Two annual Fair Grounds sprint stakes races restricted to accredited
Louisiana-breds share top billing as the headline attractions for Saturday’s 11-race program at the Crescent City oval.
Good Human Bean and Southern Equine Stable’s
Cajun Conference are set to match strides once again in Saturday’s $60,000
Happy Ticket Stakes for older fillies and mares at 5 1/2-furlongs, while Charles Fletcher’s
My Star Runner looms a solid 9-5 choice in the $60,000
John Jackson Memorial, also at that same dash distance but open to older members of either sex.
39th running of the Happy Ticket Stakes, renamed to honor the top money
earner of all time among Louisiana-breds, will be run as the finale
on the afternoon program, while the fifth renewal of the John Jackson
Memorial posthumously recognizes the services of the long time legal
council of the Louisiana State Racing Commission and is scheduled as the
eighth race of the day.
The front-running My Star Runner, trained by
Cody Autrey, will be ridden by Miguel Mena in the Jackson Memorial, but could receive strong competition from Lee Young Farm’s
Flashy Wise Cat, the 5-2
second choice in the morning line. Flashy Wise Cat overtook the
projected favorite in their last meeting in Fair Grounds’ $100,000
Louisiana Champions Day Sprint on Dec. 11 but that was at
six furlongs. Trained by Troy
Young, Flashy Wise Cat will be ridden once again by Kerwin Clark.
Not to be overlooked at 9-2 in the Jackson Memorial morning line is Foxwood Plantation’s
Foreign Production, who finished third behind the top two in the Champions Day Sprint but won both the $60,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint in
Shreveport and the $100,000 Louisiana Showcase Sprint at Evangeline Downs last year.
Carlos Gonzalez is named in the irons.
Completing the Jackson Memorial field is
John Charles, Gerard Melancon; Mr. Porter, David Bourque; Chief Jay, Shaun Bridgmohan
and Down the Road, James Graham.
to Saturday’s Happy Ticket Stakes, Cajun Conference defeated Good Human
Bean by 2 1/4-lengths in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day
Ladies Sprint Dec. 11 here at six furlongs, but will have to adjust
tactics going the 5 ½ furlongs of Saturday’s dash. Cajun Conference will
be ridden by
Miguel Mena while Good Human Bean has
Corey Lanerie slated for the saddle.
Others named to face those two in the Happy Ticket are:
Aunt Kat Kat, Kerwin Clark;
Shutupanddance, Richard Eramia; Thruthegardengate, Rosie Napravnik;
Cherry Forever, Shaun Bridgmohan; Speedacious, Carlos Gonzalez; Lady
Wildee, Eddie Martin Jr.;
and Anything But Quiet, James Graham.