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Racing Recap: Marchman Takes Woodchopper

The Fair Grounds' trio of top Thanksgiving weekend races haven’t given the photo finish camera much work. Saturday's Woodchopper Stakes capped off the run of dominating performances, as Martin Racing Stable's Marchman went the distance in the lead to win by 2 3/4 lengths.


Marchman's trainer Bret Calhoun was worried about the sophomore's ability to go the full mile, but he proved he had the stuff in the $75,000 stakes.


“He relaxed well for me down the backside, and when I asked him to pick it up in the lane he had a lot to give me," jockey Jamie Theriot said.


Marine Patrol, owned by Gary and Mary West, finished second, while Tri-Star Racing's Brown Almighty came in for show.


Marchman returned mutuels of $12.60, $6.40 and $4.80. Marine Patrol paid $7.00 and $5.40, while Brown Almighty paid $6.60.


Racing resumes at the Fair Grounds Sunday with a nine-race card that kicks off at 1 p.m.


-Stephen Babcock

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