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McPeek Set to Invade Fair Grounds

Fair Grounds Race Course
Photo: CDI

Trainer Ken McPeek invaded Fair Grounds for Louisiana Derby Preview Day in 2002 with Select Stable’s Repent in the middle leg of Fair Grounds’ series for 3-year-olds, and with that same ownership’s Take Charge Lady in the middle leg of Fair Grounds’ series for 3-year-old fillies. 

 

Both Repent and Take Charge Lady were successful on Louisiana Derby Preview Day that year and each returned again to win the Louisiana Derby and Fair Grounds Oaks respectively later that season.

 

Now McPeek has announced plans to bring Catesby Clay’s Rogue Romance and Five D Thoroughbreds and Wind River Stable’ Kathmanblue to the Grade III Risen Star and Grade III Rachel Alexandra Stakes respectively for the upcoming Louisiana Derby Preview Day card on Feb. 19.

 

Rogue Romance finished third in the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Juvenile in his last start Nov. 6 at Churchill Downs, while Kathmanblu, heroine of Churchill’s Grade II Golden Rod last fall, most recently won the $100,000 Sweetest Chant Stakes on the grass course at Gulfstream Jan. 22.


LANERIE TWO AWAY FROM 3,000 WINS WITH FOUR MOUNTS MONDAY


Jockey Corey Lanerie enters Monday’s Fair Grounds program two wins shy of the 3,000-career win milestone with four mounts still scheduled for the day following scratch time.

 

After scoring riding triples last Thursday and Saturday and also with a double last Friday, Lanerie failed to reach the winner’s circle on Sunday’s program and remains at 2,998 wins entering Monday’s nine-race program.

 

The 36-year-old native of Lafayette, Louisiana, begins his day in the second half of the Daily Double aboard Peter Cantrell’s Savage Man for trainer Keith Desormeaux at 9-2 in the morning line, comes back to the paddock in the fourth for the mount on Wachtel Stable, Brous Stable and J. D. Lee’s Desert Wheat for Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott at 3-1 in the early line, is listed astride Maggi Moss’s Honour Rocket in the fifth for nine-time Fair Grounds trainer champion Tom Amoss at 5-1 and is slated to conclude his afternoon in the eighth with the mount on Thoroughbred Futures Racing’s Water of Life for conditioner Steve Margolis, once again at 5-1 in the early line.

 

LEADING JOCKEY NAPRAVNIK NAPRAVNIK RECEIVES 7-DAY SUSPENSION 


Fair Grounds’ current leading rider Rosie Napravnik, who has been engaged in a hard-fought duel with Richard Eramia for top honors over the last couple of weeks but enjoys a two-win edge entering Monday’s races, has received a seven-day suspension set to begin Sunday, Feb. 6 and last through Saturday, Feb. 12.

 

Napravnik, 22, a native of Morristown, N.J., was leading rider at Delaware Park last summer, while Eramia, 31, born in Uruguay, has led the local standings most of the 2010-2011 season at the New Orleans oval.

 


 

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