10/14/2003 11:00PM

Vals Fortune after bonus at Louisiana Downs

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Vals Fortune, trained by Heath Taylor, will be a strong favorite earn a $500,000 bonus by winning the Grade 1, $232,242 LQHBA Futurity on Sunday at Louisiana Downs.

Vals Fortune has taken the first two races needed to earn the bonus, the Grade 2, $103,771 Mardi Gras Futurity and the Grade 1, $226,101 LQHBA Sale Futurity. He also has wins in the $214,700 Lee Berwick Memorial Futurity and the $91,550 Laddie Futurity.

The fourth-ranked 2-year-old in the weekly American Quarter Horse Association poll behind leader Hawkish, Vals Fortune has won eight straight races since finishing second in his Mardi Gras Futurity trial on March 3, his career debut.

Vals Fortune, the 1-10 favorite, won his LQHBA Futurity trial in 20.022 seconds for the 400 yards, the fastest qualifying time from 10 trials on Oct. 1.

Vals Fortune has earned $306,335 from his eight wins and a second-place finish from nine starts.