05/10/2007 11:00PM

Happy Ticket, Our Love both in foal


Happy Ticket, who was based last year at Louisiana Downs, and Our Love, who was voted the track's horse-of-the-meet, have both gone on to new careers as broodmares. Happy Ticket has been bred to Distorted Humor, and Our Love, to Fusaichi Pegasus.

Happy Ticket retired as the all-time richest Loui-siana-bred last Nov-ember, with earnings of $1.6 million. She spent much of her year at Louisiana Downs, shipping from the Bossier City, La., track to win the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis at Churchill Downs in June, and to Del Mar to finish second in the Grade 2 Clement Hirsch in August.

Happy Ticket closed out her career by finishing third - placed second because of a disqualification - in the Breeders' Cup Distaff. Distorted Humor was a good match for her, said her owner and breeder, Stewart Madison.

"He's a very versatile horse, and she was very versatile," said Madison. "He gets a lot of different kind of horses. And he's just a very good sire."

Happy Ticket was bred in February, Madison said. She is based at Glencrest Farm in Midway, Ky.

Happy Ticket, a 6-year-old mare by Anet, was trained by Andrew Leggio Jr.. Later this year Madison said he plans to send a 2-year-old half-sister to Happy Ticket to Leggio. The unnamed filly, who is by Zarbyev, is in training at a farm. The earliest she would run would be this fall at Louisiana Downs, Madison said.

Our Love was retired last October. She has since been bred to Fusaichi Pegasus, confirmed an official with Ashford Stud, which stands the 2000 Kentucky Derby winner.

Our Love went 4 for 4 last meet at Louisiana Downs, and retired with 10 wins from 23 starts overall and earnings of $371,835. She raced for Alane Inc and was trained by Jeff Trosclair. There were many high points in the career of Our Love, a 7-year-old by the Fit to Fight stallion Combat Ready.

"Her record at Louisiana Downs was just unbelievable," Trosclair said. "I ran her 11 times on the Louisiana Downs turf course, and she won nine and had two seconds. She won from five furlongs to a mile and a sixteenth."

Among her wins last year at Louisiana Downs were the $100,000 Matchmaker on the Louisiana Downs Champions Day program, and the $53,000 Majorette in September.

My Special Love, a full sister to Our Love, will run in the sixth race at Louisiana Downs on Sunday. She races for Foxwood Plantation and is trained by Ray Spencer.

Trosclair, a longtime regular at Louisiana Downs, is currently based at Delaware Park.

Lonnie Meche due back this summer

Jockey Lonnie Meche, who won the riding title last meet at Louisiana Downs, is currently mending from injuries sustained in a spill at Evangeline Downs on April 7, said meche's agent, Tony Martin. Martin is hopeful Meche will return to race riding in June or July.

Martin said Meche sustained a hairline ankle fraction and a fractured knee in the spill. It happened in the seventh race, when Meche's mount, the multiple stakes winner Zarb's Luck, broke down and fell in the early stages of a $30,000 claiming sprint.

"I talked to him last week and he said his ankle feels fine," Martin said of Meche. "Just the knee takes time to heal."

Meche won the title last year with 99 wins, and also led all riders in earnings at the meet with $1,940,755.

Dime superfectas debut

Louisiana Downs was to begin offering 10-cent superfectas on Saturday. The track also announced plans to bring back the quinella wager.

* Court Mary is a candidate to wire the field Sunday when she makes her turf debut in the featured eighth race, a first-level allowance for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares at a mile. She comes into the race off a second-place finish in a first-level allowance for statebreds at Fair Grounds. John Jacinto has the mount for trainer Larry Robideaux Jr.

* Northern Scene ($7) won a five-way photo in the fifth race, an optional claimer on turf, at Louisiana Downs on Friday.