06/11/2004 11:00PM

Expect Will captures TTA Sales Futurity


Expect Will gave trainer Steve Asmussen his first win in the colts and geldings division of the $118,570 Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity on Saturday when he was up for a nose win in the race for 2-year-olds at Lone Star Park near Dallas.

Expect Will was one of six horses in the field trained by Asmussen. A seventh horse from the Asmussen barn, Robbeau, was scratched. Expect Wings finished second in the race, a half-length in front of third-place finisher Leaving On My Mind.

Expect Will settled in fourth early in the five furlong race, while Corporate Level, Valid Virtue and Last Foal dueled through the opening quarter in a quick 21.94 seconds. Expect Will moved to the outside of horses into the stretch and rallied efficiently for the win, covering the distance over a fast track in 58.69 seconds.

Jeremy Beasley rode the winner for Heiligbrodt Racing Stable.

Expect Will, who was part of a favored entry with Goes and Paloo, returned $4. The win was his third in as many career starts, and the $71,142 he earned pushed his bankroll to $96,942. He is a son of Valid Expectations, who was the first graded stakes winner trained by Asmussen.

Expect Will is a half-brother to multiple stakes winner Superpave.

Berdelia wins maiden in fillies division

In the $129,830 fillies division of the TTA Sales Futurity, Berdelia closed with a burst, giving Asmussen a sweep of the two stakes on the card. She rallied for a one length win over pacesetter Glitter Sexy, who is also trained by Asmussen. It was another three-quarters of a length back in third to Miss Know It All.

Berdelia ($10.20), who was ridden by Casey Lambert, covered five furlongs in 58.79 seconds. She earned $77,898 for the win, which was her first in three career starts. She races for Ro Parra and is a daughter of Wild Zone.

Asmussen has sent out the winner of the fillies division of the TTA Sales Futurity five of the past six years.