09/24/2011 7:32PM

Louisiana Downs: Amanecer de Oro's win in Red Erwin highlights six-stakes card


Amanecer de Oro was a sizzling stakes winner in his turf debut Saturday at Louisiana Downs, setting a brisk pace and holding on for a half-length win over Expressiano in the $150,000 A.L. “Red” Erwin.

The race was one of six restricted stakes on the penultimate card of the Louisiana Downs meet, which will close on Sunday. The races were worth a cumulative $600,000.

Amanecer de Oro ($19) moved to the lead soon after the start of the one-mile Erwin, and raced through fractions of 22.41 seconds for the opening quarter, 46.85 for the half-mile and 1:11.67 for six furlongs.

“I’d like to had a heart attack after the opening quarter, a stroke at the half-mile, and was digging my grave after three-quarters,” winning trainer Steven Duke joked of the quick fractions. “But it was a very exciting race. First time on the grass, and he really seemed to like it.”

Amanecer de Oro covered the distance on firm turf in 1:37.25. John Jacinto was aboard the horse, who won his first stakes in the Erwin, which was for 3-year-old Louisiana-breds who graduated from a yearling auction put on by the Breeders Sale Company of Louisiana.

Duke said Amanecer de Oro is one of five horses he plans to take to the fall meet at Keeneland. He said Amanecer de Oro, who races for Northpointe Thoroughbreds, could possibly make his next start in the Grade 3, $100,000 Woodford Stakes at Keeneland on Oct. 8.

Amanecer de Oro is by Afternoon Deelites and out of the mare Dynamic Broad, who also produced last year’s Erwin winner, Dynamic Time.

Get in Da House, a stakes winner at the meet, finished sixth as the favorite in the Erwin.

Foreign Girl wins La. Stallion Fillies at 1-10

Foreign Girl delivered at 1-10 in the $100,000 fillies division of the Louisiana Stallion Stakes, overtaking Rain Town in the stretch for a 2 3/4-length win. Foreign Girl came into the race off a nine-length debut score at Louisiana Downs.

Foreign Girl ($2.20) tracked Rain Town for much of the seven-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies, and went on to cover the distance on a fast track in 1:24.84. E.J. Perrodin was aboard for trainer Patrick Mouton.

Foreign Girl, who is a full sister to multiple stakes winner Foreign Production, races for Iron Oak Stable.

Tricky Suspect wins Razorback by 9

Tricky Suspect drew out to a 9 1/2-length win in the $50,000 Razorback, a 2-year-old stakes for Arkansas-breds, one start after romping by 7 1/2 lengths in his career debut.

Trained by Al Cates, Tricky Suspect ($2.80) sat about a length off the pace in the early stages of the Razorback, and dominated the competition while covering six furlongs in a sharp 1:10.60. Carlos Gonzalez rode the winner for Eugenia Thompson. Tricky Suspect is by the young Hennessy stallion Primary Suspect.

Spadra ($14.40) won her career debut in the $50,000 Lady Razorback, which was for 2-year-old fillies bred in Arkansas. She overtook pacesetter and favorite for Primarily Payton for a 2 3/4-length win, while covering six furlongs in 1:13.07. Shane Sellers was aboard for Keith Jacobs and trainer Al Stall Jr.

Stakes double for Breaux

Trainer Sam Breaux had a stakes double Saturday, when Tough Issie darted home by five lengths in the $150,000 Elge Rasberry, and Validfromthegitgo rallied for a one-length win in the $100,000 Louisiana Stallion Stakes.

The former claimer Tough Issie ($6) became a stakes winner when she closed from 10th to win the Elge Rasberry. The race was restricted to 3-year-old Louisiana-bred fillies who graduated from a yearling auction put on by the Breeders’ Sale Company of Louisiana. Tough Issie covered the mile on turf in 1:39.28. C.J. McMahon rode the winner for Barry Scott Racing.

Validfromthegitgo ($10) won over Masculino, while covering the seven-furlongs for 2-year-olds in 1:24.79. Jansen Melancon rode the winner for Stephen Peterson.