08/09/2006 12:00AM

Happy Ticket to prep once for BC


Happy Ticket returned to Louisiana Downs on Tuesday afternoon following her second-place finish in the Grade 2, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch at Del Mar and will make one more start before the Breeders' Cup Distaff, said her trainer, Andrew Leggio Jr.

Leggio said Happy Ticket is to run in either the Grade 1, $600,000 Beldame at Belmont Park on Oct. 7 or the Grade 1, $500,000 Spinster at Keeneland on Oct. 8. Last year, she was second in the Beldame.

Happy Ticket walked the shed row on Wednesday.

"She'll probably walk for 10 days or so," said Leggio. "That's what I do with her every time she runs, just let her get back her energy, let her get pumped up again."

Happy Ticket won the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis at Churchill Downs in June, and earlier this year was second in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom Handicap.