Fair Grounds Hosts 19th Louisiana Champions Day Saturday
Brittlyn Stable’s Star Guitar and Jac Mac Stable’s Superior Storm will each be going for their third wins on a Louisiana Champions Day program at Fair Grounds this Saturday – and if both are successful they will join Dixie Poker Ace and Mr. Sulu as the only horses to win three times in the 19-year history of the local program restricted to accredited Louisiana-breds.
Louisiana Champions Day is a betting bonanza, with 126 horses entered for 12 races, 11 of which are stakes worth $1.1 million for the top Louisiana-breds in training. First post is 12:30 p.m. CST.
The featured race, the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic, is Race 11 at 5:25 p.m. CST. Other Champions Day stakes that will impact year-end divisional honors: the $100,000 Ladies for fillies and mares (Race 6), the $100,000 Juvenile for 3-year-old colts and geldings (Race 7), the $100,000 Lassie for 2-year-old fillies (Race 8), the $100,000 Turf (Race 9), the $100,000 Ladies Sprint (Race 10) and the $100,000 Sprint (Race 12).
Three $100,000 stakes for American Quarter Horses start the day. The first Thoroughbred stakes of the afternoon, the $50,000 Starter Handicap, is the fifth race at 2:26 p.m. CST. An excellent all-stakes Pick Four on the last four races—the Turf, the Ladies Sprint, the Classic and the Sprint—begins on Race 9 at 4:25 p.m. CST.
Star Guitar won the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile in 2007 and the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint last year, but heads the field as the 3-5 morning line choice in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic as the centerpiece event on Saturday’s 12-race program at Fair Grounds.
Superior Storm won the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Lassie in 2007 and the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies last year, and is 4-5 in Saturday’s morning line to win that filly and mare test for the second straight season.
However, Star Guitar and Superior Storm are not the only former Louisiana Champions Day winners slated for local action at the Crescent City oval Saturday
GAL Racing Stable’s Wildrally, who won the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Turf last year, will be trying to defend that title Saturday, but is 8-1 in the morning line behind 2-1 Turf favorite Desert Wheat, who won the 2006 renewal, finished second by a neck to Wildrally last year and was fourth in the same race in 2007.
Maggi Moss’s Mr. Porter won the $50,000 Louisiana Champions Day Handicap Stakes in 2008 but goes for a second title at 8-1 in the morning line for the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint this weekend.
And Tommy Bass’s Ab Hope for Cash, winner of the 2008 Louisiana Champions Day Quarter Horse Derby, tries for a second title in the Louisiana Derby Quarter Horse Classic at Fair Grounds in 2009.
In additional story lines, the Merrill Scherer-trained entry of Red Rally and Devilish Due is the 7-5 choice in Saturday’s $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile, Red Oak Farm’s Shesacrazygirl is the 7-2 favorite in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Lassie and Foxwood Plantation’s Foreign Production, second in the 2008 Classic, gets a chance to make amends for that defeat this weekend.
LTBA to Award 10 Scholarships Worth $1,000 Each on Louisiana Champions Day
The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award 10 scholarships each valued at $1,000 during the races on Louisiana Champions Day at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. College students are invited to Louisiana Champions Day to register to win one out of the ten scholarships. There will be a drawing after each race beginning with the second race of the day. Students must register before the first race at a designated booth and must be present to win.
“The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association is pleased to make an investment in the future of our state by investing in the education process,” said Tom Early, CEO for the LTBA.