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Sunbean wins the 2013 Gentilly Stakes
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Sunbean wins the 2013 Gentilly Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course.

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Kicking off the stakes action on Risen Star day was the $60,000 Gentilly Stakes for Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds going 1 mile 70 yards (originally scheduled for 1 mile turf). 7-1 Skip the Pinot set fractions of 23.64, 46.76, and 1:12.26 before tiring at the top of the lane. 9-10 favorite Sunbean, 5th early, cruised to the front and drew away to a 4 3/4 length win over 7-1 Hopeful Notion in 1:42.76. It was another 5 3/4 lengths back to 4-1 second choice Nubin Ridge third.

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Winning jockey Colby Hernandez said, "I knew there was quite a bit of speed and when they broke they were ripping right along there. When I got around going into the second turn I just eased my hands out a little bit and he just picked it up for me. I smooched at him at the 1/4 pole and he just ran on by."

Owner-breeder Evelyn Benoit added, "From day one we felt he was an outstanding horse and Al (Stall, trainer) did a tremendous job getting him ready and teaching him to relax and go get them." Sunbean was an also-eligible for the Risen Star and could have drawn in. Benoit added, "It's not about whether we would have won or lost; it's about showing that Louisiana can put an animal out there that's as competitive as Kentucky or New York and we will do that."

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