09/18/2012 3:11PM

Category Seven bred to English Channel, entered in sale

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Category Seven has been bred to English Channel and is scheduled to be sold this November at Keeneland.

Category Seven, a Louisiana Downs regular who between 2009 and 2011 won six stakes races, is due to have a foal by English Channel next March or April, said her longtime trainer, Kenny Hargrave.

“We sure miss her,” Hargrave said.

Category Seven was retired to Kentucky this past spring. She closed her career with a record of 14 wins from 54 starts and earnings of $563,911. Category Seven, who raced for James Perron, is a 7-year-old daughter of Gulf Storm. Her chief wins included the $50,000 Shiskabob over males at Louisiana Downs, one of three straight stakes scores she put together in 2010.

Hargrave said Category Seven is scheduled to sell at the November breeding stock auction at Keeneland.

Expanded catalog of yearlings

The Breeders Sales Company of Louisiana has expanded the catalog for its sale next Tuesday to 168 yearlings after receiving 12 late entries last Friday. The annual auction will be held at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center in West Monroe, La. It will begin at 10 a.m. Central. The full list of yearlings in the sale, as well as the webcast of the auction on Tuesday, is available at www.louisianabred.com.

Among the stallions represented with offspring at the sale are Canadian Frontier, Eddington, Graeme Hall, Half Ours, Ide, Invasor, Kodiak Kowboy, Mr. Nightlinger, My Pal Charlie, Pioneerof the Nile, Stevie Wonderboy, and Valid Expectations.

◗ Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, La., has amended its Thoroughbred dates request for 2013. The track has asked for an 84-date meet that opens April 17 and continues through Sept. 7. The new request mirrors the track’s traditional dates, while in its prior application it had sought to open earlier, on April 3, and close earlier, on Aug. 24.

The dates request will be heard during a two-day Louisiana Racing Commission meeting Sept. 27-28. The original meeting was canceled due to Hurricane Isaac. Also on the agenda, the commission will hear its first cases on positive tests for the illegal painkiller dermorphin.

◗ Fair Grounds in New Orleans will launch a traveling fan education program that will make stops at five of its offtrack betting parlors starting Oct. 18. The “Horse Talk Happy Hours” sessions will run on consecutive Thursdays, from 6-7 p.m.. The first will be at the Elmwood OTB site on Oct. 18, then at Metairie (Oct. 25), Covington (Nov. 1), Gretna (Nov. 8), and Kenner (Nov. 15). Fair Grounds executives, such as racing secretary Jason Boulet, will field questions, and there will be prizes for those who pick the winners of designated simulcast races. The gatherings are a build-up to the meet that opens on Thanksgiving Day.

◗ Louisiana Downs moves into the final week of its meet Thursday.