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The Real Game Draws Post Five for Saturday's $276,833 LQHBA Sales Futurity
Broadwall Farm’s The Real Game, fastest qualifier out of 12 trial races run Sept. 9, drew post position five for the $276,833 LQHBA Sales Futurity, the richest of four stakes races on Closing Day of the Summer Quarter Horse Meet this Saturday.
All of the top 10 qualifiers will run back in the Final, for Louisiana-breds at 350 yards. The next 10-fastest qualifying times comprise the field for the $48,852 LQHBA Sales Invitational to be run on the undercard. Other Closing Day stakes include the $30,000 DeSaix for 2-year-olds at 330 yards and the $30,000 Fair Grounds Bonus Challenge for older horses enrolled in the Bank of America Racing Challenge Program at 350 yards.
Also on Closing Day, the inaugural Street Fare Derby Presented by Budweiser marks the first major gathering of food trucks and pop-up vendors from around New Orleans. The afternoon of delicious eats from the street also includes live music by New Orleans mainstays Kermit Ruffins & The Barbecue Swingers (3-5 p.m.) and Papa Grows Funk (12:30-2:30 p.m.). Tickets are $10 in advance at www.StreetFareDerby.com or $15 at the door. A one-hour VIP Preview with early access beginning at 11:30 a.m. is also available online for $40 per person and includes a limited edition t-shirt, a reserved parking space, tastings from vendors, plus beer and cocktails.
The Real Game, a sorrel gelding by Game Patriot, earned his berth into the LQHBA Sales Futurity final with a time of 17.522 seconds for 350 yards. Trained by Edwin Ladner, The Real Game finished second in the $458,000 Lee Berwick Memorial Futurity at Delta Downs in July. The winner of that race, Robert Latham’s Little Bit Trashy, also qualified for the Final, fifth-fastest in 17.586.
The second-fastest LQHBA Sales Futurity qualifier, Kris Locklear’s Toast to Patriot, came out of the same trial race as The Real Game and Little Bit Trashy, finishing in 17.551.
Here’s the complete field for the LQHBA Sales Futurity, from the rail out (with trainer and jockey): Sharpp Dressed Man (Larry Kopycinski, Jeff Jerman); Fancy Panther (Eusevio Huitron, Santos Carrizales); Stolen Identity (Frank Cavazos, Raul Ramirez Jr.); Political Option (Kenny Roberts Sr., John Hamilton); The Real Game (Edwin Ladner, Danny Lavergne); Fly by Perry (Bobby Martinez, David Alvarez); Coors Select (Janet Van Bebber, Gilbert Ortiz), Mr Sonic Boom (Lance Moore, Eleazar Guillen); Toast to Patriot (Vann Haywood, Alfonso Lujan); and Little Bit Trashy (Van Bebber, Juan Vazquez).
All but one entrant has retained its same jockey from the trial races. Gilbert Ortiz rode two of the top 10 qualifiers and has landed on Coors Select for the final. As a result, Sharpp Dressed Man picked up Jeff Jerman to replace Ortiz.
“Q-Racing Ace” Martha Claussen at Fair Grounds Sept. 24
Martha Claussen of the American Quarter Horse Association’s “Q-Racing Aces” will return to Fair Grounds on Sept. 24 to share her insights into the day’s races. Fans will also be able to sign up for Q-Racing Ace t-shirts and receive free racing handouts, tip sheets and $2 betting vouchers.
The Q-Racing Aces are individuals who have been involved in American Quarter Horse and Thoroughbred racing as handicappers, racing writers and publicists.
The Q-Racing Aces have crisscrossed the country, making appearances from Hialeah Park in South Florida to Elko Park in Nevada, and were on hand for the return of Quarter Horse racing at Fort Erie Race Track in Ontario, Canada. The group has been present at major events including the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs and the Bank of America Challenge Championships at Fair Grounds.
For more information on the Q-Racing Aces, visit the American Quarter Horse Association website at aqharacing.com or become a friend on Facebook (search “Q-Racing-Aces”).