and Jonathan Bachman
Only in New Orleans can you one minute be looking for a festive hat and the next in the Winner’s Circle with a Derby hopeful wearing a feather boa. Much of it can be attributed to the Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler
|Laurie Hicks, with Stride correspondent Maria Glorioso|
|Patti and Julie Reeves in the winner's circle.|
|Mucho Macho Man, looking as macho as he can while wearing|
boas - post Risen Star win.
Those hats are now considered lucky hats. After disappointing in his last start, Mucho Macho Man redeemed himself, another very Mardi Gras concept. His win in the Risen Star Stakes brought my new acquaintances from Reeves Thoroughbred Racing Stables $180,000 in grades stakes earnings for the Kentucky Derby trail. The 3-year-old son of Macho Uno also reveled in the Mardi Gras spirit that enveloped the day. He proudly pranced out of the winner’s circle wearing two boas of his own! I heard he was going to Bourbon St. to celebrate.
|Ms. Mardi Gras Fair Grounds, Laurie Hicks|
|The winning connections in the winner's circle at|
the Fair Grounds Race Course. (Jonathan
Bachman/ Eclipse Sportswire)
|The paddock at the Fair Grounds|