NEW ORLEANS (Thursday, December 31, 2009) – 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.