07/29/2009 11:00PM

Futurity runner-up gets more ground


Feelthelightening, whose rally in the five-furlong D. S. "Shine" Young Futurity came up just a half-length short last month, looks like the one to beat in the $100,000 John Franks Memorial Sales Stakes at Evangeline Downs. The 5 1/2-furlong event is for 2-year-old colts and geldings that passed through the sales ring during the sale of same name held locally in March.

With Shine winner Heavenville slated to go in the Louisiana Cup Juvenile at Louisiana Downs earlier in the day, Feelthelightening is heir apparent to the top spot, at least for the time being, in the Evangeline 2-year-old ranks.

Trained by Troy Young, Feelthelightening should once again get plenty of pace to run at, plus he has an additional half-furlong of distance to work with this time. John Jacinto will once again handle the riding chores.

Bout, trained by Steven Asmussen, finished third in the Shine after winning his qualifying trial in front-running fashion. Bout debuted at Churchill Downs in May. Gerard Melancon will be in the saddle.

Fenceologist continues to train well for trainer Carl Deville after winning his maiden in early June. He has not raced since but he posted the fastest of 38 workouts at four furlongs on July 18 and also hung up a bullet when working three furlongs a week later. Colby Hernandez will be on board.

Recent maiden winner Bailey's Charm appears ready to take his act to the next level after posting a 3 1/2-length score July 9 in his first start. Also trained by Young, Bailey's Charm was not a well-kept secret that evening as he went off as the even-money favorite.