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Louisiana Lagniappe Weekend Notes & Quotes



Happy Ticket Stakes

Winner: Alphadoodle ($20, running time 1:04.66)

Jockey Robby Albarado: "She broke well and put herself in a good position. She got comfortable on the lead and she's so competitive, she just kept digging in."

Notes: Alphadoodle won for the third time in as many starts at Fair Grounds this winter ... Coach Mike, the odds-on favorite, finished second ... Sax Appeal, the 2008 Happy Ticket winner, finished third.


John E. Jackson Jr. Memorial Stakes

Winner: Mr. Porter ($7.20, running time 1:04.60)

Jockey James Graham: "I had a good position all race. (I) didn't have to go wide and wore them down in the lane."

Trainer Tom Amoss: "We looked to be one of the only closers in the race, and that's always attractive. We recently claimed him. He ran a good race last time out, and it was a good race for him today."

Notes: This race was run as the Louisiana Lagniappe Sprint the last three years ... Mr. Porter won his second stakes race of the meet; he claimed the Louisiana Champions Day Starter by 12 1/2 lengths in December ... Amoss claimed Mr. Porter for owner Maggi Moss for $50,000 on Jan. 31, which nearly paid for itself with the $36,000 winner's purse today.


Crescent City Oaks

Winner: Seven Seventythree ($7.60, running time 1:46.39)

Jockey Robby Albarado: "I just took my time, let her relax, gave her a little and she finished well."

Notes: Seven Seventythree was running in the Heiligbrodt colors for the first time after being purchased privately following a fourth-place finish in last month's Sarah Lane's Oates Stakes ... It was the first time this season that the meet's leading owner (Heiligbrodt), trainer (Asmussen) and jockey (Albarado) combined for a win ... Albarado's three wins today give him 90 for the meet, and Asmussen's win is his 89th of the campaign.


Crescent City Derby

Winner: Milwaukee Miracle ($12.60, running time 1:46.40)

Jockey Gabriel Saez: "I did not want to get close with the fast fractions, so I sat behind and waited. I made my move down the stretch and he was ready to go."

Notes: Saez won all four dirt stakes for 3-year-olds at the meet, including the Louisiana Derby series sweep with Friesan Fire ... Milwaukee Miracle was a 15-1 upset winner in the Gentilly Stakes last time out with Donnie Meche aboard; Meche is out with a thumb injury ... The two stakes wins were trainer Robert Young's only wins of the meet ... The running time was exactly .01 slower than Seven Seventythree's winning time in the Crescent City Oaks.