Louisiana Downs Futurity

Louisiana Downs Futurity

Longshots dominate Sunday's Grade 3 feature at Louisiana Downs.

Ponte Trucha. PHOTO: Hodges Photography

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Armando Cortez's Ponte Trucha, a 22-1 longshot in a field of nine 2-year-olds, scored an upset victory in Sunday's Grade 3, $324,288 Louisiana Downs Futurity at Louisiana Downs.

Racing against a reported 8-mph head wind, Ponte Trucha went 300 yards in a hand-timed :15.590, and his winning margin was three-quarters of a length from 27-1 longshot Beaus First Dynasty. Heriberto Aguilar-Orozco rode the bay son of the American Runaway stallion Duponte for trainer Teddy Guy Jr.

Ponte Trucha was bred in California by Rancho El Cabresto Inc., and he was purchased by Cortez for $18,000 at last year's Heritage Place Yearling Sale. He is out of Apollitical Dasher, a winning 9-year-old daughter of world champion Apollitical Jess.

Ponte Trucha was coming off of a second-place finish in his Louisiana Downs Futurity trial on March 13.

"We felt he ran well in his trial, but when we took him to the track for his final work before the final, he was much more aggressive," said Guy of Ponte Trucha. "That told us he was set for a big effort.

"Today, he broke very well and finished well," the trainer added.

The $145,930 winner's share of the purse from his first win in two starts increased Ponte Trucha's earnings to $146,530.

Hes No Average Bear, a 12-1 longshot, finished third. Dakota Gurl, the 2-1 favorite, ran fourth and was followed by Hotamale, SWS Twenty Three, JMG Apollitical Capo, Feature Five Bar, and Jes An Angel.

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