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Napravnik, Asmussen, Moss Repeat as Meet Leaders
Familiar names again topped the standings at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, as Rosie Napravnik, Steve Asmussen, and Maggi Moss repeated their respective titles as leading jockey, trainer, and owner at the 142nd thoroughbred race meet.
Napravniknotched her fourth consecutive riding title, besting runner-up James Graham for the third consecutive season, concluding the season with 114 wins. On March 13 aboard Pistolpackinsenora, she ensured herself another 100-win season after bagging 125 wins in the 2012-2013 season, 111 with her 2011-2012 title, and 110 in 2010-2011. Napravnik joins Ronald Ardoin (1992-1993 through 1995-1996) and Shane Romero (1987-1988 through 1991-1992) as the only riders with at least four consecutive Fair Grounds riding titles since 1960.
Napravnik rode multiple stakes winners over the course of the meet and ruled in the biggest races for 3-year-olds at the stand, guiding Vicar’s in Trouble to wins in the Grade II Louisiana Derby and the Grade III Lecomte as well as piloting Untapable to wins in the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks and the Grade III Rachel Alexandra
Asmussen, who tied for leading trainer honors last season with Tom Amoss, ended the season atop the Fair Grounds trainer standings for the 13th time in his career with 60 wins. Asmussen has led the trainer race throughout nearly the entire meet and remained well clear of Amoss who finished the season as the runner-up.
Asmussen’s meet was highlighted by the commanding performances of sophomore filly Untapable in the Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks and Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes.
Moss tallied her fourth straight title as leading owner after tying with Asmussen at 18 wins last season, landing 21 wins at the meet, including the Battle of New Orleans Stakes with Kiss to Remember. Moss also campaigned the meet’s only five-time winner, Phat Day.