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Louisiana Champions Day Classic

Louisiana Champions Day Classic
Fair Grounds, 12-8-18, 9 furlongs
Three-Year-Olds and Upwards, $150,000

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Underpressure with Corey Lanerie aboard wins the 28th running of the Louisiana Champions Day Classic at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

UNDERPRESSURE
Birdstone–Charming Colleen
Breeder: James McIngvale
Owner: Mallory Greiner
Trainer: Chris Richard
Jockey: Corey J. Lanerie

2nd
Grande Basin
Good and Tough–Silver Rail
Breeder: Coteau Grove Farms
Owner: William J. Deckwa and John Carbo
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: Miguel Mena

3rd
Mageez
Musket Man–Spaseeba
Breeder: James A. Mcgehee Jr.
Owner: Double Dam Farm LLC
Trainer: Delmar R. Caldwell
Jockey: Shaun Bridgmohan

 

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Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Turf

Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Turf
Fair Grounds, 12-8-18, 8.5 furlongs (dirt)
Three-Year-Old and Upwards, Fillies and Mares, $100,000

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Mitchell Murrill pilots Remember Daisy to victory in the 28th running of the Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Turf at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

REMEMBER DAISY
Misremembered–Very Speightstown
Breeder: Al Ulwelling & Bill Ulwelling
Owner: Al & Bill Ulwelling
Trainer: Gary M. Scherer
Jockey: Mitchell Murrill

2nd
Hyper Piper
Old Fashioned–Filaree
Breeder: Earl Hernandez, Keith Hernandez & John Duvieilh
Owner: Earl Hernandez, Keith Hernandez & John Duvieilh
Trainer: Sam B. David, Jr.,
Jockey: Marcelino Pedroza

3rd
Pacific Pink
Private Vow–Truly Romantic
Breeder: Brandon Adcock
Owner: Keith Plaisance
Trainer: Edward J. Johnston
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

 

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Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint

Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint
Fair Grounds, 12-8-18, 6 furlongs
Three-Year-Old and Upwards, Fillies and Mares, $100,000

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Ours To Run with Gabriel Saez aboard wins the 13th running of the Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

OURS TO RUN
Half Ours–Brown Eyed Baby
Breeder: Clifford Grum
Owner: Colonel Thoroughbreds LLC,
Trainer: J. Larry Jones
Jockey: Gabriel Saez

2nd
Minit to Stardom
Star Guitar–Wild About Marie
Breeder: Brittlyn Stables, Inc.
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Albert M. Stall, Jr.
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

3rd
Shakopee Town
Jersey Town–Shakopee
Breeder: Al Ulwelling and Bill Ulwelling
Owner: Al and Bill Ulwelling
Trainer: Gary M. Scherer
Jockey: Mitchell Murrill

 

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Ours To Run with Gabriel Saez aboard wins the 13th running of the Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.
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Louisiana Champions Day Sprint

Louisiana Champions Day Sprint
Fair Grounds, 12-8-18, 6 furlongs
Three-Year-Olds and Upwards, $100,000

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Givemeaminit with jockey Corey Lanerie aboard outdoes Divine Bean to win the 28th running of the LA Champions Day Sprint. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

GIVEMEAMINIT
Star Guitar–Powerful Nation
Breeder: Clear Creek Stud LLC
Owner: Valene Farms LLC
Trainer: Dallas Stewart
Jockey: Corey J. Lanerie

2nd
Divine Bean
Star Guitar–Good Human Bean
Breeder: Brittlyn, Inc.
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Albert M. Stall, Jr.
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

3rd
Monte Man
Custom for Carlos–Sarah’s My Angel,
Breeder: Val C. Murrell
Owner: Ivery Sisters Racing
Trainer: Ron Faucheux
Jockey: Gabriel Saez

 

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Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile

Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile
Fair Grounds, 12-8-18, 6 furlongs
Two-Year-Olds, $100,000

 

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Jockey Brian Hernandez, Jr. aboard Classy John pulls away from the pack to win the 28th running of the Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

CLASSY JOHN
Songandaprayer–Kitty’s Got Class
Breeder: Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson
Owner: Valene Farms LLC
Trainer: Dallas Stewart
Jockey: Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.

2nd
Jimi’s a Star
Star Guitar–Unusual Strike
Breeder: James Boyd
Owner: James A. Boyd
Trainer: Henry B. Johnson, Jr.
Jockey: Emanuel Nieves

3rd
Calimambo
Calibrachoa–Mambo Lake
Breeder: J. Adcock & Hume Wornall
Owner: Phyllis J. Hodges
Trainer: James E. Hodges
Jockey: James Graham

 

 

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Louisiana Champions Day Lassie

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Midnight Fantasy, with Adam Beschizza aboard, won the Louisiana Champions Day Lassie at the Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans, LA. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges Jr

 

Louisiana Champions Day Lassie
Fair Grounds, 12-8-18, 6 furlongs,
Two-Year-Old Fillies, $100,000

MIDNIGHT FANTASY
Midnight Lute–St. Jean
Breeder: J. Adcock & Hume Wornall
Owner: Carl R. Moore Management LLC
Trainer: Joe Sharp
Jockey: Adam Beschizza

2nd
Silvercents
Goldencents–Carl’s Frosty Girl
Breeder: Steve E Holliday
Owner: Johnny B. Evans and Terry Eoff
Trainer: Karl Broberg
Jockey: Sasha Risenhoover

3rd
Tiz the Faith
Tiz the One–Queen Imidala
Breeder: Larry Procell
Owner: Jonathan Goss
Trainer: Gilbert O. Perez, Jr.
Jockey: Jansen Melancon

 

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Underpressure Improves To Dominate Lousiana Champions Day Classic

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Underpressure with Corey Lanerie aboard wins the 28th running of the Louisiana Champions Day Classic at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

 

In Saturday’s Louisiana Champions Day action at the Fair Grounds, Mallory Greiner’s Underpressure rated mid-pack early in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic, took over off the final turn and held firm late.

“Obviously we wanted to be up a little closer and were hoping that he would break running,” said jockey Corey Lanerie. “He broke a little sluggish and I had to ride with the cards that I was dealt and let him run his own race early. At about the half-mile pole I engaged him and had a lot of horse. I was watching the horse in front of me I saw Colby on a lot of horse with (Autumn Warrior). I moved him (Underpressure) a touch early to get up to his outside and try to hold my ground and it worked out today. I thank Chris (Richard) for letting me ride him and getting him ready. My whole family is here today rooting us on and it’s great to have them here today.”

Third beaten only a length for trainer Chris Richard by local legend Mobile Bay in last year’s Classic, Underpressure ($6.60, $3.80 and $2.40), a 4-year-old son of Birdstone, got the jump on runner-up Grande Basin ($5.60 and $2.80) for Corey Lanerie before keeping that rival at bay late to score by 3 ½ lengths in final time of 1:52.82 for nine furlongs over a sloppy main track. It was five lengths further back to the 9-5 post time favorite Mageez in third ($2.40).

Underpressure (25-8-6-6) elevated his career earnings to $468,132.

“He’s just a model of consistency,” added Richard. “He gives you everything he’s got every single time. We ran against Mobile Bay a couple of times last year and came close to him. Obviously he’s probably one of the greatest Louisiana-breds ever, if not the greatest Louisiana-bred ever. For him to break through in this race on Champions Day, I’m just ecstatic for him. I felt pretty good about it. I just drew a line through his last race, a lot of things didn’t go his way last time. It’s just his ultra-consistency. He tries so hard and I felt really good that we had a really legit shot today to get it done.”

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Wide-Open Classic Headlines Louisiana Champions Card

Seven Thoroughbred stakes are part of 13-race lineup.

A wide-open field of seven, including stakes winners Underpressure, Grande Basin, and Mageez, is set for the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes—the featured race on the Dec. 8 Louisiana Champions Day program at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

The 13-race Champions Day card (beginning with three Quarter Horse races) features seven stakes for Thoroughbreds, highlighted by the 1 1/8-mile Classic. With two-time defending race winner Mobile Bay retired, the path is clear for another state-bred to add more black type to his résumé.

Grande Basin and Underpressure were second and third, respectively, behind Mobile Bay in the 2017 edition of the race. That runner-up effort is a part of a 15-race losing skid William Deckwa Jr. and John Carbo’s Grande Basin is attempting to snap. The 6-year-old Good and Tough gelding most recently finished second in the Nov. 16 Mr. Sulu Overnight Stakes on the turf at Fair Grounds.

Mallory Greiner’s Underpressure, a 4-year-old son of Birdstone , has won two of 10 starts this season but has dropped his past five outings. The Chris Richard-trained colt enters off a sixth-place finish in the Nov. 17 Delta Mile Stakes at Delta Downs.

Double Dam Farm’s Mageez also is trying to get back on the winning side of things. The 5-year-old son of Musket Man won an optional-claiming allowance race at Fair Grounds in February but has lost his seven starts since.

Other notable horses on the Champions Day program include the Al Stall-trained Minit to Stardom, who won her first three starts by open lengths, including a 7 1/4-length win in the Louisiana Champions Day Lassie Stakes at Fair Grounds last December. The daughter of Star Guitar  was sixth in the Longines Test Stakes (G1) in August and, in her first start since that effort, is the 9-5 morning-line favorite for the $100,000 Ladies Sprint Stakes.

Grade 1-placed Givemeaminit, another offspring of Louisiana legend Star Guitar, is part of a field of 10 entered for the six-furlong, $100,000 Sprint Stakes.

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December Calendar of Events

 Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association would like to share the following list of dates of interest to Louisiana horsemen and women.

Brought to you by Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Whispering Oaks Farm, and Equine Sales CompanyClick images to link to more information 

Dec 1

  • Louisiana Champions Day Entry Day
  • Clear Creek Stud Stallion Presentation, Folsom, 10:30 a.m. -2:00 p.m.
  • Richard R. Scherer Memorial Overnight Stakes, New Orleans Fair Grounds

Dec 7

  • LTBA Board of Directors Meeting, 2:00 p.m., Landry’s Seafood Lakefront, New Orleans
  • The Magic City Classic, New Orleans Fair Grounds

Dec 8

  • 28thAnnual Louisiana Champions Day, 7 stakes for Louisiana Bred Thoroughbreds, 3 stakes for Louisiana Bred Quarter Horses New Orleans Fair Grounds, 1stPost 12:30 p.m.
  • Louisiana Champions Day, Race Central, 12:30 through last race,New Orleans Fair Grounds, Black Gold Room. Lunch is served from 1pm – 3pm. LTBA MEMBERS WELCOME!
  • LTBA Scholarship Drawings; two $1,000 scholarships for current college students. (Registration between 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m. Drawings for two scholarships will occur at the winners circle after the 5thrace. Must be present at winners circle to win.)

Dec 15

  • Holiday Family Day, New Orleans Fair Grounds
  • Anyone with information about Louisiana Breds winning outside of North America, please contact Roger Heitzmann (Roger@louisianabred.com)

Dec 22

  • Santa Super Saturday, New Orleans Fair Grounds: Tenacious Stakes, Bonapaw Stakes, Blushing KD Stakes, Buddy Diliberto Memorial Stakes, Sugar Bowl Overnight Stake, Letellier Memorial Stakes

Dec 24

  • Christmas Eve – LTBA Offices closed

Dec 25

  • Christmas– LTBA Offices closed

Dec 26

  • Tiffany Lass Overnight Stake, New Orleans Fair Grounds

Dec 28

  • Starlight Racing, New Orleans Fair Grounds, 1st post 5 p.m. Fair Grounds Starlight Racing. The Topcats in the Clubhouse 7-11 p.m.
  • LTBA  and Fair Grounds Scholarship Drawings; four $1,000 scholarships for current college students. Must be present to win. For Details contact Fair Grounds Race Course.

Dec 29

  • Louisiana Futurity, Divisions for Fillies and for Colts and Geldings, New Orleans Fair Grounds
  • New Orleans Fair Grounds Stakes: Woodchopper Stakes, Pago Hop Stakes,

Dec 31

  • New Years Eve
  • Louisiana Stallion Registrations Due
  • Louisiana Futurity Nominations Due (pregnant mares)
  • FINAL DAY to apply for accreditation of 2018 Louisiana Bred foal at weanling rate  of $75. As of January 1, 2019, 2018 foals become yearlings and the rate increases to $250.

 
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Do you have a date pertaining to Louisiana-breds that you would like included in an upcoming calendar? Please contact Linda 985-386-0360, linda@louisianabred.com or Roger 504-947-4676, roger@louisianabred.comfor consideration.

 

Any questions or need more info call

Roger A. Heitzmann III, Secretary/Treasurer

Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association

504-947-4676, 800-772-1195

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Monte Man Adds Heitai Overnight Stakes Victory to Record

Heitai Overnight Stakes
Fair Grounds, 11-17-18, 6 furlongs
Three-Year-Olds and Upwards, $50,000

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Monte Man, piloted by Gabriel Saez, won the Heitai Overnight Stakes at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans, LA. Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir

MONTE MAN
Custom for Carlos–Sarah’s My Angel
Breeder: Val C. Murrell
Owner: Ivery Sisters Racing
Trainer: Ron Faucheux
Jockey: Gabriel Saez

2nd
Divine Bean
Star Guitar–Good Human Bean
Breeder: Brittlyn, Inc.
Owner: Brittlyn Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Albert M. Stall, Jr.
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

3rd
Greeley Went West
El Corredor–So Well Read
Breeder: Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson
Owner: Phyllis J. Hodges and Randolph Schneider
Trainer: James E. Hodges
Jockey: James Graham

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