Updated on 09/15/2011 1:33PM

Yet another Hallowed Dreams win


NEW ORLEANS - This was nothing new. Hallowed Dreams routed the opposition Saturday at Fair Grounds, winning the $60,000 Dr. A.B. Leggio Handicap* (click here for chart) by 4 1/2 lengths.

Hallowed Dreams won for the 25th time in 27 races, and will probably not wait long to go for her 26th victory. Trainer Lloyd Romero, who owns the filly in partnership with Johnny Gaspard, said that Hallowed Dreams will return next week in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Sprint.

Hallowed Dreams had to survive a claim of foul lodged by Kirk Leblanc, who rode the runner-up, Repository. Leblanc claimed that Hallowed Dreams and jockey Sylvester Carmouche had fouled his mount coming out of the gate, but though Hallowed Dreams did break inward, the claim was not allowed.

Hallowed Dreams, who paid $3.20, set the track record for six furlongs on dirt here last year. She crushed the stakes record in the Leggio, running about 5 1/2 furlongs on turf in 1:03.82. Hallowed Dreams has won all three of her grass starts.

Hallowed Dreams was outrun early - probably by design - as Cheryl P. went to the lead coming out of the gate. Carmouche kept Hallowed Dreams inside as she ran down the backstretch and around the far turn, and when he asked Hallowed Dreams to go after the leader at the quarter pole, she quickly made the front and opened up, running by herself through the stretch.

Repository, a 25-1 shot, ran the stretch well to finish second, two lengths in front of Cheryl P. Second-choice Serena's Tune made a bid turning for home but flattened out.

Arctic Boy wins in comeback

Arctic Boy, making his first start since finishing 12th in the Kentucky Derby, made a powerful stretch rally and edged Stable Secret in the sixth race.

Arctic Boy, who just missed winning the Grade 3 Southwest Stakes earlier in the spring, showed no public workouts for his return from a seven-month break, but trainer Tony Richey said the colt had been working regularly at Catfish Fork Ranch, a training center in Orr City, Texas.

"I had him as fit as I could without getting a race in him," said Richey, who trains the colt for owner-breeder Royce Roberts.

Richey said Arctic Boy wasn't himself after his effort in the Derby, and the decision was made to give the colt the summer off and bring him back to the races at Fair Grounds. Arctic Boy will be pointed for the Dec. 22 Woodchopper Handicap here, a turf race for 3-year-olds.

Dr. A.B. Leggio Handicap Chart*

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