06/04/2013 4:17PM

Louisiana Downs: Bigger turf stakes ahead for Look At the Time

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Look At the Time could make his next start in the Louisiana Legends Turf at Evangeline Downs on July 6.

Look At the Time could be sitting on a significant 4-year-old season after taking the $50,000 John Franks Memorial at Louisiana Downs last Saturday in his first start in eight months. Look At the Time rallied for a neck win over 1-5 favorite String King, and the Beyer Speed Figure of 94 he earned was his best number in a budding career that includes three other stakes wins achieved last year at 3.

Look At the Time will now be pointed for more Louisiana-bred turf stakes, said Dwight Viator, who trains the horse for Hooties Racing. He said the horse’s next goal is the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Turf at Evangeline Downs on July 6. The $100,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic follows on the calendar, at Louisiana Downs on Aug. 17.

“He’s a horse with a lot of ability, a lot of potential,” Viator said. “He’s got a big turn of foot and that’s what makes him a little exceptional. He can go like 0 to 60 in three jumps . . . in three jumps, he can go from fifth to three in front. You don’t see that very often.”

Look At the Time was making his first start against older horses in the Franks Memorial after a 3-year-old season in which he had a stakes double at Fair Grounds – the $60,000 Gentilly on turf and the $75,000 Crescent City Derby on dirt – and also accounted for the $150,000 A.L. “Red” Erwin over the Louisiana Downs turf in his season finale Sept.  22.

“He had some minor issues that had to be dealt with, little ankle problems, and just needed a little time,” Viator said of the layoff. “We gave him three, four months off this winter and brought him back.

“This horse has trained extremely well since he’s come back.”

Look At the Time’s final Franks time of 1:34.62 for the mile on turf was .42 of a second off the course record. He is a son of Brahms.

Drinking Fund golden claim

Drinking Fund has taken her game to a whole new level since being claimed for $5,000 in January 2012 at Delta Downs. She won her fifth straight race last Saturday at Louisiana Downs in the $50,000 Honeymoon, which also marked her first win in a stakes. The 7-year-old mare races for trainer Joey Foster, who since the claim has seen his investment yield $187,324.

“That’s a once in a lifetime there. You don’t do that often,” Foster said.

“She was a big, stout, good-looking mare and we took her and we’ve been very blessed with her. That’s what we all live for, what we get up and go to work seven days a week for. My dumb butt got lucky.”

Drinking Fund’s streak began in December at Delta Downs, where she won an optional $10,000 claimer. She captured another race at that level at the track, before accounting for a $70,000 starter handicap on its Premiere Night. Drinking Fund then took a $5,000 starter allowance, also at Delta, before returning to turf for the first time in a long time for the Honeymoon.

Foster said he had entered Drinking Fund in three races prior to the Honeymoon, and when they did not fill he decided to take a shot in the Louisiana-bred stakes for fillies and mares. Drinking Fund seized the moment with a neck win under regular rider Chris Rosier.

“He loves that mare as much as I do,” Foster said of Rosier.

Foster said Drinking Fund’s next major goal will be the $100,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff at 1 1/16 miles on turf at Louisiana Downs on Aug. 17.

Jacinto eyes August return

Jockey John Jacinto, who broke his left forearm in a spill at Louisiana Downs on May 30, is expected to be out two months, said his agent, Richie Price. Jacinto underwent surgery on the arm May 31, at Willis-Knighton Hospital in Shreveport. He remained hospitalized on Tuesday morning with the expectation he could be released later the same afternoon as doctors were weaning him off pain medication. Price is hopeful the rider will return to action Aug. 1.

“The doctors told him two months. That’s what the prognosis is right now,” Price said.