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Untapable Named Horse of the Meet for 142nd Thoroughbred Racing Season

Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Untapable, 7 ¾-length heroine of Saturday’s 48th running of the prestigious Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks and 9 ½-length winner of the Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes before that, has been named Horse of the Meeting for the 142nd season at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.  The bay daughter of Tapit becomes the first female horse to win the honor since Hallowed Dreams was accorded that title during the 2000-2001 season at the Crescent City oval.

Untapable’s next assignment is expected to come in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 2.

Five of the last nine Fair Grounds Oaks winners have parlayed their local victories to others in that same 3-year-old filly fixture at Louisville’s famous Twin Spires oval.

Untapable, who was also unanimously named 3-Year-Old Filly of the New Orleans season, is trained by Steve Asmussen.

Horse of the Meet and divisional honors were determined by a vote of media and racing officials at Fair Grounds.

 VICAR’S IN TROUBLE UNANIMOUSLY NAMED BEST 3-YEAR-OLD MALE—Ken and Sarah Ramsey’s Vicar’s in Trouble, winner of Saturday’s 101st running of the $1 million Louisiana Derby, was unanimously voted 3-Year-Old Male Horse honors. The Mike Maker-conditioned sophomore also won the Grade III Lecomte Stakes here Jan. 19 and finished third in the Grade II Risen Star Stakes Feb. 22 despite being handicapped by an outside post position. 

Vicar’s in Trouble is expected to make his next start in the Kentucky Derby May 3 at Churchill Downs.

PALACE MALICE UNANIMOUSLY VOTED BEST OLDER HORSE HONORS —Dogwood Stable’s Palace Malice, who won Saturday Grade II New Orleans Handicap by 4 ¾-lengths at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, was unanimously named Best Older Horse of the meeting. The son of Curlin, who remains undefeated as a 4-year-old, is trained by Todd Pletcher and is also nationally remembered for his victory in last year’s Belmont Stakes.

CLASS INCLUDED UNANIMOUSLY NAMED BEST OLDER FEMALE HORSE—Brittlyn Stable’s  Class Included, winner of the $60,000 Bayou Handicap here five weeks ago as well as the $60,000 Blushing K D Handicap in December, was unanimously voted Best Older Female Horse based on those two local stakes scores.  The 6-year-old mare is trained by Ron Faucheux.

SKYRING ELECTED TOP TURF HORSE OF THE 2013-2014 MEETING—Calumet Farm’s Skyring, who won Saturday’s Grade II Mervin Muniz Memorial Handicap over the Stall-Wilson turf course at Fair Grounds and finished second by a nose in the Grade III Fair Grounds Handicap five weeks ago, was elected Top Turf Horse of the local season.  Skyring is conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas.

HEITAI SELECTED TOP SPRINTER OF THE SEASON-- Rowell Enterprises’ Heitai was selected as Top Sprinter of the Fair Grounds season based on his victory over Maggi Moss’s Delaunay in the $100,000 Duncan Kenner Stakes here March 8.  Delaunay won top sprinter honors last season and was also named Horse of the 141st Meeting. Trained by Karl Broberg, Heitai also won the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint here as well as the $60,000 Costa Rising Stakes.

SUNBEAN UNANIMOUSLY NAMED BEST OLDER LOUISIANA-BRED—Brittlyn Stable’s Sunbean, who won this season’s $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic and $60,000 Star Guitar Stakes, and also finished third in Saturday’s Grade II New Orleans Handicap, was named Best Older Louisiana-bred of the meeting.  He is trained by Ron Faucheux.

ARTIST CRY ACCORDED BEST LOUISIANA-BRED 3-YEAR-OLD HONORS—Danny Brown and Wes Hawley’s Artist Cry, winner of the restricted $60,000 Sarah Lane’s Oates Stakes but also fifth in Saturday’s Grade II Fair Grounds Oaks, was named Best Louisiana-bred 3-Year-Old of the meeting.  Wes Hawley is the trainer.

LUCKY RAVE ELECTED CLAIMER OF THE MEET—Ron Faucheux and Tom Arnaud’s British-bred Lucky Rave was elected Best Claimer of the Meeting based on his four victories at the local oval as well as his third-place finish in his last start when only beaten a half-length for the win.