Sunday Notes: Lanerie Two Away From 3,000 Wins Entering Sunday
Following a riding triple Saturday, jockey Corey Lanerie is now two wins shy of the coveted 3,000-career win milestone entering Sunday’s 10-race program at Fair Grounds.
On Saturday, Lanerie rode Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein’s Maestro Miss to victory in the third race for trainer Steve Margolis, came back to the winner’s circle once again after the ninth race aboard Glen Warren’s Hud’s Rebel for conditioner Andy Leggio Jr., and completed his hat trick astride Jenny Harmsen’s Disco Bid for that owner-trainer.
Lanerie, 36, born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, also scored a riding triple Thursday and a riding double Friday on his accelerated march to the impending milestone, a personal goal that he became increasingly aware of more than a year ago.
On Sunday, Lanerie is listed aboard John Gunther’s Lady Symphony for trainer Wally Dollase at 3-1 in the morning line in the opener and comes right back on David Detillier’s Nine Free in the second half of the Daily Double for Antoine Melancon Jr., albeit at 20-1 in the early line.
The veteran reinsman is idle in the third, fourth, fifth and sixth races, was listed for a mount in the seventh that was subsequently withdrawn at scratch time, picks up a mount in the eighth aboard the Mickey Delahoussaye II- trained Sissy’s Dancer at 4-1 in the morning line with that horsemen listed as the lessee, lost another mount in the ninth after scratch time and was not named in the 10th and final race of the day.
ROSIE RIDES THREE WINNERS BUT ALSO GETS DISQUALIFIED – Jockey Rosie Napravnik rode three winners on Saturday’s Fair Grounds program to regain a tie for the lead with Richard Eramia in the local jockey’s standing entering Sunday’s 10-race program, but also had one of her mounts disqualified during Saturday afternoon.
Napravnik, 22, born in Morristown, N.J., is hanging her tack in New Orleans on a regular basis for the first time this winter after winning the jockey championship at Delaware Park last summer.
Napravnik won Saturday’s opener aboard the Cody Autrey-owned and trained Hey Smarty, captured the fourth race of the afternoon up on Roy Zuppardo’s U Belong to Me for conditioner Sturges Ducoing and completed her troika astride Robert and Lawana Low’s Born Indy U S A for trainer Steve Margolis.
However, in Saturday’s fifth race Napravnik piloted David Cotey’s Feelin Blue to a second-place finish under the wire, but that Hank Gensler II-trainee was subsequently disqualified and placed fourth for interfering with Daniel Bell’s Kissy Coco, ridden by Kerwin Clark and trained by Mark Guidry. That rival was moved up to third in the adjusted finish.
FROSTAD EYES ALLEN LACOMBE MEMORIAL FOR FOREST UPROAR – Trainer Mark Frostad reported during training hours Sunday morning that Sam-Son Farm’s Forest Uproar, impressive as the three-length victress in Saturday’s $60,000 Marie Krantz Memorial Handicap over the Stall-Wilson turf course at Fair Grounds, came out of that effort in good order and was in fine fettle Sunday morning.
The Canadian conditioner had indicated after Saturday’s win that he would consider the $60,000 Allen Lacombe Memorial Handicap on Feb. 26 as a possible next start for Forest Uproar.
GRAHAM FOLLOWS KRANTZ WIN WITH RUNNER-UP RIDE IN HOUSTON – Irish-born jockey James Graham, aboard Sam-Son Farm’s Forest Uproar for her three-length win in Saturday’s featured Marie Krantz Memorial Handicap at Fair Grounds, caught a quick flight to Houston immediately after the race to ride Stacey Moak’s Southern Anthem, trained by Jeff Thornbury, to a runner-up finish in Saturday night’s Grade III John B. Connally Turf Cup Handicap at Sam Houston Race Park.