09/08/2011 4:27PM

Louisiana Downs: Barn fire survivor returns


Keep On Smokin, who sustained second- and third-degree burns in a Texas barn fire in February that claimed the lives of 25 of his stablemates, makes his return to competition in the upcoming eighth race at Louisiana Downs. The $25,000 optional claiming turf sprint drew a strong cast of horses led by Pale Blazer and Royal Production.

Keep On Smokin had months of intense veterinary care to recover from the burns, which were located just below the withers and down his back to his hindquarters. His recovery included 12 hyperbaric oxygen chamber treatments. Thursday, he will break from post 6, under Filemon Rodriguez. Charlie Hukill trains Keep On Smokin for John Pittman.