08/01/2010 12:08PM

Powerfully romps in John Franks Memorial

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Powerfully ran to his name Saturday night at Evangeline Downs as he kicked strongly clear to capture the colt and gelding division of the $100,000 John Franks Memorial Sales Stakes by 5 3/4 lengths. All Star Colton, dismissed at odds of 47-1, ran a surprising second, 1 1/4 lengths in front Smellinsmoke.


Trained by Steve Asmussen, Powerfully ($5.40) is owned and was bred by Asmussen’s father, Keith. The winner was ridden by Gerard Melancon, who completed a rare stakes double after booting home Fort Hood in the $50,000 earlier in the day at Louisiana Downs.
In winning for the second time in four starts, Powerfully has now earned more than $70,000 He covered the 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:07.25 over a fast track.