Four new members have been elected to the Fair Grounds Hall of Fame: Dapper Delegate, the 1965 Louisiana Derby winner; Bobby Frankel, the only trainer to have won all four of Fair Grounds’ marquee season-ending stakes races; J. R. Smith Sr., trainer of several Fair Grounds stakes winners including 1967 Louisiana Derby hero Ask the Fare; and Al Stall Jr., conditioner of more than a dozen Fair Grounds stakes winners and twice the track’s leading trainer.
The 2012 class will be inducted in a winner’s circle ceremony during the races on Fair Grounds Hall of Fame Day, March 10.
Dapper Delegate, owned by Dorothy Brown and trained by Alcee Richard, was a bay colt by Porterhouse. The colt won the 1965 Lecomte Stakes by eight lengths and went on to win that year’s Louisiana Derby by three lengths, topping a Brown-owned exacta with stablemate Doctor Brocato. One of the favorites for the Kentucky Derby in 1965, Dapper Delegate developed colic before the race and never made it to post. He died in New York of a respiratory ailment later that year. Overall, he compiled a record of 18-6-2-4 and earned $57,390 in two seasons.
Frankel was one of the most successful trainers in the history of Thoroughbred racing. He won the Eclipse Award as top trainer five times and his horses won 11 Eclipse Awards. At Fair Grounds, Frankel won all four of the track’s season-ending marquee races: the Louisiana Derby (High Limit and Peace Rules), the Fair Grounds Oaks (Pampered Star), the New Orleans Handicap (Badge of Silver and Peace Rules) and the Mervin H. Muniz Memorial Handicap (Proudinsky twice).
Smith trained 40 stakes winners. His major Fair Grounds stakes wins include the 1967 Louisiana Derby (Ask the Fare), the 1974 Whirlaway (Tom Tulle), the 1974 Fair Grounds Oaks (Bold Rosie), the 1984 Colonel Bradley (Dugan Knight), and the 1988 Colonel Bradley (Zuppardo’s Love).
Stall grew up in a racing family; his father and his grandfather were breeders and owners. His father, Albert M. Stall, is a member of the Fair Grounds Hall of Fame and was chairman of the Louisiana Racing Commission for 28 years until retiring in 2004. Stall’s most well-known horse was 2010 Breeders’ Cup Classic (gr. I) winner and champion older horse Blame He currently trains Louisiana legend Star Guitar, winner of a record five Louisiana Champions Day races. At Fair Grounds, Stall has won or shared two training titles and has won more than a dozen stakes, including the inaugural Mervin H. Muniz Jr. Memorial Handicap and two other graded races in 1998 with Joyeux Danseur. Stall is currently second in this season’s Fair Grounds standings with 18 wins.