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Separatist Firstdown Scores in Harrah's Futurity

Texas-bred colt remains perfect with second win in as many starts at Louisiana Downs.

March 24, 2013

Betting favorite and third-fastest qualifier Separatist Firstdown came through with a big effort on Saturday afternoon to capture the $191,560 Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3) at Louisiana Downs. With Saul Ramirez Jr. in the saddle, the colt by Separatist prevailed by three-parts of a length with a clocking of :15.527 for 300 yards. The Texas-bred put up a time of :15.576 while winning his trial race in his career debut.

This victory was worth $86,202 to owners Oscar Canales Ramirez and Isidro Flores, with the latter also serving as the trainer. Separatist Firstdown was bred by Narciso Flores out of the First Down Dash mare Shesa Firstdown Jess.

Mercy Hinklin’s Horse Farm LLC’s homebred A Noble Jess Elie, a daughter of the Mr Jess Perry stallion Jess Elie, finished a game second with Amaro Brothers Racing’s Imkeepingscore, by First Down Dash, in third.

Earlier on the card, Rene Amaro’s Katillac Man took the $20,000 Streakin La Jolla Stakes for 3-year-olds and up at 400 yards. Alfonso Lujan rode for trainer Jaiver Contreras and guided the 4-year-old Country Chicks Man gelding to a neck victory in a time of :19.675. Bred in Oklahoma by Richard Joneson, Katillac Man has earned $168,446 with six wins in 15 career starts.