GALLERY: Fair Grounds hosts star-studded field at Louisiana Champions Day


Grand Luwegee with jockey Colby Hernandez aboard goes wire to wire to capture the 30th running of the Louisiana Champions Day Classic at Fair Grounds. Photo: Hodges Photography / Amanda Hodges Weir

NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) — On Saturday, the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans hosted 10 stakes races on a jam-packed Louisiana Champions Day card, including the $100,000 Ladies Sprint race won in thrilling fashion by Louisiana-bred filly Ova Charged, who was a .40-1 favorite over Cilla (1.90-1).

“It’s an honor to ride for Jose’s stable, to ride Ova Charged,” said jockey Reylu Gutierrez.
“What a smart, talented, strong, physically and mentally imposing filly. I am really delighted I
can ride her.

“Two champion fillies neither of them deserved to lose.”

Champions Classic winner Grand Luwegee, who won last year’s race at 52-1 repeated with jocky Colby Hernandez on board.

“Coming out of the one hole we were definitely going to run just like last time. Gerrad
(trainer Perron) and his staff did a great job of getting this horse to the race and he ran a very
hard race,” Hernandez said. “Turning for home, when I slapped her more on the shoulder, she
kicked on.”

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