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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
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
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,
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.
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
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
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
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
Thomas Calvin's Su Casa G Casa turned in a mild upset of the $100,000
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
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
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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