State-bred juveniles take center stage at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in divisions of the Louisiana Futurity Dec. 31.
Some 110 horses are entered for the 10 races on the Louisiana Cup race program at Louisiana Downs May 22 when four $100,000 events for state breds are contested.
Offlee Wild was the leading first-crop sire and 2-year-old sire of 2009. A multiple stakes winner, his biggest win came in the 2005 Suburban Handicap (gr. I).
Ide was named 2009 stallion of the year by the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association. The award is based on the earnings of his accredited Louisiana-bred offspring ($2,231,521) during 2009.
In the tightest race in years, Darley's freshman stallion Offlee Wild honors as the nation's top first-crop sire over Hill 'n' Dale Farm's Roman Ruler.
The race for leading freshman sire in 2009 between Roman Ruler and Offlee Wild will be decided in the colt and gelding division of the Louisiana Futurity Dec. 31 at Fair Grounds.
Six debut winners at Keeneland, a record-setting filly from Maryland and a West Coast invader highlight a field of nine 2-year-olds entered for the $100,000 Kentucky Juvenile Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs April 30.
Grade I winner Offlee Wild sired his first winner from his initial starter when his son Heavenville won April 9 at Keeneland.
Front-running Connor's Call, owned by Valene Farms, won the $91,485 colts and geldings division, while Marcia LaMarche's Anything But Quiet came from off the pace to win the $93,685 fillies division of the Louisiana Futurity Friday at Fair Grounds.
Tortuga Flats and Nob Hill Deelite were favored to repeat their Louisiana Champions Day wins in their respective divisions of the Louisiana Futurity, and both prevailed Saturday at the Fair Grounds meet at Harrah's Louisiana Downs.
|Horse||Trainer||Breeder / Owner|
|Crescent City Zip||Samuel Breaux||
|Ide Better Win||Noral J. Tate||
|La Piano Man||W. Bret Calhoun||
|Lovely Tribute||Scott Gelner||
|Perilous Crossing||Patrick Mouton||
|Ragin Run||Steven M. Asmussen||
|Red Rally||Merrill R. Scherer||
|The Big Watusi||Josie Carroll||
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