Louisiana's favorite daughter, Hallowed Dreams, faces a field of 10 boys and one other filly in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint Saturday. Winner of the A.B. Leggio Memorial Handicap just one week ago, Hallowed Dreams will carry 120 pounds, including regular rider Sylvester Carmouche. She is conditioned by Lloyd Romero.
The 4-year-old daughter of Malagra out of Pacific's Dream has 25 wins from 27 lifetimes starts, including seven of eight in 2001. She has earned $714,144 going into Champions Day, and has captured 17 stakes. Last week, she soundly defeated a solid field in the 5 1/2 furlong Leggio, winning over the Fair Grounds turf by 4 1/2 lengths. She is undefeated in six career starts at Fair Grounds, and set the track record of 1:08 1/5 at six furlongs in the Victoria Lass Handicap in March.
The biggest threat to Hallowed Dreams could come from Bet Me Best, who has not raced at Fair Grounds since a second-place finish in this race two years ago. Bet Me Best has captured eight races in 19 starts and has earned $443,392 for trainer Elliott Walden.
Another noteworthy performer in the seven-race Thoroughbred program Saturday is Sarah Lane's Oates, who tries to defend her title in the $100,000 Champions Day Turf. She has won 21 career races.
The Sprint, in post position order with jockeys and weights, lines up as follows: My Brent's Diamond (Eddie Martin Jr., 117); Don't Be Long Z (Jamie Theriot, 115); Broadway Show (Marlon St. Julien, 115); Toolighttoquittoo (Corey Lanerie, 113); Above Cause (Lonnie Meche, 115); Extra Heavenly (Kirk LeBlanc, 111); Hallowed Dreams (Sylvester Carmouche Jr., 120); I'm Silver Due (Scotty Ziesing, 113); Kettle Man (Anthony Lovato, 118); Bet Me Best (Larry Melancon, 115); Zarb's Luck (Robby Albarado, 113); Early Goer (Ron Ardoin, 115).