State Bred Runners Take Center Stage at Fair Grounds
December 06, 2015 11:51am

Louisiana-breds takes center stage Saturday, Dec. 12, at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots as part of Louisiana Champions Day presented by Acadian Ambulance. The card is highlighted by 11 stakes worth $1.1 million across multiple divisions.


– Recent stakes winners Pacific Pink and Heatseeker Sharon head the field for the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on the main track. The former, owner by Keith Plaisance and trained by Eddie Johnston, rolled to a five-length win in her most recent start in the Elge Raspberry Stakes on the grass at Louisiana Downs and has won two of her three starts on the Fair Grounds main track including the Crescent City Oaks on Louisiana Derby Day last season. The latter captured the Louisiana Legends Distaff at Evangeline Downs in gate-to-wire fashion three starts back before finishing eighth in the Elge Raspberry, beaten five lengths by her aforementioned adversary.


Discreetly Grand, Indian WindAliana and Private Promise round out the field.


– Newly minted millionaire Heitai will look to stretch his speed six furlongs in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint. A 15-time winner trained by Tom Amoss for breeder Rowell Enterprises, Heitai enters the Sprint off a neck loss to fellow sprint competitor Top Cat Boogie at this same six-furlong trip. Second in last year’s Sprint, Heitai will again face last year’s champion Too Dim. Owned by William J. Deckwa, Jr., Too Dim scored in last year’s Sprint with an almost impossible rally after missing the break entirely. The Eddie Johnston trainee has gone winless in five starts since, but returns to a surface over which he has won six of his 10 career starts.


Sir GenghisUnitasLouisiana FlyboyTop Cat BoogieJockamo’s SongKing BanditCajun Silver and Skip the Pinot complete the field.


– Multiple stakes winner Wind Chill Factor heads a wide-open field in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint. Gary Scherer trains and co-owns the 2014 Louisiana Champions Day Lassie champ along with Al and Bill Ulwelling and she enters the race off a solid third in a local allowance behind fellow entrants Fancy Madelyn and Alivia’s Lion.Darrah Wentworth’s Fancy Madelyn, the proverbial ‘now horse’ in the field, steps up to contest stakes company for the first time. A winner of her last three and five of seven overall, she successfully stretched her speed to this six-furlong trip last out.


Snappy GirlLady GranthamAnother PinotDebbie AnnTeelfaVivian da BlingCajun MaidJackson’s G G andPlatinum Lady complete the field.


– Thomas L. Holyfield’s Deep Bottom, a speedy son of Lone Star Special, headlines the field in the $50,000 Louisiana Champions Day Starter Handicap, a mile and 70-yard main track route for Louisiana-breds who have started for $12,500 or less in 2015. Trained by Keith Bourgeois, Deep Bottom enters the Starter Handicap off a third-place finish behind Turf contender Hopeful Notion in a one-mile turf race.


Also entered are Hero ForceChad Be GladWatch My SmokeSocial PrizePopulist PoliticsIntheblinkofaneye andGrand Honor.


– Charles Forbes Jr. and Tommy Hays’ Open Me a Corona looks for his sixth consecutive win in the day’s opener, the Grade II $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Quarter Horse Classic at 440 yards. Trained by Bobby Martinez, the 5-year-old son of Coronas Leaving You has been untouchable since February, rattling off five straight stakes scores. Second to Open Me a Corona in three of those efforts was Brock Broussard and Jacque Bourque’s Kevin Broussard-trained Heza Fast Rogue. An eight-time winner, Heza Fast Rogue will look to avenge a two-length loss to Open Me a Corona last out in the Opelousas Stakes at Evangeline Downs.


Scooter PrizeLd Streakin n LeavinJjs Black LaceShesa Dashingromance, and Jls Mr Bigtime complete the field.


– An overflow field of 16 was entered in the Grade II $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Quarter Horse Juvenile, a 350-yard dash, led by Douglas Traylor’s 2-year-old filly Telerosa. A winner of half of her six lifetime starts for trainer Kenny Roberts, the daughter of Jet Black Patriot is already proven at the course and distance, having won the LQHBA Sales Futurity at Fair Grounds in September. Second to her that day was We All In Racing’s Micmac Warrior, who returns to his favorite surface for trainer Trey Ellis.


Shades of BuckPunctualityCute Mic JaggerPatriots Leaving YouJess ZoomStreakin Bye UHeisa Hot Ticket,Fast Ladys ManCarry on GameJet Black ZoomerBrodie BeachSwift 13Game on Vince and Im All Out complete the field, with the latter four listed as also-eligibles.


– Louisiana’s fastest sophomore Quarter Horses will line up in the Grade II $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Quarter Horse Derby at 400 yards. T M Ranch’s Kenny Roberts-trained Heza Louisiana Dash heads the field riding a two-race winning streak at Evangeline Downs. A winner of six of his 12 lifetime starts, the son of Heza Fast Dash qualified for the LQHBA Sales Futurity at Fair Grounds last season. Also from the Roberts barn is Jes a Fast Dasher, the high earner in the field for owner Tony Doughtie. After finishing third last out to Heza Louisiana Dash, Jes a Fast Dasher will return to a surface over which he is a multiple winner.


Heza Fast Wokatee, Bellas Leaving YouNl Boogie for BuxTf Hez Jess RowdyB and G Fast DashIcanonlyemagine,Strong GunsRunning Game PatriotJess An EffortZoomin for BugsSweet Okey Dokey and Jeti Luke complete the field. Sweet Okey Dokey and Jeti Luke are listed as also-eligibles.

Source: Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots


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