News - Racing October  24, 2021

Desire Astoli Much The Best in Faubourg St. John Stakes

Undeterred by a torrential downpour, Desire Astoli with Donald Watson aboard pulls away to capture the The Faubourg St. John Stakes at Fair Grounds.

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NEW ORLEANS, LA—AUGUST 17, 2019—Gary Aber's Desire Astoli broke sharp and quickly cleared the field on the way to a four-length win in the $35,000 Faubourg St. John Stakes at Fair Grounds Racecourse on Saturday.

Ridden by jockey Donald Watson, Desire Astoli completed the 870 yards in :45.790 seconds, a 97 speed index over a sloppy course into a 10 mph crosswind. The $15,000 winners' purse boosted the filly's earnings total to $95,470.

Kenneth L. Roberts, Sr. conditions the 4-year-old daughter of champion sire Desirio. Aber bred the sorrel filly in Texas from Stoli mare Stoli Victory. She has compiled a (18) 7-1-1 record.

Dwaynes First Perry, picked up $7,000 for finishing second. James K Vance saddled the 7-year-old First Prize Perry gelding for himself and Teresa Vance. Everardo Rodriguez was aboard the Louisiana-bred from the Dashing Val mare Vals Sky High. The sorrel gelding has banked $106,145.

J.W. Owens homebred Jw Losin Control finished 1-¼ lengths back to earn $3,850 for third. Jamie Gonzalez trains the Strong Hope gelding out of Ew Comment by Heza Fast Man. Eddie Cox was riding.

Desire Astoli returned $7 to win, $4.80 to place and $3 to show. Dwaynes First Perry paid $7.60 and $3.40 and Jw Losin Corona returned $3.20 to show.

Louisiana Dressblues, Freakin Patriot Dash, Kw Cowboy and Fdd Aufluential completed the field. Agoutis Snowplow was scratched.

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