News - Racing October  26, 2021

Canselman Best In Marathon Stakes at Louisiana Downs Saturday

Canselman, under jockey Cristian Esqueda, wins the $15,000 Marathon Stakes at Louisiana Downs Saturday.

© Hodges Photography / Ann Switalski

BOSSIER CITY, LA—JANUARY 11, 2020—Canselman pulled away late to defeat Desire Astoli by 1-˝ lengths in the $15,000 Marathon Stakes Saturday afternoon at Louisiana Downs.

Ridden by jockey Cristian Esqueda, Canselman completed the 870 yards over a muddy (sealed) racetrack in :45.742 seconds, equaling a 98 speed index. It was the first career win for the son of Favorite Cartel and the $9,000 winner's purse boosted his bankroll to $34,015.

Trainer Alfredo Gomez conditions the 4-year-old for owner Q and S Racing. Bred in California by Steve D. Burns, DVM, Canselman is out of the Separatist mare Fall For It.

The winning connections of Canselman accept the Marathon Stakes trophy Saturday afternoon at Louisiana Downs. © Hodges Photography / Ann Switalski
Posttime favorite Desire Astoli earned $3,000 under jockey Donald Watson. Kenneth Roberts, Sr. saddled the stakes winning daughter of Desirio for owner-breeder Gary Aber.

The 5-year-old mare, out of Stoli Victory by Stoli, entered the race off a three-win race streak that included the Faubourg St. John Stakes at the Fair Grounds last summer. She has earned $104,470.

Jesus Huitron Lira's Freakin Patriot Dash finished a half-length back to earn $1,650 for third. Pedro Lopez trains and Pedro Espinosa had the riding call aboard the 5-year-old son of Game Patriot out of Freakin Dash by Streak And Dash. He has earned $53,865.

Im Mighty Fast and Ms Dashing Queen completed the field.

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About Harrah’s Louisiana Downs
Located near Shreveport in Bossier City, Louisiana, Louisiana Downs opened in 1974 and was purchased by Caesars Entertainment in December 2002. With annual Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing seasons, the track is committed to presenting the highest quality racing programs paired with its 150,000 square foot entertainment complex offering casino gambling, dining and plasma screen televisions for sports and simulcast racing.

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