12/14/2012 3:38PM

Fair Grounds notes: Hollywood Hit headed to Bonapaw

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Michael Burns
Hollywood Hit, 6, will be making his turf debut in the Bonapaw.

NEW ORLEANS - Trainer Mike Stidham is preparing Grade 3 winner Hollywood Hit for the Bonapaw on Dec. 22.

Hollywood Hit, a 6-year-old gelding owned by Peter Redekop, is coming off a victory in an allowance/optional claiming race in early September at Woodbine.

Terry Jordan was his trainer there.

“I trained for Peter Redekop,” Stidham said. “I had Comedero for him. The season is over in Canada, so [Hollywood Hit] came south.”

Hollywood Hit, who has earned $660,447 in 22 starts, will be making his turf debut in the Bonapaw.

Papieses donate to rescue group

Remember Me Rescue, a non-profit organization founded by trainer Dallas Keen and wife Donna to rehabilitate and re-train retired racehorses, received a boost from Richard and Karen Papiese of Midwest Thoroughbreds Inc.

Donna Keen said that Richard Papiese “called me totally out of the blue” and donated $10,000 to the foundation, and he also pledged to build a rehabilitation barn at the Keens’ farm in Burleson, Texas.

“People who run that many horses, people think they don’t care, but he does care,” Donna Keen said.

Midwest Thoroughbreds Inc. leads the nation’s owners in victories and earnings.

◗ Jockey James Graham on Thursday rode his 1,500th winner, Dangerous Dream in the first race.

◗ A daughter of 2003 Fair Grounds Oaks winner Lady Tak won a maiden race Thursday. Melody Lady, a 2-year-old Unbridled’s Song filly ridden by Rosie Napravnik for trainer Steve Asmussen, ran six furlongs in 1:11.00 to win by 2 3/4 lengths in her second start.

Amy Hurley More than 1 year ago
A big shout-out and thank you to the Papieses for their generous donation to racehorse rescue. Now, the less-savory aspect of the sport: Mike Stidham states that "The season is over in Canada, so [Hollywood Hit] came south." Could it have anything to do with the fact that Terry Jordan is facing a 6-month suspension in Canada, which Louisiana presumably would honor, and that the horse who resulted in the suspension for Jordan was this very same Hollywood Hit?