Louisiana-breds Get Time in the Spotlight
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By Emily Shields for TVG
The annual Louisiana Champions Day will take place December 12 at the Fair Grounds, with seven stakes races for Thoroughbreds and three for Quarter Horses making up part of a 13-race program that begins at noon local time. Purses for the day total over $1.1 million.
The card is highlighted by the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic, with last year’s third-place finisher Underpressure back to make amends. He won his first two starts of 2020 but has been off since March. He was third in this race in 2017 but won it in 2019 for trainer Chris Richard. He faces recent Evangeline Downs stakes winner Shang, who is four for five on this racetrack for trainer Steve Asmussen. Local stakes winner Sydster has been first or second in three of four starts on this track.
The $100,000 Turf includes defending champion Ninety One Assault tor trainer Tom Morley. The son of Artie Schiller was a stakes winner here in February but hasn’t won since. Burdo Talking for Keith Austin is coming off a stakes win at Louisiana Downs, and was third in this race last year. Florent Geroux gets aboard for the first time.
The $100,000 Juvenile has a full field of 12, including Chu Chu’s Legacy, who has won three of four starts. Allen Landry trains the son of Bind. Sir Wellington was a brilliant maiden winner at Delaware Park in August, then came back to be fifth in the Nyquist Stakes at Keeneland on the Breeders’ Cup undercard.
The $100,000 Sprint over six furlongs drew nine. #4 Laughingsaintsong (5-2) was the winner last year, as part of a strong three-race win streak. The son of Songandaprayer was a stakes winner in July, but has only run once since then.
Race 8 is the $100,000 Ladies Turf. Defending champion Net a Bear and runner up Room to Finish drew side by side. The latter is a two-time winner this year for Wayne Catalano. Net a Bear was a stakes winner here in March going a mile; this is 1 1/16 miles. Offspring for Joe Sharp is also in with a shot after knocking heads against open company of late.
The $100,000 Ladies Sprint and $100,000 Lassie for two-year-old fillies complete the card. Four-for-five Southern Liaison is worth a look in the Ladies Sprint at 5-1 morning line, while Mr. Al’s Gal, who has earned over $650,000, is another formidable opponent. The Lassie features the Dallas Stewart-trained Astrology daughter Big Time, a sharp winner at Churchill Downs in June who hasn’t run since. Bet on the Fair Grounds races online every day with TVG.com.
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