08/01/2010 12:08PM

Powerfully romps in John Franks Memorial


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.