Theoryintopractice Tops Defending Champion In the Navy in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic

Louisiana Cup Turf Classic
3YO and upwards, Accredited Louisiana Breds, $50,000
Louisiana Downs, 8-3-19, 8.5 furlongs (turf)


Richard Eramia aboard Theoryintopractice keeps a head in front of In The Navy to win the 34th running of the Louisiana Cup Turf Classic at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

Into Mischief–Cayman Colada
Breeder: Cypress Bend Farm
Owner: Courtney Barousse
Trainer: Steven M. Asmussen
Jockey: Richard E. Eramia

In the Navy
Midshipman–Southern Princess
Breeder: Ken Standlee
Owner: Kendel D. Standlee
Trainer: Scott Gelner
Jockey: Diego Saenz

Dynamite Dan
Point of Entry–Omi Princess
Breeder: Ada White
Owner: Arthur K. Starr
Trainer: John Henry Prather, Jr.
Jockey: Joel Dominguez


The $50,000 Louisiana Turf Cup Classic attracted nine runners going a mile and one-sixteenth over the Franks Turf Course.  It was the second time on the card that a defending champion was denied as Theoryintopractice, who ran third to In the Navy in the $75,000 Louisiana Legends Turf at Evangeline Downs, ran down his rival in the final strides.

 Owned by Courtney Barousse and trained by Steve Asmussen, the son of Into Mischief ran fourth in the 2018 edition of this race.

With a confident ride from Richard Eramia, the bay son of Into Mischief tracked  In The Navy and early pacesetter In a Cowboy Too through early fractions of 22.00; 46.68 and 1:10.27. He made his move at the top of the stretch, drawing even with In the Navy and winning by a neck. The final time, over a firm turf course, was 1:40.87.

“I want to thank Steve, his assistant Ashley (Trosclair) and Richard,” said Barousse. “As an owner, I just pay the bills; they do all the work to get these wins.”

In the Navy, owned by Kendel D. Standlee, finished second for trainer Scott Gelner. The 5-year-old son of Midshipman was ridden by Diego Saenz.

Dynamite Dan closed for third under Joel Dominguez with Curlins on Fire completing the superfecta.

Theoryintopractice, who ran fourth in the 2018 edition of this race, has now won 12 of his 35 career efforts, compiling a bankroll of $273,415.

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