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Barn Notes: Friday, December 13
IN TODAY'S NOTES: THE GRASS IS GREENER FOR HUD'S REBELLION; TWO UNDEFEATED 2-YEAR-OLDS TO MATCH STRIDES IN SATURDAY'S LCD JUVENILE; LADYZARBRIDGE: ONCE! TWICE! THREE TIMES - A LCD LADIES WINNER?; ADDITIONAL 50-CENT PICK-4 AVAILABLE SATURDAY ON RACES 7-10
It’s not much of a surprise, but trainer Andy Leggio Jr. revealed Friday morning that Glen Warren’s Hud’s Rebellion will run in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Turf during Saturday’s Louisiana Champions Day at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Hud’s Rebellion was cross-entered in Saturday’s Turf and Saturday’s $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic on Wednesday but earlier in the week had said that he was going to choose whichever race came up easier after entries were drawn.
“I’m going to keep him on the grass,” said Leggio, referring to Hud’s Rebellion’s last race where the 4-year-old colt was second by two lengths to Charles Craig Smith’s String King in the $100,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic at Louisiana Downs Aug. 17.
String King has won the last two LCD Turfs over Fair Grounds’ Stall-Wilson turf course, but trainer Charlie Smith is going to run String King in Saturday’s Classic.
“(The Turf) may not stay on the grass anyway,” said Leggio. “There’s supposed to be a 70 percent chance of rain on Saturday.”
Leggio will run Skip the Pinot in the Classic, a sophomore gelding he co-owns with Warren.
TWO UNDEFEATED 2-YEAR-OLDS TO MATCH STRIDES IN SATURDAY’S LCD JUVENILE—One colt and one gelding who have never been defeated will meet for the first time in Saturday’s $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile during Louisiana Champions Day at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.
Coteau Grove Farms’ Coteau Rouge, a colt who galloped home 4 ½-lengths clear in allowance company at Fair Grounds Nov. 24 and previously broke his maiden at Delta, will meet Henry Ray Dunn’s Ide Be Cool, a gelding who won Delta’s $150,000 Louisiana Legacy Nov. 23 for his third win in three lifetime starts.
Coteau Rouge is trained by Pat Devereux and is a half-brother to Coteau Grove Farms’ Little Ms Protocol, who will start in Saturday’s $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies for Devereux, as was that same ownership’s Harlie’s Dreams, heroine of last year’s $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint as well as the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies two years ago.
In the Juvenile Diego Saenz gets the mount on Coteau Rouge while Chris Rosier is slated for the saddle on Ide Be Cool.
LADYZARBRIDGE: ONCE! – TWICE! – THREE TIMES A LCD LADIES WINNER?—Charles Zacney and E. J. Johnston’s Ladyzarbridge is the reigning queen entering Saturday’s $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots and she also won the 2010 edition of that 1 1/16-mile test for fillies and mares. What happened in 2011?
“She had a foot issue that year that took some time to get rid of,” said conditoner Eddie Johnston during training hours Friday morning. Johnston is also the co-owner of the 6-year-old mare. “She also has a hard time in hot weather.
“However, lately (Ladyzarbridge) has been training real good,” said Johnston. “I hope she runs to her potential. I hope she can do it again. Three’s the charm.”
Among others seeking second winning efforts on Louisiana Champions Day include Dale Ladner’s Sittin At the Bar, winner of last year’s $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Lassie and a contestant in Saturday’s LCD Ladies Sprint; Robbie Norman’s Hero Force, winner of last year’s LCD Juvenile and an entrant in Saturday’s $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint: Northpointe Thoroughbreds’ Amanecer de Oro, winner of the 2011 LCD Sprint and entered once again in that same test Saturday; Robert Orth and Wesley Hawley’s Get in Da House, winner of the 2011 $50,000 Louisiana Champions Day Starter Handicap and entered in Saturday’s Classic; Douglas Traylor’s Rocky Mountain Fly, winner of last year’s $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Quarter Horse Derby and a contestant in Saturday’s $100,000 Louisiana Champion Day Quarter Horse Classic; and of course Charles Craig Smith’s String King, hero of the last two $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Turfs and a contestant in Saturday’s $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic.
ADDITIONAL 50-CENT PICK-4 AVAILABLE SATURDAY ON RACES 7-10—Guests of Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots and simulcast fans around the nation are reminded that an additional 50-cent Pick-4 will be available on races 7-10 Saturday as part of the 13-race expanded Louisiana Champions Day card with its special early post time of 12:30 p.m.