Longleggedlaverne capped a fantastic racing season with a win on the final day ticket and sealed the deal as the 2022 Leading Thoroughbred at Horseshoe Indianapolis. Led by Joe Ramos, the lanky five-year-old mare claimed her seventh win at the meeting, setting a new record for most wins in a meeting by a horse in both the Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse categories.
Longleggedlaverne’s journey was full of twists and turns for coach Tianna Richardville. She claimed the mare by three in the fall of 2020 at Horseshoe Indianapolis and had two wins in four starts before losing her by claim at Churchill Downs. She went to Fair Grounds with her new connections, but Richardville kept an eye on her. When they dropped her at a price of $5,000, she reclaimed her back to her barn again.
“I asked for it for $20,000, and then it dropped to $5,000 at the fairgrounds,” Richardville explained. “I put her in a seven way shake and took her back to Indiana. She is very difficult to handle and very aggressive in the mornings so that probably helped them lower their price. She’s got quite a bit of poise, but I know if she’s kicking and squeaking in the barn, she’s ready to go.”
The Longleggedlaverne connections will receive a blanket honoring their achievement as the Most Successful Thoroughbred of the 2022 meeting
Since her return to the Richardville Stable, Longleggedlaverne has won eight races with the American Lion mare, including seven wins in her last nine starts. She has just returned from the Claiming Crown Glass Slipper, where she finished fourth at Churchill Downs before ending her five-year campaign with a win at Indiana. Jockey Joe Ramos has been on board for all of their eight wins with Richardville, owned by Thirstyacres Racing LLC.
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“She just fired this year,” Richardville said. “Last year I had Leading Horse with wildcard Prado so to have it again this year with ‘Laverne’ is very special. I’m quite proud to have had two really nice horses in my stable over the last few years.”
Longleggedlaverne now has 14 career wins in 39 career starts. Her bankroll is now just under $200,000 lifetime. She’s 11 out of 12 at the Horseshoe Indianapolis. Racing Vice President and General Manager Eric Halstrom presented the winning circle to Richardville and Troy Wage of Thirstyacres Racing along with Longleggedlaverne jockey Joe Ramos.
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