12/31/2011 6:53PM

Fair Grounds: Beanwah'smachine stays perfect in Louisiana Futurity

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The undefeated Beanwah'smachine, ridden by Shane Sellers, extends his winning streaka to four races by taking a division of the Louisiana Futurity.

Beanwah’smachine remained unbeaten in four starts by winning a division of the Louisiana Futurity on Saturday at Fair Grounds, where a 2-year-old filly, Summer Applause, threw her hat into the ring as a horse to consider for early-2012 dirt-route stakes in New Orleans.

Beanwah’smachine has close ties to Star Guitar, the about-to-be-7-year-old who is closing in on the all-time earnings mark for a Louisiana-bred. The two horses live under the same shed row – that of Al Stall – and were bred and are owned by the Brittlyn Stable of Maurice and Evelyn Benoit. Their lineages diverge, however, and Beanwah’smachine, a son of Successful Appeal, might prove more of a sprint-type than Star Guitar.

In any case, Beanwah’smachine can run enough to have won a Louisiana Downs maiden race at first asking, an allowance race on Fair Grounds’s opening-day, and then the Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile and Saturday’s colts and geldings division of the Louisiana Futurity in quick succession. In Saturday’s $103,290 race, Beanwah’smachine ($2.60) rated behind a solid pace (46.10 seconds for the first half-mile) down the backstretch and most of the way around the turn before beginning a bid under Shane Sellers at about the five-sixteenths pole. At the top of the stretch,  Beanwah’smachine had drawn even with pacesetting Gar, and while failing to really open up on the early leader, he went on to record a 1 ½-length victory. Gar held second, while his stablemate, C.C. Dubai, finished well (and galloped out even better) for third. Winning time for the six furlongs was 1:11.82.  

The heavy favorite in the fillies division of the Futurity, Izzie’s Gold, could not repeat her winning performance on Champions Day, when she captured the Lassie. Engaged on the lead for much of the trip by Ide Be Tuff Enough, Izzie’s Gold could not stave off a late run from Effie, who rallied from fifth-place with a quarter-mile to run to win the $100,390 race by three-quarters of a length under Rosie Napravnik. Effie ran six furlongs in 1:12.61 and paid $9.60.

Saturday’s card began with a flashy showing by Summer Applause, a Josie Carroll-trained daughter of Harlan’s Holiday making her dirt and two-turn debut on the heels of a seven-furlong Polytrack maiden win at Woodbine. Breaking on top from the rail for Robby Albarado, Summer Applause set a decent pace before dashing away from four opponents at the top of the stretch to win by seven lengths. Her one mile 70-yard time of 1:43.55 was quick by track standards, and Summer Applause was not under pressure in the final furlong.

Summer Applause’s clocking bettered that of Capetown Devil, who won a race at the same class level – the 8th – that wasn’t restricted by sex. Capetown Devil was timed in 1:43.81 winning by a neck over Gowhereyougaze, with favored Rock Harder finishing evenly for third. The splits in race 8 were slightly faster than the in the fillies race, making Summer Applause’s time look better, but it’s also possible that the speed of the Fair Grounds surface slowed during the Saturday card.

Capetown Devil, a son – unsurprisingly – of Cape Town, has won all three of his races for trainer David Carroll. The gelding, who is out of a Nureyev mare, debuted in a $30,000 Polytrack sprint at Keeneland before winning a one-turn-mile, starter-allowance race during the Churchill fall meet.

In race 9, Mr. Vegas won a third-level allowance race by one length, his second straight tally over the Fair Grounds turf course. Baltimore Bob finished second with Joinem a closing third.