“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.”
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.