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2013 "Road to the Derby" Kickoff Day at the Fair Grounds


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Infrattini wins the 2013 Louisiana Handicap
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Infrattini wins the 2013 Louisiana Handicap at the Fair Grounds.

© Steve Queen
A field of eight went in the $100,000 Louisiana Handicap for older horses going 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Jockey James Graham sent 10-1 Hurricane Ike to a clear lead through fractions of 24.88, 49.18, and 1:13.88 while stalked by 4-5 favorite Mark Valeski. At the 3/16 pole Mark Valeski moved up to take the lead through a mile in 1:38.06, but 5-2 second choice Infrattini, third early, closed on the outside to win by 3/4 length in 1:44.62. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to pacesetter Hurricane Ike third.

Winning trainer Pauk McGee said, "We thought we'd give him a little time after that race at Churchill and it looks like it worked out good. We gave him two months between races and he was fresh today and ready to go. I think it paid off for us to wait on this race. Now he has won four in a row at four different tracks. He was a good 3-year-old and a better 4-year-old and now he is even better as a 5-year-old but I think some of that is his breeding; Include says he might be a good older horse going long.

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