TF Racee Runaway Wins Rich Louisiana QHBA Futurity

The bay gelding takes the state's richest horse race.

Q-Racing Journal

Tate Farms' TF Racee Runaway earned his first stakes win in Saturday's $1-million LQHBA Futurity at Evangeline Downs. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Tate Farms' TF Racee Runaway, a son of the First Down Dash stallion Sir Runaway Dash and the sixth-fastest qualifier, scored a neck victory in Saturday's $1-million Louisiana QHBA Futurity (RG1) for state-bred 2-year-olds at Evangeline Downs.

Ridden by John Hamilton for trainer Lanny Keith, TF Racee Runaway covered 400 yards in :19.654 and earned a 98 speed index. The $456,410 winner's share of the purse bumped his bankroll to $511,263 from nine starts, all in Louisiana.

"I saw him drifting out and I was a little worried, but he found some good ground and got the job done," said Keith of TF Racee Runaway's trip. "You dream of winning a million-dollar race; it's a life changer, for sure."

TF Racee Runaway was bred by Teddy L. Berry. The gelding is out of Racee Rainbows, an unraced 14-year-old daughter of the Streakin Six stallion Streakin La Jolla.

TF Racee Runaway has won four races, including his LQHBA Futurity trial on October 28, and he was a finalist in the September 3, 350-yard Louisiana QHBA Sale Futurity (RG1) at Fair Grounds and the July 9, 350-yard Lee Berwick Memorial Futurity (RG1) at Delta Downs.

"My dad and I have worked our whole lives for a win like this," said Steve Tate of Tate Farms. "John has ridden him well all year long, and we appreciate the great job by Lanny."

Fired Up Perry ran second and was followed by fastest qualifier and 9-10 favorite Rdd Lajollanfastdash, Oak Almighty, Dragon N Panther, Tellem Im Pumped, Gone Swingin, Louisiana Jewels, and Kajun Kowgirl.

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