09/22/2006 11:00PM

Albarado wins four of five stakes


BOSSIER CITY, La. - Jockey Robby Albarado returned to his homestate of Louisiana on Saturday and won four of the five stakes run on one of the richest cards of the Louisiana Downs meet, including the Grade 2, $500,000 with Don'tbotherknocking.

Albarado secured the mount Strong Contender earlier this week after jockey Edgar Prado was unable to make the trip because of commitments in New York. Albarado picked up the mount on Don'tbotherknocking on Saturday, when inclement weather foiled the travel plans of that horse's regular rider, Quincy Hamilton.

"I picked him up at the last minute, just fell right into this spot," Albarado said of the mount on Don'tbotherknocking, who gave him his fourth stakes win on the day Saturday.

Don'tbotherknocking ($9.40) launched a strong rally through the stretch to win the Louisiana Downs Handicap for the second straight year. He covered the mile and a sixteenth over firm turf in 1:41.68. Trainer Bernell Rhone trains Don'tbotherknocking for Frank Jedlicki.

Earlier in the day, Albarado guided Kingship ($3.80) to a 3 3/4-length victory over Electric Chant in the $75,000 , a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds. It was the second stakes win for Kingship, who earlier this year won the Grade 3 Arlington Classic. He is trained by Ronny Werner.

Albarado also rode Birdbirdistheword ($14.20), who made a sweeping move to the lead into the stretch held off the charge of Going Ballistic to win the $100,000 by a half-length. The 1 1/16-mile turf race was the first stakes on the card. Birdbirdistheword, trained by Ken McPeek, covered the distance in 1:42.93.

* Brownie Points ($14.20) surged through the stretch for a one-length win over Aly's Vow in the $200,000 . It was another neck back in third to favorite Charming N Lovable. Brownie Points stalked the pace in fourth and rallied from along the inside for the win. Luis Quinonez rode the winner for trainer Donnie Von Hemel.