Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity Wednesday at Louisiana Downs

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March 21st, 2017

The Louisiana Downs meet wraps up on Wednesday, March 22 and the closing
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Capitan JimBob will be one of the favorites in the Harrah's Entertainment Futurity

day feature is the $233,578 Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3).

Trials were run on March 4 and the ten fastest qualifiers will return for the 300-yard championship, which is set as race seven (3:24 pm -Central).

Capitan Jimbob set the fastest qualifying time of :15.676 and drew post position six with Rene Gutierrez in the irons. The Texas-bred son of Desirio broke his maiden in his trial victory. Together to the End, a filly by Inseperable, was the second-fastest qualifier, crossing the wire in :15.741. Her connections, owner Alejandro Moya and trainer Jose Sanchez, just celebrated a big win last Saturday when another talented filly, Blue Eyed Fance sprang the upset in the $271,000 Mardi Gras Futurity for Louisiana-breds.  LQHBA champion trainer, Kenneth Roberts, Sr. will saddle four in the final: Aguila, who will break from the rail under Everardo Rodriguez; Louisiana Silk with Noe Castaneda up; Ancient of Days, who will be ridden by Donald Watson and Emnent, with LQHBA champion jockey, David Alvarez in the saddle.
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2016 champion Duponte reached national prominence following his victory at Louisiana Downs

This is an interesting race to watch as last year’s winner, Duponte, made a significant national impact. Bred by AQHA champion breeder, Bobby D. Cox, the son of American Runaway won the Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity at Louisiana Downs, shipped to Remington Park, where he won the $1.1 million Heritage Place Futurity (G1). Cox, who co-owned Duponte with the Paredes family, saw their charge compete in trials for the All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs and run second in the Dash for Cash Futurity (G2) at Lone Star Park.

Duponte was trained by Josue Ponce, who will have a finalist again this year. Hez Our Boy will break from post position nine, under rider Manuel Gutierrez.

The Louisiana circuit shifts to Delta Downs in Vinton on April 21.