09/17/2013 3:42PM

Louisiana notes: Designer Legs to make one more start before Breeders' Cup

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Tom Keyser
Designer Legs (left), who was placed first in the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes, will make one more start before the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Designer Legs, a graduate of the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association’s annual yearling auction, which will be renewed next Tuesday in West Monroe, is being pointed for the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies, trainer Dallas Stewart said. The 1 1/16-mile race will be run at Santa Anita on Nov. 2.

Designer Legs, a Louisiana-bred daughter of Graeme Hall, was a $10,000 purchase at last year’s Breeders Sales Co. of Louisiana yearling auction. She has compiled a 3-for-4 record and earnings of $189,000 for Valene Farms.

Her r é sum é includes a win in the Grade 2 Adirondack Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 11, a race in which she finished second by a neck and was placed first. Designer Legs previously had won the $75,000 Prairie Meadows Gold Lassie in Iowa. Stewart said plans for her next start, which will be her final stepping-stone to the Breeders’ Cup, are being determined.

“We’re trying to decide where we want to run her, Keeneland or New York,” he said. “The Alcibiades or the Frizette.”

Both Grade 1 races are Win and You’re In events for the BC Juvenile Fillies. The $400,000 Alcibiades, run at 1 1/16 miles on Polytrack at Keeneland, is Oct. 4. The $500,000 Frizette, at a mile at Belmont Park, is Oct. 5.

Designer Legs made her most recent start Sept. 1, finishing fifth in the Grade 1 Spinaway at seven furlongs at Saratoga.

“It was very, very muddy, and she just couldn’t get on track until late,” Stewart said.

Stewart said Designer Legs emerged from the race in excellent condition, and he is looking forward to additional distance for the filly, whose sire won the Arkansas Derby and Jim Dandy Stakes in 2000. Elegant Designer, the dam of Designer Legs, was a four-time stakes winner who won the 1 1/16-mile Busher Stakes at Aqueduct in 2003.

The Louisiana yearling auction will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. Central at the Ike Hamilton Expo Center. There are 202 yearlings cataloged.

Eramia wrapping up third title

Richard Eramia is closing in on his third consecutive Louisiana Downs riding title, with a 26-win advantage in the standings heading into the final week of the meet Thursday. He has 119 wins from 530 starts, and his mount earnings of $1,829,280 leads all jockeys at the Bossier City track.

Louisiana Downs closes its season Sunday.

“I’m very happy with the meet and very happy it’s been consistent the last four years,” said Eramia, 34.

Eramia, who shifted his tack to Louisiana four years ago after being based in Texas, won last year’s title with 127 wins from 577 starts. His mounts earned a meet-best $1,974,549. In 2011, Eramia won his first Louisiana Downs title with 129 wins from 594 starters. His mounts that year earned $1,862,652.

Highlights of Eramia’s 2013 season include a 5-for-8 afternoon and a score with Gantry in the $50,000 Temperence Hill on Sept. 7. For the effort, Gantry earned a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 105.

“He was very impressive,” Eramia said. “He finished very strong.”

Eramia said another notable mount has been String King, a top-class Louisiana-bred with whom he won the $100,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic at Louisiana Downs in August.

Eramia said that in addition to quality mounts and the support of owners and trainers, he attributes his strong meet to the work of his longtime agent, Rick Mocklin. The pair will head next to Fair Grounds, where Eramia will be based. Prior to the start of that meet in November, Eramia plans to ride for a couple of weeks at Delta Downs in October. He said he also could have some mounts at Remington Park and Retama.

Eramia was a five-time title winner in his native Uruguay before coming to North America in 2005.

Don Simington, who ranks second in the Louisiana Downs standings with 93 wins and mount earnings of $1,266,096, said he will base next at Delta Downs.

Toby Keith homebred leads feature

Fatty Langbein will step up in class in search of his third straight win Thursday in the seventh race at Louisiana Downs. The second-level allowance at 1 1/16 miles on turf has an optional-claiming price of $17,500.

Fatty Langbein, who owns the field’s best career turf Beyer, races for his breeder, the Dream Walkin’ Farms operation of country-music singer Toby Keith. Roman Chapa has the mount for trainer Joe Duhon.

◗ Louisiana Downs will run six restricted stakes worth a cumulative $600,000 on Saturday as part of its Southern Showcase program. The stakes include races restricted to horses bred in Arkansas.

◗ Stemmans Inc. announced that its winter mixed sale will be Jan.  5. For the second year in a row, the venue will be Blackham Coliseum in Lafayette, La.