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2013 Louisiana Derby Preview Day

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Mark Valeski wins the 2013 Mineshaft Handicap
Mark Valeski

Mark Valeski wins the 2013 Mineshaft Handicap at Fair Grounds Race Course

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A field of 7 older horses contested the $125,000 Mineshaft Handicap (G3) over 1 1/16 miles on the main track. Mark Valeski, second in the Louisiana Handicap last out, was sent off as the 9-10 favorite over 5-2 Golden Ticket and 3-1 Infrattini. 21-1 Hero of Order set a slow pace of 25.30, 49.64, and 1:14.80 while pressed by Infrattini and Golden Ticket. Entering the lane, Golden Ticket gained a short lead but Mark Valeski, 4th early, ran by the pacesetters to win by 1 length over late-runnng 14-1 Cool Street in 1:44.82. It was a neck back to Golden Ticket third.

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Winning jockey Rosie Napravnik said, "I think everybody had some anxious moments there, including myself. We were really boxed in and I know I was sitting behind a couple of horses that were going to make a run and they just weren't running fast enough, so I was finally was able to tip to the outside and, I mean, he just took off and he was much the best today. He is such a class horse and just a nice horse to be around so I am thankful for Larry and Brereton for having me on today."

Trainer Larry Jones added, "Well, you know, we are going to plan to stay here for the New Orleans Handicap. It's a big-dollar race and we are going to have a lot of competition with Graydar and Bourbon Courage coming in. So we are going to get a shot to really see what they got in their hand here."

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