Siente El Trueno Wins Sunday Feature
Feel the Thunder Stable and David Cassidy’s Siente El Trueno was allowed to settle just off the early pace in Sunday’s featured $51,000 six-furlong allowance optional claiming race at Fair Grounds, came up to challenge for command entering the stretch and drew off for a 1 3/4-length score under current leading rider Rosie Napravnik.
Trained by Mike Stidham, the son of City Zip toured the three-quarter mile distance in 1:10.58, increased his career earnings to $65,770 with his second victory in four lifetime starts and paid $4.60, $3.40 and $2.60 as the choice of the fans.
Louie Roussel III’s Holiday Ballad, unhurried early, came up to challenge the winner in upper stretch, could not stay with that one but continued willingly to be easily second best, finishing 2 1/4-lengths to the good of Betty and Joni Butzow’s I Am the Sheriff.
Holiday Ballad paid $11.20 and $4.40 and I Am the Sheriff returned $3 to show.
Racing resumes Monday at Fair Grounds with a nine-race program beginning at 12:40 p.m.
About Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots
Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, the nation’s third-oldest racetrack, has been in operation since 1872. Located in New Orleans, Fair Grounds is owned by Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN); it also operates a slot-machine gaming facility and 10 off-track betting parlors throughout southeast Louisiana. The 139th Thoroughbred Racing Season runs through March 27, 2011, highlighted by the 98th Grade II Louisiana Derby on March 26. Information about Fair Grounds can be found online at www.FairGroundsRaceCourse.com.