06/24/2009 11:00PM

Irlando pair have experience


The first 2-year-old race of the year in Nebraska will be a $20,000-added maiden race called the State Fair Futurity at 4 1/2 furlongs. Seven were entered, five of them first-time starters.

Trainer Steve Irlando will send out a pair of fillies as a coupled entry, Sweet Violet and Anyone Orphan, who are the only entrants with experience. Sweet Violet was bumped at the start of a maiden race and rallied for second at Turf Paradise in April. Anyone Orphan was fourth in the same race, three lengths behind her stablemate.

They have been in training at Canterbury Park and should make for a potent one-two punch.

They will be facing an offspring of the mare Rancho Gal, who has produced the last two winners of this race.

Lou Lou Larue, a daughter of Blumin Affair out of Rancho Gal, will try to carry on her dam's winning tradition. The full brothers Ittakestwobaby and Reach One More are the past two winners of this race. Reach One More has gone on to win four straight stakes this year, and the family influence could mark Lou Lou Larue the favorite.

Trainer David Anderson will send out Lou Lou Larue and the colt Cherishistheword as a coupled entry for his Anderson Racing LLC. He will have a total of four in the race, also saddling Five Oclock Shadow and Nothingfeared as separate wagering interests under different owners.

Trainer Bob Rising sends out Four Shoes Afloppn, a half-sister to stakes winners Skwhirl and Deputy's Whirl out of the mare Pat's Whirl.

* The fundraiser for injured rider Mike Luark has been rescheduled from Sunday to July 10 in order to gather more items for a raffle and silent auction. Luark suffered several broken vertebrae in a spill here in late May and is expected to be out for a year or more.