The race for leading freshman sire in 2009 between Hill ‘n' Dale Farm's Roman Ruler and Darley's Offlee Wild will be decided in the colt and gelding division of the Louisiana Futurity Dec. 31 at Fair Grounds.
When Tiny Woods won the second race at Santa Anita Dec. 30, an allowance event, his purse of $27,600 gave sire Roman Ruler a $708 edge over Offlee Wild heading into the final day of the year. Roman Ruler's total progeny earnings stand at $1,939,951. Offlee Wild, who had maintained a slim lead in the freshman sire race for the past several weeks, has total earnings of $1,939,243.
Offlee Wild's son, Heavenville, is part of a two-horse entry that is 4-1 on the morning line for the $50,000 Louisiana Futurity, a six-furlong event for state breds that goes as the fifth race on the card at Fair Grounds. Ten runners are entered, including 4-5 morning-line favorite Red Rally.
Heavenville, who runs for Heiligbrodt Racing Stable, is trained by Steve Asmussen. Sean Bridgmohan is named to ride. He would need a fifth or better to decide the race in Offlee Wild's favor.