It was a strange day at Louisiana Downs on May 23rd.
On and off showers forced the 7th race off the turf, and Say The Word was seemingly on his way to victory when he jumped starting gate tracks and dumped Patrick Valenzuela in midstretch.
In the finale, Slambam Sammy veered in at the start and dropped Lonnie Meche. He jumped the rail and ran loose on the turf course.
There was some quality racing between the oddities, and trainer Pat Mouton saddled four consecutive winners (races 3-6). Veteran pilot E. J. Perrodin was the rider of choice for the first three, and Curt Bourque booted home the other.
Judy’s Light was the late running upset winner of the Powder Doll. Sax Appeal did all of the dirt work and was the unlucky head loser.
Brother Bean was a sharp wire job winner of the Big Earl.
Sunday’s 9-race card features a trio of grass races, and it remains to be seen if we remain on the sod.
My best bet is Tootie Mama in the 7th. She exits a razor sharp win for Tim Ice, and I am looking for her to make it two straight.