Happy American, outside, a son of Runhappy guided by James Graham, outduels Mr. Wireless and Forza Di Oro to win the G3 Louisiana Stakes
Lothenbach Stables’ Happy Americannotched to his second consecutive Fair Grounds stakes triumph when besting a pair of determined rivals late in the $150,000 Louisiana (G3) on Saturday.
Off the pace early in the 1 1/16-mile race, the 5-year-old Runhappy gelding unleashed a determined bid in the final furlong and outbattled front-runners Forza Di Oro and Mr. Wireless in the closing stages to prevail by a neck.
Mr. Wireless finished second, a neck to the good of Forza Di Oro, who was third after setting the early pace.
Ridden by James Graham for trainer Neil Pessin, Happy American covered the distance in 1:45.33 on a fast track, improving his career line to 5-1-3 from 16 starts and increasing his lifetime bankroll to $437,376.
He returned $10 for the victory.
Happy American was bred in Kentucky by Claiborne Farm. Out of the Quiet American mare Queen of America, he was a $385,000 Keeneland September yearling sale purchase in 2019 from his breeder’s consignment.
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