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Jackson Memorial, Happy Ticket Stakes Featured Saturday
The 38th running of the $60,000 Happy Ticket Stakes, a five-and-one-half-furlong sprint restricted to accredited Louisiana-bred fillies and mares, and the fourth running of the $60,000 John E. Jackson Jr. Memorial Stakes, open to all accredited older Louisiana-breds, are the co-featured highlights of Saturday’s 10-race program at Fair Grounds.
In the Happy Ticket, Southern Equine Stables’ Cajun Conference, second in Fair Grounds’ $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint at last asking Dec. 19, has been installed as the slight 5-2 choice in the morning line over Heiligbrodt Racing Stable’s Sax Appeal, who has been absent from competition since finishing third in the $100,000 Louisiana Cup Filly & Mare sprint last Aug. 1 and is pegged at as the Happy Ticket’s second choice at 3-1.
Jamie Theriot is named aboard Cajun Conference, while Shaun Bridgmohan is listed astride Sax Appeal.
Completing the Happy Ticket is Flawless Gold, Robby Albarado up; Wanna Cuddle, Corey Lanerie; Anything But Quiet, Billy Patin; Yare, Shane Sellers; Alphadoodle, Trey Agilar; and Foxy Flyer, Pat Valenzuela.
Earlier in the afternoon, Stewart Madison’ Cush, coincidentally owned and bred by Happy Ticket’s owner Madison, has been made the 9-5 morning line choice in the John E. Jackson Jr. Memorial Stakes after finishing second in last spring’s $50,000 Big Earl Stakes on May 23 at Louisiana Downs. John Jacinto rides Saturday,
Carl Moore Management’s Power Surge is the 3-1 second choice in the Jackson Memorial with Jamie Theriot slated for the saddle, and completing that field is Mr. Porter, James Graham; John Charles, Francisco Torres; Star Production, Carlos Gonzalez; Captain Buddy, Robby Albarado, and Lee City Slew, Pat Valenzuela.
Each stakes includes its defending champion—Mr. Porter in the Jackson and Sax Appeal in the Happy Ticket.
Another highlight of Saturday’s 10-race program is Race 3, a first-level allowance for 3-year-olds featuring Bluegrass Hall’s Bravo Whiskey, a highly regarded sophomore and nominee to the Grade II $750,000 Louisiana Derby on March 27 after breaking his maiden here by six lengths at first asking last Dec. 14.