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Stakes Recap: Louisiana Futurities

Dixie Beat Drums Foes in $97,605 Louisiana Futurity; Nurse Emielle Best of 11 in $106,105 Filly Division

Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch’sDixie Beat proved the third time the charm when he captured the colts and geldings division of Tuesday’s $97,605 Louisiana Futurity by a neck.

After finishing second in his first start at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Nov. 24, the Louisiana-bred colt ran third in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile Dec. 14 but made amends for those two defeats with his gutsy pace-prompting victory on New Year’s Eve, his final day as a 2-year-old.

“He broke exceptionally well and ran huge all the way around,” said winning rider Robby Albarado.  “I really didn’t want to be that close early but he gave me everything he had when I asked him for it.”

Dixie Beat paid $10, $4.20 and $2.80 and toured the six-furlong distance in 1:11.64 while advancing his career earnings to $100,563 with his second win in four career starts.

Bob Gorsky et al.’s Yankee Gambler, also trained by Calhoun, finished second, paying $3.60 and $2.80, while Rodney Verret’s pace-setting Forerun, who accomplished early splits of21.90 and 45.78, held down the show position a neck farther back and returned $3. 

In the $106,105 filly division of the Louisiana Futurity, Bleu and Lacie Schniederjan’s Nurse Emmielle, trained by Steven Duke, made the pace along the rail with fractions of 21.75 and 45.98 and held sway in the lane under a hard drive by James Graham to win by one length in 1:12.72.

“When she turned for home I just let her loose and away she went,” said Graham. “She just kept widening her stride as she got closer to the wire.”

Nurse Emmielle paid $14.60, $7.20 and $5.60 and increased her career earnings to $89,553 with her second win in seven lifetime starts.

Wayne Davis’s long shot Top Doll finished second, paying $46.20 and $20.60 while finishing a half-length in front of Virginia Lazenby’s French Celebrity, who returned $9.80 in the third spot.

Racing resumes Wednesday, New Year’s Day at Fair Grounds, with a nine-race program beginning at 1 p.m.