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Valediction Bids Rivals Farewell in Wednesday Feature

By Graham Ross, Staff Writer

NEW ORLEANS (Wednesday, March 13, 2013) – Padua Stables’ Valediction, void of early foot, rallied strongly on the extreme outside in Wednesday’s featured $47,000 grass sprint for older horses and got up in time for a neck victory at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

The winner, ridden by Brian Hernandez Jr. and trained by Steve Asmussen, returned mutuels of $6.60. $3.80 and $3, toured the about five and a half furlongs over a Stall-Wilson Turf Course rated “good” in 1:04.80 and increased his career earnings to $68,860 with his second career victory in four lifetime starts.

St.George Farm and David Ingordo’s Channel Marker, also without speed, rallied boldly along the rail in the final furlong, could not withstand the late surge of the winner but was clearly second best, paying $3.40 and $2.80 while finishing 1 3/4-lengths in front of Kendall Bussey and Courtney Barousse’s Preachin Deacon, who returned $6 to show.

L. T. B. Inc. and Miles Childers’ Archenland made the pace with early fractions of 22.22 and 46.52 before tiring at the furlong grounds.

Racing resumes Thursday at Fair Grounds with a nine-race program beginning at 1 p.m.