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SHELBYVILLE, IN—SEPTEMBER 14, 2020—Louisiana Lover, winner in three of four starts for 2020, and Beach Benny, winner of the $107,000 Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI) Stallion Service Auction (SSA) Derby in his last start, will lead the two $15,000 trials set for the upcoming Sterlie Bertram Memorial Thursday.
The final is slated for Saturday, Oct. 3 during the next all-Quarter Horse racing day at Indiana Grand.
Louisiana Lover is favored in the first trial from post eight. The sophomore son of The Louisiana Cartel is seven for 11 lifetime and has only been off the board once in his career.
Trained by Indiana Grand’s all-time leading trainer Randy Smith, Louisiana Lover finished third in his last start in the QHRAI SSA Derby to Beach Benny. He will be ridden by Sammy Mendez with opening odds of 9-5 for the ownership of Duke Racing LLC.
Beach Benny will head the second trial on the card in Race 11. The son of Escondido Beach has also drawn the outside post eight for his trial and begins at odds of 4-5 with L.D. Martinez aboard. Trained by Tony Cunningham, Beach Benny will seek to add to his career tally of three wins in 12 starts and in excess of $137,000 in earnings for owner-breeder Pam Brickley Hann.
Joining Beach Benny as a favorite in the second trial is Blue Eyed Newman from the Smith barn. Owned by breeder Gordon Timm, the Escondido Beach gelding has won two of three starts in 2020 and will break from post three at even odds with Mendez aboard.
The top 10 qualifiers of the 16 involved in the Bertram Memorial trials will advance to the final, which will sport of purse of $100,000-plus. Both the trials and the final will be contested at a distance of 400 yards. Estimated post time for the first trial Thursday is 6:30 p.m. (EDT).
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