Louisiana-bred wins Grade I race on Belmont undercard
No Parole, a Louisiana-bred with New Orleans connections, broke from the gate on top and never looked back in winning the Grade I Woody Stephens Stakes on the Belmont Stakes undercard Saturday at Belmont Park.
No Parole is trained by New Orleans native Tom Amoss and owned by Maggi Moss and New Orleanian Greg Tramontin. The win was the fifth in six career starts for the 3-year-old son of Violence and nearly doubled his career earnings to $268,366.
No Parole broke from the rail on top of the field of five and extended his lead to as much as four lengths at mid-stretch. The final margin was 3¾ lengths. No Parole covered the seven furlongs in 1:21.41.
The last Louisiana-bred to win a Grade I, the highest rating given to open stakes races in North America, was also owned by Moss and trained by Amoss – Big World, who captured the 2017 La Troienne Stakes on the undercard of the Kentucky Derby. For Amoss, it is his fifth career Grade I win and first since Serengeti Empress captured the Kentucky Oaks last May.
Three other Louisiana-breds have won Grade I races – the filly Happy Ticket in the Ballerina Stakes at Saratoga in 2005, Free Spirit’s Joy in the Super Derby at Louisiana Downs in 1991, and Stormy But Valid in the Santa Anita Handicap at Santa Anita Park in 1990.
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Lenny was involved in college athletics starting in the early 1980s, when he began working Tulane University sporting events while still attending Archbishop Rummel High School. He continued that relationship as a student at Loyola University, where he graduated in 1987. For the next 11 years, Vangilder worked in the sports information offices at Southwestern Louisiana (now UL-Lafayette) and Tulane;…