Red Rally and The Rumor's True Win Divisions of Louisiana Futurity
Dan Lynch, Ken Sentel and Merrill Scherer’s Red Rally broke in full stride to make all the pace and increased the margin to six lengths at the wire when winning Thursday’s colts and gelding division of Fair Grounds’ $109,445 Louisiana Futurity as the 3-10 fan favorite.
“I couldn’t believe he got away like that,” said Merrill Scherer, who trains the horse for his owner-partners. “I’ll put him on the shelf for awhile, probably three or four months. I’ve run him hard this year and he deserves a break.”
Red Rally paid $2.60, $2.20 and $2.10, increased his career earnings to $298,493 with his fifth victory in nine lifetime starts and accomplished the six-furlong distance in 1:10.28 after setting early fractions of 22.27 and 46.05 under jockey Francisco Torres.
Southern Equine Stables’ Lovely Tribute finished second, returning $5.60 and $3.60 while a neck to the good of Heiligbrodt Racing Stable’s Heavenville, who paid $2.40.
In the filly division of Thursday’s $111,145 Louisiana Futurity, Northpointe Thoroughbreds’ The Rumor’s True, never far back, wore down pacesetter Geniesthreewishes, owned by Ashby Thoroughbreds and Cajun Racing LLC, in the last strides to tally by a length and a quarter. The Rumor’s True, ridden by Richard Eramia and trained by Steven Duke, recorded a final time for the three-quarter mile distance in 1:12.88, posted her third victory in nine lifetime starts and increased her career earnings to $233,797. She paid $9.20, $4.60 and $2.80
“She runs every time,” said Duke. “You put her on the track and she does her job, a real professional. Next year, as a 3-year-old, I don’t think you’ll see her in any more sprints. She’s really a two-turn horse.”
Geniesthreewishes paid $5 and $3 after recording early splits of 22.17 and 45.94, and Heiligbrodt Racing’s Lunar Fest returned $2.40 in the show position while 1 3/4-lengths farther back.
The Rumor’s True will be pointed to the $125,000 Louisiana Premier Night Starlet at Delta Downs on Feb. 6.
FULL STAKES QUOTES
$50,000 Louisiana Futurity—Filly Division
2-year-old fillies, accredited Louisiana-breds, six furlongs, 47th running
Jockey Richard Eramia (The Rumor’s True, winner): “It was a very clean trip. She broke sharp. She wasn’t liking the dirt in her face so I tried to keep her outside. I went wide at the three-eighths pole and she finished up real good.
“She’ll be better going routes, without question.”
Trainer Steven Duke (The Rumor’s True, winner): “She runs every time. You put her on the track and she does her job, a real professional.
“Next year, as a 3-year-old, I don’t think you’ll see her in any more sprints. She’s really a two-turn horse.
How do you keep a 2-year-old sound and happy through nine starts in seven months? “I have a great owner in Vic (Topper). He let me take my time with her. We galloped her for six months and that allowed us to build a solid foundation with her.
“She’s won now at five-and-a-half furlongs, six furlongs, and a mile-and-a-sixteenth. The only thing she doesn’t like is the wet track, like she had last time at Delta. When the races get to a mile, a mile-and-a-sixteenth, she’ll be really tough.
“I don’t want to get ahead of myself, but we would like to try her in one of the Grade III routes here. First, though, we’ve got the February 6 race at Delta Downs on Louisiana Premier Night (the $125,000 Louisiana Premier Night Starlet at seven furlongs). The money is so good for Louisiana-breds how can we pass that up?”
NOTE: Duke has been training “six or seven years” and usually has “six to nine horses.” His best horse was Dreamsandvisions, earner of more than $500,000 with stakes wins at Louisiana Downs, Lone Star Park, Sam Houston Race Park and Retama Park.
$50,000 Louisiana Futurity—Colts & Geldings Division
2-year-old colts and geldings, accredited Louisiana-breds, six furlongs, 47th running
Jockey Francisco Torres (Red Rally, winner): “First, I want to thank Mr. Ken (Sentel, co-owner) and all of the behind-the-scenes crew.
“He’s a professional and makes everything so easy. I found myself in the lead and just coasted.
“He’s a slight horse and I think he’ll be able to stretch out. He’s still got maturing to do.”
Trainer Merrill Scherer (Red Rally, winner): “I couldn’t believe he got away like that. I’ll put him on the shelf for a while—probably three or four months. I’ve run him pretty hard this year and he deserves a break.”