The 25th renewal of the $60,000 Gentilly Stakes for
3-year-old Louisiana-breds and the eighth running of the $60,000 Sarah
Lane’s Oates Stakes for state-bred sophomore fillies share top billing this
Saturday at Fair Grounds.
Heiligbrodt Racing Stable’s Heavenville, most
recently runner-up in Delta Downs’ $125,000 Premier Night Prince Stakes Feb. 6
and third in both Fair Grounds’ $109,000 Louisiana Futurity (colts and gelding
division) and $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile last December, is the
lukewarm 7-2 morning line favorite in the Gentilly Stakes, which serves as the
finale on Saturday’s 10-race program.
Northpointe Thoroughbreds’ The Rumor’s True, third
in Delta’s $125,000 Premier Night Starlet Stakes Feb. 6 but heroine of Fair
Grounds’ $111,000 Louisiana Futurity (filly division) before that on Dec. 31,
is the tepid 5-2 morning line choice in the $60,000 Sarah Lane’s Oates Stakes,
which is slated as Saturday’s third race.
Shane Sellers gets the riding assignment on the Steve
Asmussen-trained Heavenville, while Richard Eramia is slated to
handle the reins aboard the Steven Duke-conditioned The Rumor’s True.
From the rail out, the Gentilly field with jockeys assigned
consists of Brave Day, Miguel Mena; Gentle Moment, Curt Bourque; Dynamic
Time, James Graham; Onethreesevenbox, Richard Eramia; Heavenville,
Shane Sellers; Target Flash, Corey Lanerie; Tensas Cat, John
Jacinto; Crescent City Zip, Trey Agilar; Productive Envoy, Robby
Albarado; Roll Me Away, Eddie Martin Jr.; Devilish Due, Brian Hernandez
Jr.; Pioneering Native, Francisco Torres; Even Steven, Pat
Valenzuela; and Tupelo Playboy, Jamie Theriot.
The Sarah Lane’s Oates field from the inside, with riders
assigned, is Candy Delicious, Corey Lanerie; Dreamsalive, James
Graham; Lunar Fest, Shane Sellers; Ide Be Spartacus, Pat
Valenzuela; New Elite, Brian Hernandez Jr.; The Rumor’s True, Richard
Eramia; Isn’t She Gorgeous, Robby Albarado; and Ladyzarbridge,