08/26/2004 11:00PM

Southern Beau draws sharp duo


Trainer Doris Hebert and jockey Steve Bourque have won more than 420 races together, and they can add to that total Sunday when they make a rare appearance at Louisiana Downs with the promising 2-year-old Favorite Minit.

Favorite Minit invades from Evangeline Downs for the $50,000 Southern Beau, a 5 1/2-furlong race restricted to colts and geldings bred in Louisiana. He will meet seven others in the race, including an impressive maiden winner, Z Storm.

Favorite Minit won his debut, on the front end by 10 lengths in a 4 1/2-furlong maiden race. He was the 3-5 favorite for the race on the strength of his connections, works, and pedigree. Favorite Minit is by a past Horse of the Year, Favorite Trick, and out of the two-time stakes-winning mare Minit Towinit.

Favorite Minit races for Brittlyn Stables.

Another daylight maiden winner, Z Storm, merits consideration in the Southern Beau. He rolled to a 7 1/2-furlong debut win on Aug. 5. He is a grandson of Storm Cat and is out of a sister to Grade 2 Arkansas Derby winner Zarb's Magic.

Corey Lanerie has the mount for trainer Wes Hawley.