Mast
Breeder: J. Adcock & Hume Wornall
Owner: Scrivener Stables
Trainer: Michael J. Maker
Jockey: Robby Albarado
Louisiana Champions Day Starter Handicap
Fair Grounds, 12-9-17, @ 1  miles, turf
Three-Year-Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Breds
Purse: $50,000
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Well’s Gold with Miguel Mena aboard wins the La Champions Day Starter Handicap Stakes at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir
WELL’S GOLD
Gold Tribute-Lucky Buck’s Baby, by Spend A Buck
Breeder: J. Weldon Granger
Owner: James DeSoto
Trainer: F. Dewaine Loy
Jockey: Miguel Mena
2nd
Southern Mister
Yonaguska-Vicki’s Valentine, by Mi Selecto
Breeder: Mark W. Necaise
Owner: Darque Horse Racing LLC
Trainer: Eduardo Ramirez
Jockey: Kerwin Clark
3rd
Thunderberg
Teuflesberg-LIttle Rainmaker, by Thunder Gulch
Breeder: P & D Racing Stables
Owner: P & D Racing Stables
Trainer: Dana Whited
Jockey: Diego Saenz

Mobile Bay Back to Defend LA Champions Day Classic

Louisiana Champions Day features seven stakes races worth total of $750,000.

 

If Mobile Bay can race well off an extended layoff, the grade 2 winner looks well-positioned to register a second straight Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes win Dec. 9 at Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots.

The $150,000 Classic is the most lucrative race on a card that features six other black-type stakes for Louisiana-bred Thoroughbreds. Those seven stakes will offer total purses of $750,000.

Tigertail Ranch homebred Mobile Bay closed out his 2016 season with a 4 3/4-length romp in last year’s Louisiana Champions Day Classic then opened 2017 with a clear victory in the LA Bred Premier Night Championship Stakes Feb. 11. at Delta Downs. But the son of Lone Star Special has not raced since picking up the eighth stakes win of his career in that February test.

Winner of the 2015 Super Derby (G2), Mobile Bay will carry high weight of 124 pounds in Saturday’s 1 1/8-mile race. He enters the race off a strong work pattern for trainer Victor Arceneaux, including a five-furlong breeze in a bullet 1:00 1/5 Dec. 2 at Evangeline Downs.

In the six other stakes:

  • Juvenile fillies will get the day started in the $100,000 Lassie Stakes, where Brittlyn Stable homebred Minit to Stardom (Star Guitar ) will try to make the class jump from impressive debut maiden winner to stakes winner when she makes her second career start in the six-furlong test.
  • In the Ladies Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the turf, Allied Racing Stable’s Invenian Viam (Half Ours ) will try for a second straight win on the course after taking the Si Cima overnight stakes Nov. 18.
  • In the 1 1/16-mile Turf, Scrivener Stables’ Trust Factor (Paddy O’Prado) will try for his second stakes win of the season. He enters with a win or runner-up finish in each of his past four starts.
  • In the six-furlong Juvenile, Brittlyn Stable again figures prominently with a Star Guitar 2-year-old entered off an impressive maiden debut win in Divine Bean.
  • In the Sprint, at six furlongs, Dare to Dream Stable’s Jockamo’s Song (Half Ours) will try to secure a third straight stakes victory.
  • Closing out the day will be the six-furlong Ladies Sprint where Town and Country Racing’s My Miss Chiff (Into Mischief ) enters off a clear victory in the Happy Ticket Stakes.

ENTRIES: LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY LASSIE S.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Saturday, December 09, 2017, Race 5

  • STK
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 2 yo Fillies
  • 3:05 PM (local)
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1Cool Spring (LA) Florent Geroux 117 Danny Pish 8/1
2 2Girls Life (LA) Ashley Broussard 122 Karl Broberg 8/1
3 3Sarah’s Holy Belle (LA) Chantal Sutherland 117 Ricky Courville 8/1
4 4Andthebandplayedon (LA) Corey J. Lanerie 122 Albert M. Stall, Jr. 7/2
5 5Yes Gorgeous (LA) Jose Valdivia, Jr. 122 Scott Gelner 4/1
6 6Minit to Stardom (LA) Colby J. Hernandez 122 Albert M. Stall, Jr. 5/2
7 7Just a Bandit (LA) Kerwin D. Clark 122 Allen Landry 10/1
8 8She’screative (LA) Jansen Melancon 122 J. R. Caldwell 10/1

 

ENTRIES: LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY LADIES S.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Saturday, December 09, 2017, Race 6

  • STK
  • About 1 1/16m
  • Turf
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo’s & up Fillies and Mares
  • 3:35 PM (local)
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1Mr. Al’s Gal (LA) Diego Saenz 115 Justin Jeansonne 4/1
2 2Seaside Candy (LA) Colby J. Hernandez 118 Albert M. Stall, Jr. 8/1
3 3Pera (LA) Chantal Sutherland 118 Ricky Courville 15/1
4 4Safari Calamari (LA) Jose Valdivia, Jr. 118 Ron Faucheux 8/1
5 5Inveniam Viam (LA) Shaun Bridgmohan 122 Brad H. Cox 5/2
6 6Dontmesswithjoanne (LA) Florent Geroux 115 Brad H. Cox 3/1
7 7Tenpins Tempo (LA) Ashley Broussard 115 Lee Thomas 20/1
8 8Calamity Jane (LA) Miguel Mena 118 Edward J. Johnston 10/1
9 9Pacific Pink (LA) Corey J. Lanerie 118 Edward J. Johnston 10/1

 

ENTRIES: LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY TURF S.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Saturday, December 09, 2017, Race 8

  • STK
  • About 1 1/16m
  • Turf
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo’s & up
  • 4:35 PM (local)
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1Hail to the Nile (LA) Corey J. Lanerie 118 Sturges J. Ducoing 10/1
2 2Who Datawaki (LA) Chantal Sutherland 118 Lee Thomas 20/1
3 3Jack Snipe’s (LA) Florent Geroux 119 Gary M. Scherer 12/1
4 4Trust Factor (LA)Keeneland Sales Graduate Robby Albarado 122 Michael J. Maker 8/5
5 5Gentlmens Agrement (LA) Colby J. Hernandez 118 Leo G. Gabriel, Jr. 8/1
6 6Fort Pulaski (LA) Jose Valdivia, Jr. 122 Danny Pish 3/1
7 7Impressive Student (LA) Jamie Theriot 115 Joe O. Duhon 15/1
8 8Extra Credit (LA) Shaun Bridgmohan 118 Brad H. Cox 5/1
9 9Harbor Pilot (LA) Gerard Melancon 118 Scott Gelner 15/1

 

ENTRIES: LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY JUVENILE S.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Saturday, December 09, 2017, Race 9

  • STK
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 2 yo
  • 5:05 PM (local)
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1Pound for Pound (LA) Eddie Martin, Jr. 122 Jose Grimaldo 8/1
2 2Prayer Boy (LA) Kerwin D. Clark 122 Allen Landry 20/1
3 3Ready Prospector (LA) Gerard Melancon 122 Oscar Modica 4/1
4 4Uncle Herbie (LA) Jamie Theriot 122 Tracy A. Norris 30/1
5 5Divine Bean (LA) Colby J. Hernandez 122 Albert M. Stall, Jr. 7/2
6 6Cajun Creed (LA)Keeneland Sales Graduate Florent Geroux 122 Danny Pish 9/2
7 7Greeley Went West (LA) James Graham 122 James E. Hodges 8/1
8 8Singing Deacon (LA) Aubrie Green 122 James E. Hodges 8/1
9 9Exigent (LA) Miguel Mena 122 W. Bret Calhoun 6/1
10 10Aceguitar (LA) Ted D. Gondron 122 Danny Pish 6/1

 

ENTRIES: LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY CLASSIC S.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Saturday, December 09, 2017, Race 10

  • STK
  • 1 1/8m
  • Dirt
  • $150,000
  • 3 yo’s & up
  • 5:35 PM (local)
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1One King’s Man (LA) Gerard Melancon 118 F. Dewaine Loy 20/1
2 2Mageez (LA) Mitchell Murrill 118 Delmar R. Caldwell 5/1
3 3Mobile Bay (LA) Diego Saenz 124 Victor Arceneaux 5/2
4 4Classy Bird (LA) Eddie Martin, Jr. 118 Lonnie Briley 12/1
5 5Seaside Candy (LA) Colby J. Hernandez 115 Albert M. Stall, Jr. 6/1
6 6Grande Basin (LA) Miguel Mena 118 Edward J. Johnston 5/1
7 7Underpressure (LA) Corey J. Lanerie 121 Chris Richard 4/1
8 8Extra Credit (LA) Shaun Bridgmohan 118 Brad H. Cox 5/1

 

ENTRIES: LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY SPRINT S.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Saturday, December 09, 2017, Race 11

  • STK
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo’s & up
  • 6:05 PM (local)
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1Hunker Down (LA) Corey J. Lanerie 118 Delmar R. Caldwell 12/1
2 2Philly (LA) Colby J. Hernandez 118 Albert M. Stall, Jr. 12/1
3 3Stand Him Up (LA) Gabriel Saez 120 Howard Alonzo 7/2
4 4Jockamo’s Song (LA) Gerard Melancon 120 Michael Stidham 5/2
5 5Just Kissing Buck (LA) Diego Saenz 118 Dale White, Sr. 8/1
6 6Nubin Ridge (LA) Ashley Broussard 118 Alan Klanfer 4/1
7 7Biblical Strength (LA) Mitchell Murrill 118 Jason H. Meaux 20/1
8 8My Friend Flavin (LA) Robby Albarado 118 Leo G. Gabriel, Jr. 8/1
9 9Outofthisgalaxy (LA) Kerwin D. Clark 120 John Rannie Ladner 15/1
10 10Double Barrel Man (LA) Shaun Bridgmohan 118 Lee Thomas 12/1

 

ENTRIES: LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY LADIES SPRINT S.

Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, Saturday, December 09, 2017, Race 12

  • STK
  • 6f
  • Dirt
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo’s & up Fillies and Mares
  • 6:35 PM (local)
PP Horse Jockey Wgt Trainer M/L
1 1Sunny Oak (LA) Corey J. Lanerie 118 Edward J. Johnston 9/2
2 2Dr Liz (LA) Chantal Sutherland 116 Ricky Courville 50/1
3 3Discreetly Grand (LA) James Graham 118 Morris G. Nicks 20/1
4 4My Miss Chiff (LA) Mitchell Murrill 116 Albert M. Stall, Jr. 9/5
5 5Play Unified (LA)Keeneland Sales Graduate Miguel Mena 118 W. Bret Calhoun 20/1
6 6Bitsy’s C C (LA) Ashley Broussard 116 Sam B. David, Jr. 15/1
7 7Elektracutioner (LA) Jose Valdivia, Jr. 116 Ray Sibille 12/1
8 8Wheatfield (LA) Florent Geroux 118 Danny Pish 2/1
9 9Fairwell Tax Break (LA) Gabriel Saez 118 Howard Alonzo 20/1
10 10Look Into My Eyes (LA)Keeneland Sales Graduate Robby Albarado 118 Efren Loza, Jr. 6/1

Two Scholarships Will Be Awarded At Louisiana Champions Day

NEW ORLEANS, La. – Louisiana Champions Day will take place on Saturday, December 9, at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans, La. The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award a total of two scholarships, each valued at $1,000, during the event.
The requirements for the scholarship are as follows:
  • Must be a college student enrolled full-time for Spring 2018.
  • Must be in good standing with the college or university.
  • Must be present to win at the Winner’s Circle when the announcement is made.
  • Must have college ID and government issued ID.
For Louisiana Champions Day:
  • Registration: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the designated booth.
  • Races begin: 12:30 p.m.
  • Drawing time: The scholarships will be awarded after the fifth race.The scholarship will be deposited directly into the student’s account at the college or university. The student is asked to know the name and address of the college that they are attending.
Louisiana Champions Day is Louisiana’s rendering of the Breeders’ Cup, the Louisiana Champions Day brings together the top Thoroughbreds to compete in the stakes that carry a total purse of $1.1 million. Three Quarter Horse and eight Thoroughbred races will lead up to the day’s highlight – the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic. Post time is at 12:30 pm.
Louisiana Champions Day Stakes Races (Louisiana Bred)
  • $50,000 LA CHAMPIONS DAY HANDICAP STAKES 3YOIUP 1 MILE* (T)
  • $100,000 LA CHAMPIONS DAY QH JUVENILE STAKES- GRADE II 2YO 3 50 YARDS
  • $100,000 LA CHAMPIONS DAY QH DERBY- GRADE Ill 3YO 400 YARDS
  • $100,000 LA CHAMPIONS DAY QH CLASSIC -GRADE II 4YO/UP 440 YARDS $100,000 LA CHAMPIONS DAY LADIES TURF 3YO/UP FILLIES & MARES 1 1/16 MILES* (T)
  • $100,000 LA CHAMPIONS DAY JUVENILE 2YO 6 FURLONGS
  • $100,000 LA CHAMPIONS DAY SPRINT 3YOIUP 6 FURLONGS
  • $100,000 LA CHAMPIONS DAY LADIES SPRINT 3YO/UP FILLIES & MARES 6 FURLONGS
  • $100,000 LA CHAMPIONS DAY LASSIE 2YO FILLIES 6 FURLONGS
  • $150,000 LA CHAMPIONS DAY CLASSIC 3YOIUP 1 1/8 MILES
  • $100,000 LA CHAMPIONS DAY TURF 3YO/UP 1 1/16MILES* (T)
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots is the third oldest race track in North America, and has been hosting horse racing events since 1872. Located in the mid-city area of New Orleans, it is warmly referred to as New Orleans Fair Grounds. The race track is conveniently situated about 10 minutes from the Central Business District and French Quarter and 20 minutes from New Orleans International Airport.
In true Louisiana racing tradition, the track offers not only first-class thoroughbred stakes, such as the Louisiana Derby, but also slot betting, making it a winner’s paradise. The track features a dirt oval track with a total circumference of one mile, as well as a seven-furlong turf course. One mile races start and finish at the sixteenth pole to prevent a short run towards the first turn. The distance from the last turn to the finish line measures 1.346 feet.
History of Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots
  • Founded in 1852 as the Union Race Course, the race track was forced to shut after just five years, due to stiff competition from the Metairie Course.
  • In 1859 the track reopened, this time as the ‘Creole Race Course’.
  • It became officially known as Fair Grounds in 1863, with the first race taking place in 1872.
  • Under the gambling regulation of New Orleans, the track was forced to terminate horse racing from 1908 to 1915.
  • Later on, in 1919, disaster struck the race track when a fire destroyed the grandstand.
  • By 1971, Fair Grounds had experienced enough track highlights to open its own ‘Hall of Fame’. William Lee Shoemaker, Marion H. Van Berg and John Letellier were some of the first jockeys and prominent names in horse racing to be inducted alongside thoroughbred champions Tenacious, Tippity Witchet and Monarchist.
  • In 2004,Churchill Downs Incorporated took on ownership of the track and providing new investment for development.
  • Following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina a new grandstand and clubhouse were opened in 1997.
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December Calendar of E vents

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.

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Dec 1

  • Louisiana Champions Day Entry Day

 

Dec 2

  • Clear Creek Stud Stallion Presentation, Folsom, 11:00-4:00 p.m.
  • Richard R. Scherer Memorial Overnight Stakes, New Orleans Fair Grounds

Dec 6

  • Louisiana Horse Stallion Register publishes on LTBA website

 

Dec 8

  • LTBA Board of Directors Meeting, 12:00 Noon, Landry’s Seafood Lakefront, New Orleans

Dec 9

  • 27th Annual Louisiana Champions Day, 8 stakes for Louisiana Bred Thoroughbreds, 3 stakes for Louisiana Bred Quarter Horses $1.1 million in purses. New Orleans Fair Grounds, 1st Post 1:00 p.m.
  • Louisiana Champions Day, Race Central, 12:30 through last race, New Orleans Fair Grounds, Black Gold Room. Lunch is served from 1pm – 3pm.
  • LTBA Scholarship Drawings; two $1,000 scholarships for current college students. (Registration between 11:30 a.m. & 1:00 p.m.Drawings for two scholarships will occur at the winners circle after the 5th race. Must be present at winners circle to win.)

 

Dec 15

  • Anyone with information about Louisiana Breds winning outside of North America, please contact Roger Heitzmann (Roger@louisianabred.com)

 

Dec 16

  • Santa Super Saturday, New Orleans Fair Grounds; Tenacious Stakes, Bonapaw Stakes, Blushing KD Stakes, Buddy Diliberto Stakes, Sugar Bowl Overnight Stake, Letellier Overnight Stakes

 

Dec 25

  • Christmas

 

Dec 26

  • Tiffany Lass Overnight Stake, New Orleans Fair Grounds

 

Dec 29

  • Starlight Racing, New Orleans Fair Grounds, 1st post 5 p.m. Fair Grounds Starlight Racing. Groovy 7 in the Clubhouse & Adam Pearce (The Voice® contestant) in the Miller Time Beer Garden Starlight Tent
  • LTBA  and Fair Grounds Scholarship Drawings; four $1,000 scholarships for current college students. Must be present to win. For Details contact Fair Grounds Race Course.

 

Dec 30

  • New Orleans Fair Grounds Stakes: Woodchopper Stakes, Pago Hop Stakes,

 

Dec 31

  • New Years Eve
  • Louisiana Stallion Registrations Due
  • Louisiana Futurity Nominations Due (pregnant mares)
  • Louisiana Futurity, Divisions for Fillies and for Colts and Geldings, New Orleans Fair Grounds

 

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Two Scholarships Will Be Awarded At Louisiana Champions Day

Two Scholarships Will Be Awarded At Louisiana Champions Day
(New Orleans, La.) – Louisiana Champions Day will take place on Saturday, December 9, at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans, La. The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award a total of two scholarships, each valued at $1,000, during the event.
The requirements for the scholarship are as follows:
·      Must be a college student enrolled full-time for Spring 2018.
·      Must be in good standing with the college or university.
·      Must be present to win at the Winner’s Circle when the announcement is made.
·      Must have college ID and government issued ID.
Louisiana Champions Day Scholarship Registration Schedule:
Registration: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at the designated booth.
Races begin: 12:30 p.m.
Drawing time: The scholarships will be awarded after the fifth race.
The scholarship will be deposited directly into the student’s account at the college or university. The student is asked to know the name and address of the college that they are attending.
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The LTBA Announces Changes to Louisiana Champions Day

The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association Board of Directors and the Fair Grounds Racetrack and Slots have agreed to a couple of changes to the Louisiana Champions Day race card.

The Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Stakes will be moving from the dirt to the turf course. The distance will remain the same at a mile and one sixteenth.

The Louisiana Champions Day Handicap Stakes will now be open to starters that have run for a claiming price of $7,500 or less. Previously the Louisiana Champions Day Handicap Stakes was restricted to horses that have run for a claiming price of $12,500 or less. The distance has been changed to 1 mile on the turf course.

The changes are effective starting with the 2017 running of Louisiana Champions Day to be run at Fair Ground Racetrack in New Orleans, on the second Saturday in December.

Mobile Bay Runs Away With Louisiana Champions Day Classic

Tigertail Ranch’s Mobile Bay entered Saturday’s featured $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic as the lone graded stakes winner in the field and asserted said class in a dominant 4 3/4-length triumph under a heady ride by Diego Saenz. An iron horse, having raced 24 times over the last two seasons, the 17-hand dark bay appeared fresh and strong throughout, tracking defending champ The Pickett Factor in second before moving through an opening on the rail to take control of the race on the far turn. From there, the Victor Arceneaux trainee was all poise, widening his sizable stride and winning margin to the wire. Winner of the Grade II Super Derby and Classic runner-up last year, the son of Lone Star Special completed the 1 1/8-miles event for Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds and upward in 1:51.31.

The victory was part of a stellar day for Irwin Olian’s Tigertail Ranch, which also won the $100,000 Ladies Sprint with Danny Pish-trained Wheatfield and finished second in the $100,000 Turf with Fort Pulaski from four starters.

“After a good break, I was able to put him pretty much where I wanted to,” Saenz said. “He’s a big horse and if he doesn’t break good, he’s not going to run that well. He put me in position and I had time to save all the ground on the second turn and just go for it.”

Setting fractions of 24.82, 49.67 and 1:13.62 under John Jacinto, The Pickett Factor begrudgingly retreated to third for trainer Ralph Irwin and owner Melissa Cantacuzene. Double Dam Farm’s Delmar Caldwell-trained Mageez rallied well under Mitchell Murrill to grab the runner-up spot by a length.

Mobile Bay, who returned $7.40, $4.40 and $3.20 as the 5-2 third choice, won for the ninth time in 24 career starts, adding $90,000 to a career bankroll that now sits at $916,440. Mageez returned $6.20 and $4, while The Pickett Factor returnd $2.80.

“He was a little sharper than we had set out to be, so I just tried to get him settled,” Murrill said. “I had him in a  good spot and he was comfortable. I thought they would come back to me, but the winner kept going.”

“It was a good trip, but this horse has his own way of running,” Jacinto said. “He doesn’t like to be (near the rail), so we lost some ground. I was going so easily on the lead and he tried to come back to the winner, but in the last sixteenth he got tired.”

Finishing last of six in his attempt at a third Classic victory in as many attempts, 3-2 favorite Sunbean disappointed under Richard Eramia for trainer Ron Faucheux and owner Brittlyn Stable.

“He felt good and I was sitting behind the winner (on the backstretch), but he didn’t pick it up,” Eramia said. “He just didn’t have it. He’s such a nice horse to ride, but he didn’t have anything left today.”

The Classic running order was completed by Southern Argument, One King’s Man and the aformentioned Sunbean.

Valene Farms’ Hail to the Nile was courageous in victory in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Turf, fending off a stiff two-pronged challenge in mid-stretch to post a three-quarter-length tally. Piloted by Francisco Torres, the local grass lover won his fifth race from 11 tries over the Stall-Wilson turf course.

The Sturges Ducoing-trained son of Pioneerof the Nile broke from the outside post six and dictated fractions of 24.63, 49.66 and 1:13.48 before being headed by Tigertail Ranch’s sophomore Fort Pulaski, under Florent Geroux, at the top of the lane. Determined, the bay repelled said Danny Pish trainee and also held off a stiff challenge from Charles C. Smith’s three-time Turf winner and 8-year-old local fan favorite String King, who finished another half-length astern Fort Pulaski in third under James Graham. The final time for the 1 1/16-miles event for 3-year-olds and upward Louisiana-breds was 1:43.88,

“He’s the kind of horse you rate and we took control of the pace,” Torres said. “Of course, you’re going to get pressure when you’re going easy fractions. He did it effortlessly and I asked him to kick it in (at the top of the stretch) and he did. We had a little something left in the tank.”

Sent to post as the 9-2 co-fourth-choice, Hail to the Nile paid $11.20, $6.40 and $3.60, while adding $60,000 to a career bankroll that now sits at $246,161. The win was his second in added-money company this year at the New Orleans oval, having acquired the $60,000 Dixie Poker Ace on Feb. 27, and sixth in the 5-year-old gelding’s 31-race career. Fort Pulaski returned $4.40 and $2.60, while String King returned $2.40 as the slight 2-1 favorite.

“I was in a great spot and thought I had him,” Geroux said. “I went to go by him at the quarter pole, but at the eighth-pole he came back on me.”

“I had a beautiful trip,” Graham added. “When I tipped him out, I had all the racetrack in front of me. He just didn’t have it.”

The Turf field was completed by Let Us Be Glad, defending champion Hot Zapper and local prep winner Benwill.

After falling short as the favorite in the local prep, Maggi Moss’ Big World ($4.20, $2.80 and $2.20) rebounded with a game effort to score in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies. A clean break under Florent Geroux set the 3-year-old daughter of Custom for Carlos up for a perfect pressing trip behind fractions of 24.15, 47.63 and 1:12.48 before assuming command at the top of the lane. The Tom Amoss trainee then turned away a late challenge from Set-Hut LLC’s Jerry Delhomme-trained Forest Lake ($5.80 and $2.60) under Hector Santiago to post a neck win in 1:45.08 for the 1 1/16-miles trip. Keith Plaisance’s defending champion Pacific Pink ($2.40) was another five lengths back in third under Robby Albarado for trainer Eddie Johnston.

“It was going great,” Geroux said. “She broke very sharply from the gate and from there I just tried to nurse her around and get her to relax.”

The win was Big World’s fourth in eight career starts, and the $60,000 winner’s share boosted her career bankroll to $318,600.

Heatseeker Sharon, Seaside Candy and Kinky Vow completed the order of finish.

Breeder-owner-trainer Dallas Stewart’s Saint’s Fan ($3, $2.40 and $2.10) justified his 1-2 favoritism with a sharp two-length score in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile. The son of Tale of Ekati remained unbeaten in two starts under Brian Hernandez, Jr. after a sharp score against open maidens at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4. Placed in the outer paths while rated off splits of 22.17 and 45.74, Saint’s Fan commenced a relentless rally nearing the top of the stretch and eventually collared Rodney Verret’s Allen Landry-trained Laughingsaintssong under Florent Geroux ($6.40 and $4.20) in the final eighth of a mile to stop the clock in 1:10.74 for six furlongs. It was another 2½ lengths back to Jeff Drown and Gary Scherer’s Jack Snipe’s ($2.80) in third.

“We were a bit wide from the outside post, but we knew we had the best horse so I rode him like he was the best horse,” Hernandez, Jr. said. “I don’t think you’ve seen the best of him yet.”

Saint’s Fan earned $60,000 to boost his bankroll to $92,700.

Philly, Street Honor, Imindycatbirdseat, Just Due, Stormin Afleet and Run Away Ralph completed the running order.

Robbins Family Racing’s My Friend Flavin ($32.60, $10.80 and $7) returned to Louisiana-bred company for his first start since July and turned in a resolute rally to post a three-quarter-length win in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint. Trained by Leo Gabriel, Jr., the 4-year-old son of Forestry settled midpack under Robby Albarado behind splits of 21.71 and 45.19 set by Just Kissing Buck and Greeley’s Wish before wearing down Dare to Dream Stable’s Mike Stidham-trained 6-5 favorite Jockamo’s Song ($3.20 and $2.80), who led into deep stretch under Florent Geroux, in a final time of 1:10.60. It was three lengths further back to Suzette Necaise’s Eduardo Ramirez-trained Just Kissing Buck ($4.60) under Diego Saenz.

“I had a great trip,” Albarado said. “He broke exceptionally well and I sat right in between the two flights with no traffic trouble.”

The Sprint was the first stakes win and fourth overall from 13 lifetime starts for My Friend Flavin, who earned $60,000 to boost his bankroll to $164,202.

Nubin Ridge, Grande Basin, Greeley’s Wish, C U Tiger, Chattanoogan, John’s Luck, Zendelphian, Too Dim and Smoothmoney completed the running order.

Tigertail Ranch’s Wheatfield ($11.80, $5 and $3.20) returned to Louisiana-bred company for the first time in four starts and powered home a winner in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint. Ridden by Diego Saenz for trainer Danny Pish, Wheatfield tracked from the outside through splits of 21.85 and 45.28 before easily powering home clear by 3¾ lengths in 1:09.89 for six furlongs. Keith Plaisance’s Eddie Johnston-trained Sunny Oak ($5.40 and $3.40) battled for the early lead with Conquest Tiz One after a sharp break under Miguel Mena, went clear into the stretch, but could not repel the winner’s challenge. It was another 2¾ lengths back to Steve Landers Racing’s 9-5 favorite Illussion Artist ($2.80), who finished third under Robby Albarado for trainer Brad Cox.

“I was trying not to get stopped at any part of the race, so I kept her out so I could move any time I had to,” Saenz said.

Wheatfield, a 4-year-old daughter of Lone Star Special, won for the sixth time in 15 lifetime starts and earned $60,000 for the win, building her career bankroll to $264,754

Ramona’s Wildcat, Look Into My Eyes, Conquest Tiz One, Teelfa, Discreetly Grand, Aunt Nellie, Jet Black Magic, Fancy Madelyn and Platinum Lady completed the running order. Wind Chill Factor was scratched.

Troy Collins’ Ivana’s Wish ($41.60, $13.60 and $8.40) found the front with ease and was never headed en route to a 1½-length upset win in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Lassie. Ridden by Florent Geroux through splits of 21.91 and 45.51, the juvenile daughter of Custom for Carlos completed the six-furlong trip in 1:11.89 for trainer Allen Landry. The win was her second in four career starts and the $60,000 winner’s purse elevated her career bankroll to $80,100.

“It worked out good,” Geroux said. “The trainer told me that last time she broke a bit flat footed and made a middle move and it was not the best setup for her. She broke very sharply and I was able to take the lead pretty easily.”

Marble Farms LLC’s Our Millie ($3.40 and $2.60) tracked the pace under Alexander Castillo but could not reach the winner for trainer Joseph Foster, with Bobby Salome’s Charles Hukill-trained Chases Dixie Belle ($3.80) another length back in third under Colby Hernandez.

Moonlightnmidnight, P Boo, Jazz Lady, Naughty Little Nun and Alyssa Rocks completed the running order.

Maggi Moss’ Watch My Smoke ($8.20, $3.20 and $2.80) settled outside and just off the speed before confronting the leaders turning for home en route to a 3½-length tally in the $50,000 Louisiana Champions Day Starter Stakes, winning said event for the second year in a row. Ridden by Florent Geroux for trainer Tom Amoss, the 8-year-old son of Leestown exited an easy win against $25,000 claiming company at Indiana Grand. After tracking the early splits of 23.99, 47.64 and 1:12.73, the big gray edged clear to complete the 1 mile and 70 yards in 1:43.64. The $30,000 winner’s share boosted his career earnings to $441,725 in his 14th win from 51 career starts. Gillian and owner-trainer Kirk Harris’ Sir Genghis ($2.40 and $2.10), sent to post as the 3-5 favorite, set the early tempo under Colby Hernandez but could not hold off Watch My Smoke’s challenge while finishing 3¼ lengths clear of End Zone Athletics’ Karl Broberg trained Heavy On Themister ($2.40) under Robby Albarado.

Rocketringo, Bluegrass Punch and Rock N Sake completed the order of finish.

2016 LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY RESULTS

LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY CLASSIC S.

Fair Grounds, 12/10, $150,000, 3yo/up, 9f (dirt), 1:51.31, track fast.

MOBILE BAY
124, dk b/br c, 4

Lone Star Special–Tranquility Bay, by Out of Place

O–Tigertail Ranch, B–Tigertail Ranch, T– Victor Arceneaux, J–Diego Saenz

 

2–Mageez, 117, b c, 3

Musket Man–Spaseeba, by Spectacular Bid

O–Double Dam Farm LLC, B–James A. Mcgehee Jr., T–Delmar R. Caldwell, J–Mitchell Murrill

 

3–The Pickett Factor, 124, dk b/br g, 4

Gold Tribute–Dynaspice, by Dynaformer

O–Melissa Cantacuzene, B–E. O. Pickett, T–Ralph R. Irwin, J–John Jacinto

 

Margins: 4 3⁄4, 1, 1 1⁄4. Others: Southern Argument, One King’s Man, Sunbean.

 

LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY JUVENILE S.

Fair Grounds, 12/10, $100,000, 2yo, 6f (dirt), 1:10.74, track fast.

SAINT’S FAN
122, ch c, 2

Tale of Ekati–Boy Crazy, by Sky Mesa

O–Dallas Stewart, B–Dallas Stewart, T– Dallas Stewart, J–Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.

 

2–Laughingsaintssong, 122, b g, 2

Songandaprayer–Laughing Saint, by Vindication

O–Rodney J. Verret, B–J. E. Jumonville Jr. & Bunny Jumonville, T–Allen Landry, J–Florent Geroux

 

3–Jack Snipe’s, 122, b g, 2

Half Ours–Rhodelia, by Silver Deputy

O–Drown, Jeff and Scherer, Gary M., B–Clear Creek Stud Llc, T–Gary M. Scherer, J– Donnie J. Meche

 

Margins: 2, 21⁄2, 51⁄4. Others: Philly, Street Honor, Imindycatbirdseat, Just Due, Stormin Afleet, Run Away

 

 

LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY LADIES S.

Fair Grounds, 12/10, $100,000, 3yo/up, f/m, 8.5f (dirt), 1:45.08, track fast.

BIG WORLD
115, b f, 3

Custom for Carlos–Tensas Wedding Joy, by Broken Vow

O–Maggi Moss, B–Curt Leake & Elm Tree Farm , LLC, T–Thomas M. Amoss, J–Flo- rent Geroux

 

2–Forest Lake, 118, b f, 4

Forestry–Oval, by Kris S.

O–Set-Hut LLC, B–Jake Delhomme & Set-Hut, LLC, T–Jerry Delhomme, J–Hector M. Santiago

 

3–Pacific Pink, 118, dk b/br f, 4

Private Vow–Truly Romantic, by Robyn Dancer O–Keith Plaisance, B–Brandon Adcock, T–Edward J. Johnston, J–Robby Albarado

 

Margins: neck, 5, 111⁄2. Others: Heatseeker Sharon, Seaside Candy, Kinky Vow.

 

 

LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY LADIES SPRINT S.

Fair Grounds, 12/10, $100,000, 3yo/up, f/m, 6f (dirt), 1:09.89, track fast.

WHEATFIELD
120, dk b/br f, 4

Lone Star Special–Thistle Bear, by Gators N Bears

O–Tigertail Ranch, B–Tigertail Ranch, T– Danny Pish, J–Diego Saenz

 

2–Sunny Oak, 118, ch f, 3.

Giant Oak–Heckuva Time, by Gilded Time

O–Keith Plaisance, B–Jeff Wahman & Darlene Wahman, T–Edward J. Johnston, J–Miguel Mena

 

3–Illussion Artist, 117, dk b/br f, 3

Drosselmeyer–Art of Illusion, by Forest Wildcat

O–Steve Landers Racing LLC, B–4 M Ranch, T–Brad H. Cox, J–Robby Albarado

 

Margins: 3 3⁄4, 2 3⁄4, 2 1⁄4. Others: Ramona’s Wildcat, Look Into My Eyes, Conquest Tiz One, Teelfa, Discreetly Grand, Aunt Nellie, Jet Black Magic, Fancy Madelyn, Platinum Lady. Scratched: Wind Chill Factor.

 

 

LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY LASSIE S.

Fair Grounds, 12/10, $100,000, 2yo, f, 6f (dirt), 1:11.89, track fast.

IVANA’S WISH
122, ch f, 2

Custom for Carlos–Stellar Vision, by Pollard’s Vision

O–Troy Collins, B–BCS Thoroughbreds LLC, T–Allen Landry, J–Florent Geroux

 

2–Our Millie, 122, dk b/br f, 2

Half Ours–Magic Madam, by You and I

O–Marble Farms LLC, B–Barbara V. Rowell, T–Joseph M. Foster, J–Alexander Castillo

 

3–Chases Dixie Belle, 122, b f, 2……… $11,000

My Pal Charlie–Theheartofdixie, by Crafty Prospector

O–Bobby Salome, B–Michael Villar & Cynthia Villar, T–Charles P. Hukill, J–Colby J. Hernandez

 

Margins: 11⁄2, 1, 3⁄4. Others: Moonlightnmidnight, P Boo, Jazz Lady, Naughty Little Nun, Alyssa Rocks.

 

 

LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY SPRINT S.

Fair Grounds, 12/10, $100,000, 3yo/up, 6f (dirt), 1:10.60, track fast.

MY FRIEND FLAVIN
118, b g, 4

Forestry–Geiger Geisha, by Geiger Counter

O–Robbins Family Racing, B–Kara Gael Baggett & Val C. Murrell, T–Leo G. Gabriel, Jr., J–Robby Albarado

 

2–Jockamo’s Song, 118, gr/ro g, 4

Half Ours–Miss Clairnette, by Trophy Hunter

O–Dare to Dream Stable LLC (Michael Faber), B–Debbie Allen & David Allen, T–Michael Stidham, J–Florent Geroux

 

3–Just Kissing Buck, 120, b g, 4

Limehouse–Just Kissing, by Kissin Kris

O–Suzette Necaise, B–Forrest Lanning,

Kelly Turner & Tresa Snow, T–Eduardo Ramirez, J–Diego Saenz

 

Margins: 3⁄4, 3, neck. Others: Nubin Ridge, Grande Basin, Greeley’s Wish, C U Tiger, Chat-tanoogan, John’s Luck, Zendelphian, Too Dim, Smooth- money. Scratched: Hitheredarling.

 

 

LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY TURF S.

Fair Grounds, 12/10, $100,000, 3yo/up, a8.5f (turf), 1:43.88, course firm.

HAIL TO THE NILE
122, b g, 5

Pioneerof the Nile–Takeaway, by Fly So Free

O–Valene Farms, B–Warren J. Harang III, T–Sturges J. Ducoing, J–Francisco C. Torres

 

2–Fort Pulaski, 115, ch c, 3

Any Given Saturday–Jazznwithcandy, by Jambalaya Jazz

O–Tigertail Ranch, B–Tigertail Ranch, T– Danny Pish, J–Florent Geroux

 

3–String King, 122, b g, 8

Crowned King–String Dancer, by Fly a Kite (IRE)

O–Charles Craig Smith, B–Charlie Smith, T–Charles Craig Smith, J–James Graham

 

Margins: 3⁄4, 1⁄2, 1. Others: Let Us Be Glad, Hot Zapper, Benwill.

 

 

LOUISIANA CHAMPIONS DAY STARTER S.

Fair Grounds, 12/10, $50,000, 3yo/up, 1Mi 70 yds, 1:43.63, track fast

WATCH MY SMOKE
121, g/ro g, 8

Leestown – Starlight Wishes by Carson City

O–Maggi Moss, B–J. Adcock, T–Tom Amoss, J–Florent Geroux

 

2–Sir Ghengis, 122, dkbb g, 5

Tale of the Cat-Staria, bty Unbridled’s Song

O–Harris, Gillian and Kirk L., B–Randel Stutes, T– Kirk Harris,  J–C. J. Hernandez

 

3–Heavy On Themister, 118, ch g, 8

Lion Tamer-Twinwinwin, by Twining

O–End Zone Athletics, Inc., B–T. J. Dickey & Rebecca Farm, T–James E. Hodges, J–R Albarado

 

Margins: 3 1/2, 3 1/4, 2. Others: Rocketringo, Bluegrass Punch, Rock N Sake.

Former NFL QB Jake Delhomme passionate for horse racing. Has two horses running Louisiana Champions Day

That Jake Delhomme’s stable, Set-Hut, has two horses running on Louisiana Champions Day certainly was not lost on others.

Champions Day is a celebration of Louisiana-bred horse racing, of which Delhomme is a staunch advocate. Delhomme, a former backup quarterback with the Saints for six seasons, is involved in horse racing as an owner and on at least two levels concerning breeding, and he also has his hands in training.

His filly, Forest Lake, is the No. 5 horse in the Champions Day Ladies race, one of nine with a $100,000 purse, not including the $150,000 Classic. Another Set-Hut filly, P Boo — which is owned by Delhomme’s father, Jerry — will run in the Lassie.

“The most important thing about Jake is he’s really focused on the Louisiana-bred program,” said Fair Grounds senior director of racing Jason Boulet, who grew up less than a mile from Delhomme in Breaux Bridge. “I’m very happy for him and proud that his horses are running on Champions Day because he’s bred nice horses and bought nice Louisiana breds. So, it’s only right he gets to shine on one of those days, because he really deserves it.”

Delhomme also has been involved in the buying and selling of young horses in Kentucky. However, his horses are bred in Louisiana and run exclusively here. It’s part of his hands-on approach that touches nearly every aspect, he said.

“I just love being at the barn every single day, dealing with the horses,” he said. “It’s great when you have success as an owner, but there’s just something about being there in the morning with them, and when we’re running them to travel with them and be in the backstretch with them.

“We do it all, which for me is the most rewarding thing in the world.”

That is a big part of why Delhomme is excited about Forest Lake. The filly, now 4, was born behind Delhomme’s house. He said their operation trains only about six horses at a time.

He said Forest Lake, which may turn out to be the best horse he’s had, may have a chance in the Ladies. She finished second in the Si Cima Overnight Stakes at the Fair Grounds on Nov. 20, a race won by Seaside Candy, tained by Al Stall. Forest Lake has 4-1 odds in a race that also has Seaside Candy (5-2), Big World, the 2-1 favorite trained by Tom Amoss, and Pacific Pink (3-1).

“It would be fantastic to win (the Ladies),” he said. “(Forest Lake) had given good account of herself every time she runs, for the most part. She’s going to need to bring out her best race Saturday. It’s a tough one.”

Delhomme said he really enjoys breeding because he’s a big believer in numbers, statistics and probabilities. This year, he was selected by the national Thoroughbred Owners & Breeders Association as its Breeder of the Year in Louisiana.

He he has worked diligently through the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association in an effort to help the state’s horse-breeding industry stay competitive, he said, mainly with New York, Florida and California, after the gold standard, Kentucky.

“We’re in challenging times right now, certainly with the economy, the way it has been and in particular with the oil field,” said Delhomme, who is on the LTBA board of directors and is past president of the organization and a current vice president. “The biggest thing for us as the breeders’ organization is that the foal numbers have dwindled down in our state. We were able to combine two sales companies and have one unified sale, and that looked to be a success.”

Stall said Delhomme has been invaluable for the state’s equine industry, starting with investing his money and time.

“The main thing is, he’s got passion for it,” Stall said. “If you love what you’re doing, you have a tendency to do right things.

“Jake definitely loves horse raising and loves Louisiana breds, and he’s a good ambassador for us.”

Delhomme is a third-generation horseman whose grandfather, Sanders Delhomme, is a legend in Acadiana bush-track and match racing. For him, much of growing up was going to school, playing sports and shoveling manure out of the barns, he said, chuckling.

So after the end of a 15-year NFL career in which he took Carolina to its first Super Bowl after the 2003 season, his first with the team, Delhomme knew what he wanted to do.

“My wife and I are both from Lafayette (area),” he said, “so, there was the lure of family. And, there’s no horse racing in Charlotte, North Carolina. I enjoy working with my brother (trainer Jeff) and dad.”

Delhomme played six years with the Saints — three under coach Mike Ditka and three under Jim Haslett.

“I enjoyed some good times,” he said. “The first time the Saints ever won the division, the first playoff win ever.

“Then, I went to Carolina (in the same division), and I had to hate everything about the Saints, along with Atlanta and Tampa Bay. It was my job.”