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String King won the Mr. Sulu Stakes Nov. 23 on the turf at Fair Grounds.
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String King to Try Dirt at Fair Grounds

String King, Populist Politics co-highweights for Louisiana Champions Day Classic.

Charles Smith homebred String King, who has registered all seven of his stakes victories on turf, will switch to the main track for a start in the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Dec. 14 at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

A 5-year-old Crowned King gelding, String King enters the 1 1/8-mile dirt race off a three-quarter-length victory in the Mr. Sulu Stakes Nov. 23 at Fair Grounds. String King has won that one-mile turf race for Louisiana-breds two years in a row.

String King and five-time stakes winner Populist Politics (who won the 2011 Mr. Sulu) are the co-highweights for Saturday's race. Klaravich Stables and William Lawrence's Populist Politics enters off a third-place finish to Sunbean in the Gold Cup Stakes Nov. 2 at Delta Downs

Brittlyn Stable's Sunbean also is entered in the Louisiana Champions Day Classic.

The Classic serves as the main event of the New Orleans oval's annual eight-stakes race series for Thoroughbreds that is restricted to accredited Louisiana-breds. With 13 races scheduled on Saturday, the first post will be moved to 12:30 p.m. CST.