01/23/2006 12:00AM

Fair Grounds: Happy Ticket scratches

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There were four stakes races on closing day at the Fair Grounds meet at Louisiana Downs, but the biggest story was not who won, but who didn't run, as Grade 1 winner Happy Ticket was scratched from the $104,650 Lagniappe Ladies Sprint after the track came up sloppy.

"I just didn't want to take a chance running her in that," said trainer Andy Leggio. "When you got a nice filly like this, you don't take any chances with her."

Destiny Calls ($4.20), scratched out of Saturday's Lagniappe Ladies, took command of the Ladies Sprint under James Graham at the top of the stretch and went on to a three-length victory, running 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:05.16.

* Nitro Chip ($4.20) ground out a tough half-length win in the $105,650 Lagniappe Classic, beating a stubborn Prince T.

* Rain moved the $80,875 Black Gold Stakes from turf to dirt, two scratches reduced the field to six, and Kingsfield ($4) romped to victory in his first start around two turns.

* Grand Facile scored a 6-1 upset in the $104,850 Crescent City Oaks, which also was moved from turf to dirt.