10/20/2003 12:00AM

Louisiana Downs: Vals Fortune earns bonus


Vals Fortune, a Quarter Horse, earned a $500,000 bonus when he picked up his ninth straight win, taking the Grade 1, $232,242 Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders' Association Futurity in Bossier City, La.

The LQHBA offered the bonus to the horse who could sweep the Mardi Gras Futurity at Fair Grounds and the association's Sale Futurity and Futurity at Louisiana Downs.

Vals Fortune ($3.20) was a dominating 1 1/4-length winner in the 400-yard race, covering the distance in 19.82 seconds. Gilbert Ortiz rode the winner for trainer Heath Taylor.

Vals Fortune was the first horse to win the bonus in the four years it has been available.