Super Derby Hero Mobile Bay Heads Champions Classic

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December 06, 2015 11:42am


Tigertail Ranch’s talented homebred Mobile Bay tops a highly competitive renewal of the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic on Dec. 12 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots. The Classic goes as race 10 on a 13-race Saturday card and is contested at 1 1/8 miles on the main track for 3-year-old and up accredited Louisiana-breds.

 

A Victor Arceneaux-trained winner of four stakes in his last six starts, including the Grade II $400,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs three back, sophomore Mobile Bay is fresh off a gritty victory in the $210,000 Zia Park Derby at its namesake course on Nov. 25. and will get the services once again of Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado, who has been aboard for his last three starts and two biggest wins. Mobile Bay will be going for his seventh victory of a productive 2015 that has seen the son of Lone Star Special race 12 times, including a maiden-breaking victory at Fair Grounds on Mar. 13 in his third start. Mobile Bay and Prado break from the outside post nine.

 

A familiar rival stands in the way of Mobile Bay in the form of Melissa Cantacuzene’s The Pickett Factor. Fourth behind his aforementioned adversary in the Super Derby two back, the sophomore son of Gold Tribute defeated Mobile Bay one race prior in the $100,000 Super Derby Prelude Stakes at Louisiana Downs on Aug. 8. Last out, the Ralph Irwin trainee prepped for Champions Day and his third clash with Mobile Bay with a runaway 5¾-length gate-to-wire tally in the $100,000 Delta Gold Cup, defeating the talented Joe Sharp trainee One King’s Man in the process. Luis Quinonez rides from post five.

 

Kenneth and Sarah Ramsey’s One King’s Man, runner-up last year in his second start for Sharp in the Classic after being claimed for $40,000 at Keeneland, will be making his second start off a six-month layoff. Off the board in two graded stakes attempts this year, he was an impressive winner of the $200,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship on Feb. 7 at Delta Downs and has a 12-4-3-1 record over the Fair Grounds main track. One King’s Man has also been cross-entered in the $100,000 Turf and will be ridden by Miguel Mena from post four and has been entered with front-running Ramsey-owned, Sharp-trained stablemate – and assumed rabbit – Know You Now, who breaks from post seven under Brian Hernandez, Jr..

 

Jorge Gomez-owned and -trained course specialist and $60,000 Star Guitar Stakes winner last March Udoknowjack – a four-time Fair Grounds winner during the 2014-15 meet – and Fruition Racing’s Pat Devereux, Jr.-trained $125,000 Louisiana Legends Classic at Evangeline Downs winner Stormdriver must be respected in this spot, despite seeming a cut below their aforementioned rivals. Jocelyne Gomez rides Udoknowjack from the rail, while Richard Eramia takes the reins on Stormdriver from post three.

 

The remainder of the Louisiana Champions Day Classic field is comprised of Social Misfit (Jamie Theriot, post two), Hot Zapper (Jose Riquelme, post six) and Just Stormin (Francisco Torres, post eight).

 
Source: Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots

 

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