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Friday Notes: Lisa Perrodin to Attend Monday's Fair Grounds Hall of Fame Ceremony

NEW ORLEANS (Friday, March 01, 2013) – What honor will jockey E. J. Perrodin, owner Ray Salmen and Louisiana's all-time money-winning Thoroughbred Star Guitar share shortly?


All three prominent Louisianans will be inducted into the Fair Grounds Hall of Fame Monday evening during a reception being held from 5-7 p.m. in the Black Gold Room at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.


However, surely one of the most honored guests at the ceremony will be Lisa Perrodin, widow of the popular jockey known affectionately as “Tee-Joe” up until the time he succumbed to brain cancer in 2012. Perrodin will always be remembered on the short list of the most revered riders to ever grace the Crescent City oval’s jockey’s quarters.


“I’m really looking forward to our trip up there to see all of you,” said Lisa Perrodin, speaking over the phone Friday afternoon. “We are humbled that Fair Grounds is remembering my husband with such an honor at this time. Fair Grounds was always our favorite race track.”


Before his death last year at 55 years of age, Perrodin, a native of Rayne, Louisiana, won 3,083 with earnings of $41,402,415 in a 37-year career from 1975 to 2012. He also won more that 200 stakes races, including 56 at Fair Grounds, which is believed to be the track record.


The Perrodins’ son Devin, 9, who is autistic, will accompany his mother to the Hall of Fame ceremony.


“He told me the other day that he didn’t want to go if it was going to be a memorial service,” said Mrs. Perrodin. “He said, ‘No Momma, no crying,’ but I told him there would be no ‘sorrys,’ and that this ceremony would be about all the things his Dad achieved in his career. I told him, ‘If there’s any crying, they will be tears of joy.’ Now that I explained it to him that way, he can’t wait to wear his suit and tie.”


“He has his good days and his bad days,” said Mrs. Perrodin, speaking of her son’s coping mechanism for his grief. “Sometimes, he tells me he’s afraid he’s going to lose me, too.


“I told him, ‘I’m not going anywhere,’” Mrs. Perrodin concluded. “I told him, ‘God has a plan for all of us and that includes both of us.’ I told him, ‘I’m going to be around to take care of you for a long time, and when we are at that ceremony Monday night, don’t be surprised if you don’t get a special feeling that your Dad is there with us and looking down at us,’ and you know what, I  really believe that is going to happen.” 


TRAINER MALCOLM PIERCE LOOKING FORWARD TO SATURDAY’S TWO STAKES – Canadian-born trainer Malcolm Pierce has wintered at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots for a number of years but is eagerly anticipating both Saturday’s $75,000 Black Gold Stakes as well as the $75,000 Allen LaCombe Memorial, both slated for the Stall-Wilson Turf Course.


“I hope to have a lot of live horses in on Saturday,” said Pierce during training hours Friday morning, “but I’m especially looking forward to those two stakes. Jason (Boulet, Fair Grounds racing secretary) assures me that at least the two stakes will remain on the grass. Mrs. (Josephine) Abercombie (owner of Pin Oak Stable’s LaCombe Memorial entrant Overheard) is flying in for her race and I don’t want her to be disappointed.”


In addition to Overheard, 5-1 in the morning line for the LaCombe, Pierce has entered Michael James Ambler’s Tonight We Dance at 12-1 in that same race for 3-year-old fillies, while in the Black Gold, open to all sophomores, Pierce will saddle Sam-Son Farms’ 2-1 early choice Up With the Birds, winner of Woodbine’s $250,000 Coronation Futurity last fall.


LONGTIME FAIR GROUNDS TRAINER BILL RESSEGUET JR DIES – Word has been received of the death of longtime Fair Grounds trainer and native New Orleanian Bill Resseguet Jr. earlier this week in New Orleans.


Mr. Resseguet is mostly remembered for saddling Thomas Pritchard’s Our Native to run third behind Meadow Stables’ Secretariat and Sigmund Sommer’s Shamin the 1973 Kentucky Derby, but among his stakes victories at the local oval was Benny Weiner’s Orleans Doge in the 1962 Louisiana Handicap.


Mr. Resseguet was listed as the co-owner of both Our Native and Orleans Doge.