Al Stall Jr. toes the line of favorite and longshot when it comes to the 80-day meet being held at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots this year. However, the New Orleans-native has easily exceeded any expectations placed on him, as he has been a part of six winning races out of his 11 first starts. Two of those wins were of the stakes variety — Seaside Candy winning the Si Cima Stakes and Yockey’s Warrior taking home the Thanksgiving Handicap. Stall Jr. also has three additional second-place finishes and has finished outside of the top-four just once.
“Racing is great when things go well for you,” said Stall. “You just have to know how to deal with it when they don’t. We had a slow summer and we had little issues with horses. Seaside Candy and Yockey’s Warrior are great examples where they went through a lot of minor setbacks and we had to be patient and give them the time they needed.
“The game isn’t as difficult when they’re sound. When you get all that behind you is when you start having your horses doing well together—and we have some more coming after the turn of the year that I really like and are exciting. Hopefully we will do well.”
The six wins places Stall at the top of the Fair Grounds standings, two spots ahead of last year’s meet champion Mike Stidham. Through the first six races days, Stall has earned $202,260, which is 29.3 percent of what he earned the entire 2015-2016 season ($683,175).