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Mr Sonic Boom Wins $276,833 LQHBA Sales Futurity on Closing Day

In front of a record crowd several thousand strong on Closing Day of the 2011 Summer Quarter Horse Meet, owner-breeder-trainer Lance Moore’s Mr Sonic Boom led every step of the way and held on by a head in the $276,833 Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association Sales Futurity for 2-year-old Louisiana-breds at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

The Easy Winning Jet gelding, ridden by Eleazar Guillen, completed the 350 yards in 17.358 seconds and earned a 108 Speed Index. A $2 win bet on Mr Sonic Boom, fifth choice in the wagering, returned $12.80.

Coors Select stayed on gamely to hold second, a neck ahead of third-place finisher Political Option. The final order was completed by Stolen Identity, Toast to Patriot, Sharpp Dressed Man, The Real Game, Fancy Panther, betting favorite Fly by Perry and Little Bit Trashy.

Mr Sonic Boom earned $113,991 for the win, his fourth in a row and fourth overall, improving his career record to 10-4-2-1.

Acorn, No Crown Tonight, Smoak Win Undercard Stakes

Jobaya Foreman & Julie Strenge’s Smoak closed strongly in the final yards to win the $48,852 LQHBA Sales Invitational for 2-year-old Louisiana-breds at 350 yards. The Oak Tree Special gelding, ridden by John Hamilton for trainer Kenny Roberts Sr., stopped the timer in 17.641 seconds and returned $9.40 on a $2 win bet.

Tracy Taylor’s No Crown Tonight set a new track record of 16.598 seconds for 330 yards in the $30,000 DeSaix Stakes for 2-year-olds at 330 yards. The Louisiana-bred Special Crown Royal gelding, ridden by Jarrod Deschamp for trainer Heath Taylor, paid $26.20 as the seventh-longest shot on the board.

Rose Mary Chandler’s Acorn suffered a difficult trip and still managed to get up in the last jump of the $30,000 Fair Grounds Bonus Challenge Stakes for older horses at 350 yards. The odds-on favorite, a 4-year-old Oak Tree Special gelding ridden by Alfonso Lujan for trainer Janet Van Bebber, crossed the wire in 17.544 seconds and paid $3.80 to win.

Meet Leaders

Danny Lavergne earned the leading jockey title and Kenny Roberts Sr. clinched his second consecutive leading trainer crown in tight contests that came down to the final few races of the season. Lavergne took the outright lead for the first time on Closing Day, winning four races on the card and finishing with 16 victories, three ahead of Alfonso Lujan with 13. Roberts also enjoyed a spectacular Closing Day, winning four of the 13 races to finish one victory ahead of Bobby Martinez, 12 to 11. The leading owner title was shared between Bobby J. Barnett and Ana L. Alvidrez, each with four wins on the meet.

Live racing at Fair Grounds resumes with the opening of the 140th Thoroughbred Racing Season on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24, with a first post of 12:40 p.m. CST.