03/28/2009 12:00AM

Alphadoodle long gone in Happy Ticket


NEW ORLEANS - Turning a sharp break into a comfortable lead, Alphadoodle wired the field in the $60,000 Happy Ticket, one of four stakes for statebreds on the last Saturday of racing at the Fair Grounds.

Breaking from the 1 hole, jockey Robby Albarado got Alphadoodle away from the gate the quickest in the field of six fillies and mares, leaving the other speed well behind. She turned back a stretch charge from odds-on favorite Coach Mike and pulled away to win by two lengths. Coach Mike edged Sax Appeal by a neck for second.

"She busted out of the gate really well and put herself into the race," said Albarado. "I thought they had a lot of speed, but I guess with her break they left us alone."

Alphadoodle is trained by Frank Leggio and earned $36,000 for her owners, Keith and Earl Hernandez and John Duvielh. She paid $20 to win and covered the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.66.

"Everything came together with a great ride," said Leggio. "She broke out, they left us alone, and she had a kick at the end."

Mr. Porter winds way to win

Jockey James Graham guided Mr. Porter between foes in the stretch and they rallied to win the $60,000 John Jackson Memorial Stakes by a half-length.

The favorite in the nine-horse field of older horses, Mr. Porter rated in sixth until the turn, when Graham sent him inside, then eased him back out entering the drive. Mr. Porter went on to cover the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:04.60. Myoldmansam finished second, three-quarters of a length before Ide Like a Double in third.

Mr. Porter earned $36,000 for his connections, trainer Tom Amoss and owner Maggi Moss, and paid $7.20 to win.

Seven Seventythree prevails in duel

Seven Seventythree ranged up alongside Muffin in the stretch of the $75,000 Crescent City Oaks, and they dueled to the wire, with Seven Seventythree prevailing by a neck in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-old fillies.

The less heralded half of the Heiligbrodt Racing Stable entry, Seven Seventythree appeared to be losing ground nearing the wire, but came back and caught Muffin under Albarado. Muffin finished sixth lengths in front of favorite Warrior Maid, who held third after briefly leading at the top of the stretch. Seven Seventythree's entrymate, Plea, broke down during the race.

Trained by Steve Asmussen, Seven Seventythree went the 1 1/16 miles in 1:39.83. She paid $7.60 to win.

Milwaukee Miracle doubles up

Milwaukee Miracle won his second straight stakes, taking over in midstretch of the $75,000 Crescent City Derby and drawing off to win by 4 1/4 lengths. Break Up was second, and pacesetter Silent Pipe held on to finish third in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds.

After racing near last for the first half mile, jockey Gabriel Saez sent Milwaukee Miracle forward. He began passing foes on the turn and kept on going to the wire.

Milwaukee Miracle paid $12.60 to win, and went the 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.40. He earned $45,000 for his connections, trainer Bob Young and owner Tom Curtis. Milwaukee Miracle was coming off a 2 1/2-length victory in the Gentilly on the Fair Grounds turf.