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Napravnik bags three on Louisiana Champions Day

Heavy on Themister scored just his second stakes win in the LCD Classic (Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography)

Jockey Rosie Napravnik was the star of Louisiana Champions Day at Fair Grounds on Saturday, winning three races including the featured $150,000 LCD Classic Stakes aboard Rebecca Farms and T.J. Dickey's Heavy on Themister. The Shawn David trainee was within a length of the pacesetter the entire race until the stretch where he drew clear by a length over Watch My Smoke.

Populist Politics, the 8-5 favorite, finished last in the field of 10.

"He ran such a game race," Napravnik said. "He is a really neat horse and watching some of his past races he just puts out every time and it was a very game effort. Thanks to Shawn for having me up today and to all off the connections."

The chestnut gelding stopped the teletimer in 1:51 in the 1 1/8-mile contest over the fast main track. The son of Lion Tamer captured his second stakes win of his career and in doing so increased his lifetime earnings to $282,050 from a line of 14-5-4-1.

Earlier on the card, Charles Zacney and Edward J Johnson's Ladyzarbridge wired the field in the $100,000 LCD Ladies Stakes. The five-year-old mare held off her competition in the 1 1/16-mile test over the main track, winning by a length in a time of 1:45 4/5 with Napravnik in the irons. The bay mare was the winner of this race in 2010 but an injury after her lone start in 2011 kept her out of competition for a year.

Ladyzarbridge would not be headed in the LCD Ladies (Alexander Barkoff/Hodges Photography)

"She hurt her foot in the trailer," Johnston said. "It was the balls of her feet she hurt so it took us a while to get her right. She was going to Delta, the time when she got beat 27 lengths (February 2011). She hurt herself and we didn't even know it and we actually thought she broke down in the race. Rosie was on her. We had to let the foot just about completely grow out so she took about a year off and her she's back and doing good.

"She is going to Delta to run in the Delta Ladies up there and we will take another shot at that. Then whatever comes available here. If nothing, then we will just rest her."

Ladyzarbridge, who was capturing her fourth career stakes win, now has a career line which reads 21-7-2-4, $355,184.

Charlie Smith's homebred String King defended his title in the $100,000 LCD Turf Stakes. The 3-5 favorite came from off the pace and closed fast in the stretch for a one length victory. The four-year-old gelding covered about 1 1/16 miles over the yielding turf in 1:45 4/5 with James Graham aboard.

"I don't know that we'll go in the next one but we may try and go in the Costa Rising on the main track a little bit later during the year." Smith said.

String King was exiting a stakes win over the local turf course in the Mr. Sulu on Thanksgiving Day. With back-to-back stakes victories, the bay gelding boosted his bankroll to $324,052 and his record stands at 19-8-3-2.

P. Dale Ladner's Sittin at the Bar, dropping in class off a third in the Grade 3 Delta Downs Princess, pulled away from the field for an eight-length romp in the $100,000 LCD Lassie Stakes for two-year-old fillies. Trained by Brett Brinkman, the 3-5 favorite handled six furlongs over the main track in 1:11 with Mark Guidry aboard. Her record now stands at 4-2-1-1, $155,000.

Hero Force eked out the victory in the LCD Juvenile (Lou Hodges Jr./Hodges Photography)

In the companion race to the Lassie Stakes, Robbie Norman's Hero Force was victorious in the $100,000 LCD Juvenile Stakes for colts and geldings. The Bret Calhoun trainee wired the field in the six-furlong contest in a time of 1:11 3/5 with Napravnik aboard. Hero Force's record improved to 4-2-1-1, $93,710.

Thomas Calvin's Su Casa G Casa turned in a mild upset of the $100,000 LCD Sprint Stakes as 3-5 favorite and defending champion Amanecer de Oro ran third. The Calhoun-trained four-year-old gelding was ridden to victory by Miguel Mena in a time of 1:11 for six furlongs. Now a five-time stakes winner, including two Champions Day events, his record now stands at 13-5-4-0, $399,973.

Coteau Grove Farms' Harlie's Dreams was the victress in the $100,000 LCD Ladies Sprint Stakes with Diego Saenz aboard. The five-year-old mare, who is trained by Patrick Devereux Jr., prevailed by a half-length in a time of 1:11 1/5 for six furlongs. Speedacious, the 1-2 favorite and defending champion, trailed the field of nine.

Victorious in the 2011 Champions Day Ladies in her only other stakes triumph, Harlie's Dream now boasts a mark of 24-6-8-5, $348,488.

The lowest-priced stakes race on the card was the $50,000 LCD Starter Handicap at one mile and 70 yards. Trainer Merrill Scherer and Dan Lynch's Silent Pipe wired the field with Brian Hernandez Jr. aboard, drawing off by 5 3/4 lengths in a time of 1:42 2/5.

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