Louie Roussel III and Ronnie Lamarque’s Friendly Banter,
reserved off the pace until the stretch run, took command at the
furlong grounds and then drew off for a three-length tally in Sunday’s
feature, an allowance and $17,500 optional claiming event contested at
one mile and 70 yards.
Louie Roussel and ridden by Rosie Napravnik,
the recently altered son of Distorted Humor returned mutuels
of $5.60, $4.80 and $4.20, toured the distance in 1:43.98 and increased
his career earnings to $82,136 with his second win in eight lifetime
Love Partnership Interests’
Texas Citizen made the pace
with early fractions of 25.35 and 49.52, could not stay with the winner
in the final furlong but gamely held the place, paying $13.20 and
$15.20 while finishing a length to the good of
Our Blue Streaks Stable’s Only Boy, who returned $12.20 in the show position..