Saints N Muskets Waits Early, Kicks Late in Shantel Lanerie

Landry Star Wins Third Stakes in Last Five Starts


Saints N Muskets with Mitchell Murrill aboard wins the Shantel Lanerie Memorial Stakes at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.


As they like to say, ‘The waiting is the hardest part.’ Loaded entering the far turn with nowhere to go in the $75,000 Shantel Lanerie Memorial for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares, Mitchell Murrill and Rodney Verret’s Saints N Muskets bided their time, found a seam in midstretch, and kicked clear for a convincing 2-length win over Snowball in the penultimate 2020-21 stakes race at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

Saints N Muskets ($10.20) alternated between third and fourth while on the rail early in the Lanerie, as longshot Crescentcitypretty set an honest pace of 24.71 and 48.19, in what was a tight-knit field of six. The field bunched that much more entering the far turn as Murrill and Saint N Muskets drafted into contention while behind a wall of horses, with little to do but wait and hope for an opening. Said opening emerged in midstretch between a tiring Crescentcitypretty and Quikfast N Ahurry and Murrill produced Saints N Muskets, who burst through and pulled clear over a wide rallying Snowball. She’s Gone d’Wild finished a nose behind Snowball for the place, while 1.80-1 favorite Net a Bear, stablemate to the winner, finished fourth. Saints N Muskets covered the 1-mile and 70 yards over a fast main track in 1:42.81.

“It worked out perfect,” Murrill said. “The horse broke sharp, I was able to save ground in the pocket and wait for my time to go. Things opened up for me at the head of the lane and I was able to squeeze though.”

Saints N Muskets has morphed from an allowance/fringe stakes contender early in her career to a proven Louisiana-bred star over the past several for trainer Allen Landry. The 6-year-old daughter of Musket Man ended 2020 with a win in the Lookout at Delta Downs in November and started 2021 with a win there in January in the Magnolia. After running second to Quikfast N Ahurry at Delta in the Premier Distaff in February Landry brought her to Fair Grounds where she tuned up for the Lanerie running seventh in her turf debut in the March 6 Red Camelia. Needless to say, Saints N Muskets, who is now 6-for-19 lifetime, won’t be heading back to the lawn any time soon.

“She’s a much better horse on the dirt, she didn’t seem to like the turf at all,” Landry said. “I expected Saints N Muskets would be a little closer but Mitchell said he just sat there and waited for his time until it opened up.”

The Shantel Lanerie is named for the late wife of longtime jockey Corey Lanerie, who passed away in June of 2018 due to complications from breast cancer. Information on her foundation can be found here

Saints N Muskets Wins Magnolia Stakes

Magnolia Stakes
Delta Downs, 1-12-21, 8 furlongs
4YO & Up, Accredited Louisiana bred, fillies and mares, $75,000

Saints N Muskets wins the 2021 Magnolia Stakes at Delta Downs

Musket Man–Laughing Saint
Breeder: J. E. Jumonville Jr. & Bunny Jumonville
Owner: Rodney J. Verret
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: Joe Stokes

Sarah’s Passion
Songandaprayer–My Holy Belle
Breeder: Perform Stables Inc.
Owner: Perform Stables, Inc.
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: Joel Dominguez

Smok’n Rita
Misremembered–Wicked Rita
Breeder: Linda Guidry
Owner: Linda Guidry
Trainer: Connie Mack Guidry
Jockey: Kevin J. Smith




Saints N Muskets wins the 2020 Lookout Stakes at Delta Downs. Coady Photography.

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted a nine-race Thanksgiving Eve program on Wednesday afternoon and jockey Joe Stokes feasted on stakes racing for the second day in a row. During Tuesday’s opening day card Stokes rode Speaktomeoflove to an exciting win in the $60,000 B Connected and on Wednesday he booted home Rodney J. Verret’s Saints N Muskets to a nice score in the featured $60,000 Lookout.

The Lookout featured a full field of 10 Louisiana-bred fillies and mares competing at seven furlongs. At the break it was Tenpins Tempo who took the lead from the rail and set a slow early pace of 24.76 seconds for the opening quarter mile before Schiff’s Corner stuck a head in front at the half-mile pole in a time of 49.32. When the field entered the upper stretch the Allen Landry-trained Saints N Muskets emerged from mid-pack to take the lead after going three-quarters of a mile in 1:15.18.

After Saints N Muskets straightened away turning for home she took off like a shot and drew clear to hit the finish line 3-3/4 lengths in front of Quikfast N Ahurry who was second. Schiff’s Corner held on for third, another length behind the runner-up. Saints N Muskets covered the distance over a wet fast track in time of 1:28.50

The win by Saints N Muskets was the fourth of her 15-race career and her first in stakes company. She earned $36,000 for the score and now owns a bankroll of $136,365.

Bred in Louisiana by J. E. Jumonville, Jr. & Bunny Jumonville, Saints N Muskets is a 5-year-old bay mare by Musket Man, out of the Vindication mare Laughing Saint.

Sent to the gate at odds of 7-1, Saints N Muskets paid $17.40 to win, $6.20 to place and $4.60 to show. Quikfast N Ahurry returned $6.80 to place and $5.20 to show. Schiff’s Corner was worth $10.80 to show.

Delta Downs will be dark on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26 before closing out the opening week of its season on Friday and Saturday, November 27 and 28. Post time each day will be at 12:55 pm CT. Next week the track will settle into its regular schedule of racing Mondays through Thursday until the end of the meet, April 16.


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