(Enforceable wins the G3 Lecomte Stakes / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

From the Fair Grounds Media Team:

G3 Lecomte Stakes: Enforceable:

David Carroll — Assistant Trainer for Enforceable (1st):

“Mark (trainer Casse) likes to put a good foundation into his two-year-olds,” said assistant trainer David Carroll. “We are so happy for Mr. and Mrs. (John) Oxley, they are terrific owners and we wish they were here today. I am sure they were watching at home, cheering him on. He trained beautifully down here and he is starting to mature. He’s a very kind horse to be around.”

“The pace set us up beautifully,” Carroll continued. “Julien (Leparoux) gave him a beautiful ride and we’re just so proud of this horse. He makes our job very easy. He has a terrific attitude and having him be so talented makes it even more enjoyable. Hopefully as the distances get longer, he’ll continue to get better. It was a nice field today and we are just so proud of his race.”

Carroll said that the Oxley’s and trainer Mark Casse would make the decision, but that the nine furlong Risen Star (G2) on February 15 at Fair Grounds would “make a lot of sense.”

Julie Leparoux — Rider for Enforceable:

“He broke like he usually does, not as fast as others,” Leparoux said of Enforceable’s start. “We traveled well the whole race and down the backside he was just dragging me. When we got around the second turn I got out in the clear and he had a big run. He’s a horse that I am very excited about.”

Ricardo Santana, Jr. — Rider for Silver State (2nd):

“I think he ran pretty good,” Santana Jr. said. “It was his first time going two turns and he handled it well. We expect a lot from that horse in the future.”

(Finite wins the Silverbulletday Stakes / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Silverbulletday Stakes: Finite

Steve Asmussen — Trainer for Finite (1st):

“What a quality filly,” Asmussen said. “She is just another really special Winchell homebred. She has earned everything she’s gotten. She’s done everything we’ve asked of her. She battled, kept in front, and we are very proud of her.”

Only the third trainer in the history of Thoroughbred racing to reach 1,000 career stakes wins, Steve Asmussen now has 8,720 victories overall, 725 behind all-time wins leader Dale Baird (9,445).

“It was extremely fitting that it (the milestone) was accomplished with a Winchell homebred,” Asmussen said. “I think all of our success is based on family and that approach. From my parents, where they started, this is another filly that came through their program. Ron’s father Vern employed my father before we were doing this professionally. We feel like we are just at the tip of the iceberg with huge things in front of us.”

The Eclipse Award winner as Outstanding Trainer in both 2008 and 2009, Asmussen’s first career victory came in 1986 at Ruidoso Downs with Victory’s Halo. Of his 1,000 stakes wins, 251 are graded.

Ricaardo Santana, Jr. — Rider for Finite:

“She’s an amazing filly,” Santana, Jr. said. “She did a great job. She’s a fighting filly and I’m thankful we got the victory. She broke really good. I sat off the pace, she was really happy with our position. When the horses turned for home, I had a horse in the inside (Ursula) and horses to the outside. She (Finite) kept fighting all the way to the wire and we got the victory.”

Mitchell Murrill — Rider for Ursula (2nd):

“We were hoping to have a good forward break from the gate and she put us on the lead, Murrill said. “I nursed her along as well as I could. She had a nice easy pace and was very comfortable. She sprinted home down the lane, but we fell just a little short.”

Michael Stidham — Trainer for Ursula:

“I could not be prouder of how Ursula ran and how Mitchell (jockey Murrill) rode her,” trainer Mike Stidham added.

(Bobby’s Wicked One was much the best in the Duncan F. Keener Stakes / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Duncan F. Keener Stakes: Bobby’s Wicked One:

Miguel Mena — Rider for Bobby’s Wicked One (1st):

“It was just a matter of getting a good break,” Mena said. “We broke well and were able to get out to the early lead. He’s a fast horse and does it well within himself so I was just along for the ride. He’s a nice horse.”

Al Stall, Jr. — Trainer for Bobby’s Wicked One:

“Things went well for him here last year and they have obviously been going really well again this year,” trainer Al Stall Jr. said. “This is his home and we know he’s happy here. He stepped it up a notch today. We had this field measured with our early speed and the scratches of course but on his own he’s a really nice horse. Going from point A to point B in that final time and the way he did it geared down is certainly very impressive.”

“We’re going to keep him happy and healthy,” Stall continued discussing what the plan is next. “We might point him to the ($500,000) Count Fleet Stakes (G3) at Oaklawn (April 20, 6 furlongs, 4yo&up) and see what happens. Maybe at the end of the year he will be a Breeders’ Cup horse at Keenland which is another track he has put in some good efforts at.”

Corey Lanerie — Rider of Hog Creek Hustle (2nd):

“He ran great,” jockey Corey Lanerie said. “Al Stall’s horse is a tough horse. He was the only speed in the race today so we tried to be a little closer to him and hoped he wouldn’t get away from us. At the top of the lane I thought I was in striking distance, but he just wasn’t good enough today.”

(Quebec, on the rail, holds on to win the Marie G. Krantz Stakes / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Marie G. Krantz Memorial Stakes: Quebec:

Joe Sharp — Trainer of Quebec (1st):

“Connie and Richard (Snyder) called me to say they were very optimistic with this mare,” Sharp said. “When we got her we just wanted to get a line on her and freshen her up a little. We did that and gave her a sprint race. Today we knew we had her in a good spot. I didn’t expect her to be on the lead the whole way herself, but I told Adam (jockey Beschizza) to not take anything from her. He managed it well and got the job done. I’m usually not an advocate of the one hole, but with a horse like her and her running style I was pretty confident. We’re looking forward for the rest of the year with her, including the next one here at Fair Grounds (Albert M. Stall Memorial on February 15).”

Adam Beschizza — Rider of Quebec:

“She’s definitely a filly who doesn’t lack speed,” Beschizza said. “Today it was just a question of how to get to the lead. I was speaking to Joe (trainer Sharp) before the race and he said to just let her run. She seemed to get in front pretty easily and well within herself and we just hung on late.”

Corey Lanerie — Rider of Don’t Tell Marge (2nd):

“My horse ran great,” jockey Corey Lanerie said. “We had a good trip and got to the rail and stayed there pretty much the whole race. We got out and I thought I had it. We just missed, but I’m happy she ran a good race.”

(Silver Dust, who just loves the Fair Grounds, captures the G3 Louisiana Stakes / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

G3 Louisiana Stakes: Silver Dust:

W. Bret Calhoun — Trainer of Silver Dust (1st):

“He’s come a long way,” trainer Bret Calhoun said of Silver Dust. “He’s always showed a tremendous amount of talent. I was really excited a couple years ago, but he just didn’t get there in the afternoons. He’s finally gotten consistent and now he’s starting to live up to who we thought he was.”

“We will keep him here at the Fair Grounds and filter through this series (G3 Mineshaft next on February 15) and try to keep him fresh for a long campaign,” Calhoun continued. “If he keeps running like this, there are some big races throughout the year that would be nice to tackle. We want to keep him as fresh and consistent as we can.”

Jack Gilligan — Rider of Silver Dust:

“The race worked out perfectly today,” Gilligan said. “He’s a big, strong horse and I was able to get him into the position I wanted. Bret (trainer Calhoun) and I have been really happy with how he’s been working recently. We knew he was going to run great today. His demeanor has changed, he feels like he loves his job now, whereas before he was a bit temperamental and would act up in the paddock and gate. Last time out (second in the Lukas Classic) he really made a turn around. He does everything the right way and couldn’t ask for a better result.”

Florent Geroux — Rider of Blended Citizen (2nd):

“Great trip,” Geroux said. “The winner was superior to my horse today. We’re still happy with second. It’s not a win but this horse ran well and we’ll move forward from here.”

(Dontblamerocket upsets in the Colonel E.R. Bradley Stakes / Photo by Holly M. Smith)

Colonel E.R. Bradley Stakes: Dontblamerocket:

Norm Casse — Trainer of Dontblamerocket (1st):

“We had a big run around the turn and the race was over after that,” Casse said. “I think everybody dreams of winning a stakes race off the claim. I think we have been really successful doing it (claiming) just because we are realistic. Horses kind of dictate our decisions. This horse deserved to be in stake races because he had earned it. We look forward to seeing what he will do after this. I’d say that would be ideal thing to do is stay at Fair Grounds for the series (of turf stakes (Fair Grounds Stakes up next on February. 15).”

Julien Leparoux — Rider of Dontblamerocket:

“He did great,” Leparoux said. “We had a great trip. We stayed a couple lengths behind the two leaders and he was traveling around nice and relaxed. When I asked him, strong and was trying very hard for me.”

Adam Beschizza — Rider of Midnight Tea Time (2nd):

“I had a dream trip,” jockey Adam Beschizza said of the runner-up. “They went fast up front. That’s his ideal place to sit. If he has three or four to spot. He definitely does not like to be in front too soon, that’s what I’ve learned. Joe (trainer Sharp) has learned that also. Definitely a good trip, there are no excuses. He ran his race. The winner was by far the best.”