12/12/2015 8:21PM

Platinum Lady connects at 17-1 in Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint

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Robby Albarado collects one of his three wins on the card aboard Platinum Lady in the Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint.

Platinum Lady made the most of a perfect ride by Robby Albarado to upset the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Ladies Sprint, the last of seven statebred Thoroughbred stakes on the Saturday card at Fair Grounds.

Earlier in the day, Albarado won the Champions Day Ladies on Pacific Pink. He completed a hat trick by winning a maiden race in the final race on the card.

After breaking from the outside post in the 12-horse Ladies Sprint, Albarado settled Platinum Lady just off 5-2 favorite Fancy Madelyn and Vivian Da Bling, who dueled on the lead through quick splits of 21.90 and 45.83 seconds. Platinum Lady took the lead outside horses in upper stretch and then held Lady Grantham at bay through the final sixteenth to win by 1 1/4 lengths.

Platinum Lady, owned and bred by Valene Farms and trained by Eric Heitzmann, paid $36.60 and was timed in 1:11.88.

“She broke really well today,” Albarado said. “Historically, you wouldn’t want the 12 hole but the way she runs it was not a problem.”

Lady Grantham had a difficult trip at 4-1. She broke slowly, advanced in tight quarters along the rail nearing the far turn, was taken well out in the track for the stretch run, had aim on the winner, but lacked the needed kick.

Wind Chill Factor, who finished third, also had traffic problems. She tried to come up inside the leaders in upper stretch but could not get through. Jockey Denny Velazquez took her to the outside and she re-rallied to be beaten a nose for second.

Fancy Madelyn, who was fractious in the gate, tired to finish sixth.

Snappy Girl missed the break and got away several lengths behind the field.

 Juvenile: Sea Vow turns back in distance

Sea Vow, winner of the one-mile Louisiana Legacy Stakes at Delta Downs in his last start, cut back to one turn and six furlongs to take the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile.

The win was the second stakes score on the Fair Grounds card for owner Ronald Webb, who also won the $100,000 Champions Day Turf with Hot Zapper. Webb bred both horses.

The Juvenile was marred by the breakdown of 7-2 favorite Bayou Banker, who was pulled up soon after the start by Miguel Mena and, according to Fair Grounds stewards, had to be euthanized. A $275,000 2-year-old purchase by West Point Thoroughbreds, Bayou Banker had won a Churchill Downs maiden race in his prior start for trainer Dallas Stewart.

Sea Vow vied for the early lead inside John’s Luck. He drew clear in upper stretch and then held off Mageez to win by 2 1/4 lengths.

Sea Vow is trained by Joseph Foster and was ridden by Alexander Castillo. He paid $13.20 to win as the fourth choice in the 14-horse field. Sea Vow was timed in 1:11.79 after fractions of 21.95, 45.60, and 57.58.

“They were smoking right along,” Foster said. “He ran a super race.”

Mageez, outrun early, worked his way through traffic on the far turn and was moving well at the finish to run down Icy Gentlemen for second. Icy Gentlemen, who was forwardly placed outside horses throughout at 32-1, finished a head behind Mageez. Early leader John’s Luck finished fourth, three-quarters of a length farther back.