Gaff and Corrupt, both stakes winners during the Fair Grounds Race Course meet, headline the first of two five-stakes programs on Louisiana Lagniappe Weekend Saturday.
Heiligbrodt Racing Stable and Michael Smurfit’s Gaff, winner of the Taylor’s Special Handicap Feb. 10 and the Bonapaw Stakes before that, tops a field of nine in Saturday’s $150,000 Duncan F. Kenner Breeders’ Cup Stakes.
Team Block and William Farish’s Corrupt, who won the Mardi Gras Stakes Feb. 26, faces six rivals in the inaugural running of the $100,000 Grindstone Stakes earlier in the day.
The Kenner BC, at six furlongs for 3-year-olds and upward, and the Grindstone, restricted to sophomores and run at about 1 1/16 miles on the grass, are joined by three stakes restricted to Louisiana-breds, all with $100,000 purses, to complete Saturday’s stakes quintet.
Capable of providing strong competition for Gaff in the Kenner BC is Gary and Don Holcomb’s Venomous, winner of Fair Grounds’ Colonel Power Stakes Jan. 13. Venomous was beaten less than a half-length by Gaff when third in the Bonapaw.
Not to be discounted when facing Corrupt in the Grindstone is Amerman Racing Stables' Mayor Bozarth, fourth in the Mardi Gras but back at a preferred longer distance Saturday.
The Red Camelia Handicap for fillies and mares at about 1 1/16 miles on the grass, the Louisiana Lagniappe Classic for older horses and the Crescent City Oaks for 3-year-old fillies make up the state-bred portion of stakes on the 10-race program.
Sport of Kings Racing’s Raspberry Wine, who captured the Louisiana Premier Night Distaff at Delta Downs on Feb. 3 after winning the Camelia at Delta on Jan. 13, is asked to shoulder the top impost of 120 pounds when facing 10 rivals in the Red Camelia. Raspberry Wine is cross-entered in another stakes event Sunday on the main track.
Brittlyn Stable Inc.’s Mean Butterbean, a gutsy second by a head to Costa Rising in Fair Grounds’ Louisiana Champions Day Classic Dec. 9 and most recently runner-up to that same rival in the Louisiana Premier Night Championship last month at Delta, heads a field of eight, including an entry mate, in Saturday’s Lagniappe Classic.
Valene Farms’ Princess Delight, winner of Fair Grounds’ Happy Ticket Stakes March 3, tops nine sophomore members of the distaff set in the Crescent City Oaks.
$150,000 Duncan F. Kenner Breeders' Cup Stakes (Race 9, 4:39 p.m.), 3 & Up, 6 Furlongs
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, ML Odds
1. Saint Anddan (KY), Joseph Talamo, 117, 8/1
2. Smoke Mountain (KY), Corey J. Lanerie, 117, 8/1
3. Smalltown Slew (MS), James Graham, 117, 7/2
4. Santana Strings (FL), Ramsey Zimmerman, 117, 12/1
5. Who Let the Cat In (KY), Kirk P. LeBlanc, 116, 15/1
6. Venomous (TX), Elvis J. Perrodin, 121, 6/1
7. Monkey Hill (CA, Gerard Melancon, 117, 9/2
8. Thunder Mission (KY), Robby Albarado, 117, 15/1
9. Gaff (KY), Donnie J. Meche, 121, 5/2