String King Looks for Fourth Win in $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Turf
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Wed 09/12/2015 - 17:34 EST
The stakes action will continue on Saturday at Fair Grounds with the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Turf Stakes. Restricted to horses bred in Louisiana, the race is carded at a mile and a sixteenth on the turf and has drawn a field of ten.
String King headlines the field as the heavy favorite at odds of 8-5 on the morning line for trainer Charles Smith who also owns and bred the gelding. A seven-year-old son of Crowned King, he has notched eighteen career victories against both state bred and open competition and is a graded stakes winner. He has won this race three times – in 2011, 2012 and 2014. He has won his last three starts and will be ridden by Richard Eramia from the inside post.
One King's Man trying for second stakes win
Second choice at morning line odds of 6-1 is One King’s Man who is also cross-entered in the Louisiana Champions Day Classic for trainer Joe Sharp. A five-year-old son of K One King, the gray gelding is a nine-time career winner and will be trying to earn his second black type victory. He was last seen finishing third in the Gold Cup Stakes at Delta Downs and will break from post five under jockey Miguel Mena.
Gallery facing state bred competition
Also in the field at morning line odds of 6-1 is Gallery for trainer Michael Dini. A three-year-old son of Munnings, he has been on the board in eight of his fifteen starts and has three victories, one of which came against open stakes company. He is trying to rebound after a pair of poor performances and was seventh in the English Channel Stakes at Belmont Park. Mitchell Murrill will be aboard from post four.
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