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Recapturetheglory Best in Louisiana 'Cap

Fair Grounds Race Course
Photo: CDI

Louie Roussel III and Ronnie Lamarque’s Recapturetheglory returned to the form he showed winning the Grade II Illinois Derby three years ago when he proved clearly best by a length and a quarter in Saturday’s $60,000 Louisiana Handicap.


After winning the sixth race of his career and increasing his lifetime earnings to $542,646 from 23 starts, the 6-year-old son of Cherokee Run paid $14, $4.60 and $3.20 and toured the 1 1/16-mile distance in 1:43.41.


“I told (trainer) Louie (Roussel) that he was going to improve off of that last race,” said winning jockey Jamie Theriot. “He kind of emptied out on me that day –  he was a little short – but today he just took off and gave me everything he had when I asked him, just like I knew he would.”


Adele Dilschneider’s Apart got up for second in the Louisiana ’Cap to return $2.40 and $2.10 while finishing a neck to the good of Jim Tafel’s Country Flavor, who paid $3. Richard Rudolph and Michael Vranich’s Royal Express set the pace with fractions of 23.33 and 47.10 before tiring to sixth.



Ike and Dawn Thrash’s Wild About Marie set early fractions of 23.17 and 47.39 and then continued willingly when challenged by Team Valor International and Highfield Stock Farm’s Chantilly Nayla to win Saturday’s $60,000 Dr. A. B. Leggio Memorial by a neck while touring the about 5 1/2-furlong distance over a Stall-Wilson turf course rated “yielding” in 1:05.49.


The winner, trained by Jeff Thornbury and ridden by Richard Eramia, paid $22.60, $11.20 and $7.20 and increased her career earnings to $122,950 with her fourth win in nine lifetime starts.


Chantilly Nayla ranged up alongside Wild About Marie in the late stages, could not stay with that one but clearly held the place by finishing 2 1/4-lengths in front of WinStar Farm’s Mimi’s Bling. Chantilly Nayla returned $9.60 and $7.40 and Mimi’s Bling paid $4.80 to show.



In the opening race of the gala Road to the Derby Kickoff Day program, Richard, Bertram and Elaine Klein’s Early Return provided just that for those who backed him in the $60,000 F. W. Gaudin Memorial with mutuels of $5.60 and $2.40 while increasing his career earnings to $232,806 with his sixth victory in 19 lifetime starts. After taking command out of the gate, the Steve Margolis trainee cut out early fractions of 23.03 and 46.20 and continued willingly the rest of the way to accomplish the six-furlong distance in 1:09.51 while posting a 1 1/4-length score under jockey Shaun Bridgmohan. Favored Mambo Galliano, owned by Louie Roussel III, pressed the pace of the winner throughout, could not catch that one but was clearly best of the others.  He paid $2.10 to place.




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