05/28/2011 10:53PM

Remington: New sneakers for Louisiana Senator

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A new set of shoes have helped Louisiana Senator burst to the top of the Quarter Horse charts this year. To retain his No. 1 ranking among the nation’s older horses, he will have to defeat an elite field in tonight's Grade 1, $250,000 Remington Park Championship.  

Louisiana Senator’s competition includes a pair of world champions, Stolis Winner, who is the all-time richest Quarter Horse, and Freaky, who will be making his first start outside of Los Alamitos. Together, the race’s 12 starters have combined to earn $7.1 million. 

“It’s a stellar field,” said Heath Reed, who co-owns and trains Louisiana Senator.

Reed and his partners, Terry Wootan and Joe David Yates, purchased the 5-year-old Louisiana Senator in January. Reed said he was a $48,000 buy at the Heritage Place auction in Oklahoma City. The purchase came years after Reed was the underbidder on the yearling Louisiana Senator, a horse he liked because his family raised Louisiana Senator’s dam, Corona Perfection. 

“As soon as we bought him we took his shoes off,” said Reed, explaining that the walls of the horse’s hooves were thin. “We started putting glue-on shoes on him, and when we pulled the nail-on shoes and put those glue-on shoes on him, that horse really went to bouncing. 

“He’s run in them every time.” 

Louisiana Senator has won both of his starts for Reed, by clear margins at Remington. . His first score for his new connections came in the Grade 2 Eastex, by a length on March 6. He proceeded to take the Grade 1 Leo by a length and three-quarters in his last start March 26. 

“He’s on top of his game,” said Reed, who credited both the horse’s talent for the success as well as the work of blacksmith Tony Andrews.