3/14/2012 1:00:27 PM
The 1 1/16-mile race for fillies and mares has four entered versus the double
Eclipse Award winner. Fair Grounds raised the purse by $50,000 to attract
owner Rick Porter's five-year-old.
Trained by Larry Jones, Havre de Grace will start from post two with Ramon
Dominguez again piloting the mare.
"It works for me," Jones said about the post draw. "It really didn't matter to
us. As I've always said, she's one of those that I don't have to worry about
things with. She does whatever we need her to do. She doesn't care. You always
worry about being race-ridden, but she really, truly can handle whatever's
thrown at her."
Havre de Grace won five of seven starts in 2011 for more than $1.6 million.
She won the Apple Blossom and Azeri at Oaklawn Park followed by the Obeah,
Woodward and Beldame. She lost the Delaware Handicap by a nose to arch rival
Blind Luck and was fourth in the Breeders' Cup Classic.
For her accomplishments Havre de Grace was voted 2011 champion older female
along with Horse of the Year. A win Saturday will push her career earnings
past the $2.5 million mark.
Juanita, trained by Mike Maker, comes into the New Orleans Ladies off a third-
place finish in the track's Tiffany Lass to the champion's stablemate Joyful
Victory. Owned by William and Graydon Patterson, the four-year-old will be
ridden by Rosie Napravnik from the outside post.
The filly was second in January's $75,000 Marie G. Krantz Memorial at Fair
Grounds won by Cherokee Queen. Last year in seven starts she had three wins
including the Indiana Oaks at Hoosier Park. In 14 career starts Juanita has
five wins for $256,642.
The fourth-place finisher from the Tiffany Lass, Distorted Love, has drawn
post four with jockey Richard Eramia. The six-year-old is owned by A D K
Racing and trained by Helen Pitts.
Distorted Love is a veteran of 28 lifetime starts with three wins and
Here's the complete field in post position order: Sterling Madame, James
Graham; Havre de Grace, Ramon Dominguez; Annabel Lee, John Jacinto; Distorted
Love, Richard Eramia and Juanita, Rosie Napravnik.
The New Orleans Ladies will be run Saturday at 5:50 p.m. (ET).