Sunbean registers first grass win in Louisiana Cup Turf Classic

Mary Rampellini
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The millionaire Sunbean won the first turf race of his career Saturday at Louisiana Downs, when he forged to a length win over Benwill in the $75,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic. It was another nose back in third to Berniestrike.

The Turf Classic was one of seven stakes on the card. The program worth $450,000 included the Prelude, the prep for next monthʼs Grade 3, $400,000 Super Derby that was won by Texas Chrome ($8.20). The other stakes were divisional races restricted to horses bred in Louisiana.

Sunbean ($16.40) had made just one other start on turf in his career, and finished fourth in the $60,000 Dixie Poker Ace in February at Fair Grounds. He was content to stalk the pace Saturday, settling in behind Berniestrike and Hail to the Nile, who dueled through an opening quarter-mile in 23.64 seconds, a half-mile in 48.36, and six furlongs in 1:12.39.

Sunbean, riding the rail, angled off the fence into the stretch and was in a drive to the wire. He covered 1 1/16 miles on firm ground in 1:41.89. Richard Eramia was aboard the winner for trainer Ron Faucheux.

String King, who was seeking his fourth consecutive win in the Louisiana Cup Turf Classic, finished seventh as the 4-5 favorite.

Sunbean was winning his 14th career stakes race. He is a son of Brahms and races for his breeder, Brittlyn Stable. Sunbean has now won 15 of 25 career starts for earnings of $1,112,250.

 

Jockey Diego Saenz had a double on the card, taking the opener, the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies, with Chases Dixie Belle ($8.80), and the second race, the $75,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff, with Calamity Jane ($4.60). Saenz is based at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, La.

Chases Dixie Belle became a stakes winner, when she stalked the pace and darted clear by two lengths over Long Legged Model. The winner covered six furlongs on a fast track in 1:12.78. Chases Dixie Belle is by My Pal Charlie and she races for Bobby Salome and is trained by Charles Hukill.

Calamity Jane also became a stakes winner Saturday, when she defeated older rivals in the Distaff. The filly, a 3-year-old by Cowboy Cal, closed for a three-quarter length win over Kinky Vow. Calamity Jane covered 1 1/16 miles on turf in 1:42.83. Eddie Johnston Jr. trains the winner for Keith Plaisance.

Gentlemengentlemen ($26.60) set the pace and prevailed by a half-length over Street Honor in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile. The winner covered six furlongs in 1:12.63. Williams Naupac was aboard for Wilburn Smith and trainer Bob Schultz. Gentlemengentlemen, who is now 2 for 2, is a son of Yankee Gentleman.

Greeleyʼs Wish ($7.20) won his third consecutive race – and first in a stakes – in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint. He was a half-length winner over So Sorry Ruston. Greeleyʼs Wish covered six furlongs in 1:10.93. John Jacinto was aboard the horse, who is a son of Greeleyʼs Galaxy, for owner-trainer Brian Schweda.

Look Into My Eyes ($13.20) won her fourth race in her last five starts when she sailed home by 2 1/2 lengths over Smittys Cougar in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint. Edgard Zayas was aboard for trainer Efren Loza Jr. Look Into My Eyes is by City Zip [2] and she races for Kathleen Amaya and Raffaele Centofanti. She covered six furlongs in 1:10.35.

LTBA Will Award Scholarships at Louisiana Cup Day at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs on August 6

(New Orleans, La.) – Louisiana Cup Day will take place on Saturday, August 6, at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La. The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award two (2) scholarships, each valued at $1,000, during the event.
The requirements for the scholarship are as follows:
  • Must be a college student enrolled full-time for Fall 2016.
  • Must be in good standing with the college or university.
  •  Must be present to win.
Registration: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. at the designated booth
Races begin: 3:15 p.m.
Drawing time: Approx. 5:10 p.m.
The scholarship will be deposited directly into the student’s account at the college or university. The student is asked to know the name and address of the college that they are attending.
For more information, please call 1-800-772-1195 or visit louisianabred.com.

 

LTBA to Award Scholarships at Louisiana Cup Day at LAD

(New Orleans, La.) – Louisiana Cup Day will take place on Saturday, August 6, at Harrah’s Louisiana Downs Casino and Racetrack in Bossier City, La. The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association will award two (2) scholarships, each valued at $1,000, during the event.

The drawings will be after the fifth race. The races begin at 3:15 p.m. and the student must be there to register between 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. at the designated registration booth.

The requirements for the scholarship are as follows:

  • Must be a college student enrolled full-time for Fall 2016.
  • Must be in good standing with the college or university.
  • Must be present to win.

The scholarship will be deposited directly into the student’s account at the college or university. The student is asked to know the name and address of the college that they are attending.

“The Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association continues to make an investment in the future of our state by investing in the education process,” said Roger Heitzmann, secretary/treasurer for the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

 

LOUISIANA CUP DAY RACES

FIRST RACE LOUISIANA STAKES
The 6th Running of Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies
$50,000 Guaranteed
FOR ACCREDITED LOUISIANA BRED TWO YEAR OLD FILLIES.
SIX FURLONGS

SECOND RACE LOUISIANA STAKES
The 6th Running of Louisiana Cup Juvenile
$50,000 Guaranteed
FOR ACCREDITED LOUISIANA BRED TWO YEAR OLD COLTS AND GELDINGS.
SIX FURLONGS

THIRD RACE LOUISIANA STAKES
The 35th Running of Louisiana Cup Filly and Mare Sprint
$50,000 Guaranteed
FOR ACCREDITED LOUISIANA BRED FILLIES AND MARES, THREE YEAR OLDS AND UPWARD.
SIX FURLONGS

FOURTH RACE LOUISIANA STAKES
The 38th Running of Louisiana Cup Sprint
$50,000 Guaranteed
FOR ACCREDITED LOUISIANA BRED THREE YEAR OLDS AND UPWARD.
SIX FURLONGS

FIFTH RACE LOUISIANA STAKES
The 32nd Running of Louisiana Cup Distaff
$75,000 Guaranteed
FOR ACCREDITED LOUISIANA BRED FILLIES AND MARES, THREE YEAR OLDS AND UPWARD.
ONE MILE AND ONE SIXTEENTH (FRANKS TURF)

SIXTH RACE LOUISIANA STAKES
The 32nd Running of Louisiana Cup Turf Classic
$75,000 Guaranteed
FOR ACCREDITED LOUISIANA BRED THREE YEAR OLDS AND UPWARD.
ONE MILE AND ONE SIXTEENTH (FRANKS TURF)

SEVENTH RACE STAKES
The 33rd Running of Super Derby Prelude
$100,000 Guaranteed
FOR THREE YEAR OLDS.
ONE MILE AND ONE SIXTEENTH

 

For more information please call 1-800-772-1195 or visit louisianabred.com.