When it comes to running, the smart money takes Fournette.
While the LSU running back Leonard Fournette will not take the field for a few more weeks, a thoroughbred racehorse named after the star is making sure the family name keeps winning.
In his first start, “Fournette,” a 3-year-old racehorse owned by die-hard LSU fan Staton Flurry, overcame 14-1 odds to win at Belmont Park. While the race was close early, Fournette put on the jets to pull away from “Rate for Me” to win by a nose.
After the win, the Heisman-hopeful running back tweeted out his congratulations to the horse.
Fournette wins today congrats baby welcome to the family pic.twitter.com/o8uj2kAokv
— 7⃣ (@_fournette) July 15, 2016
While the equine Fournette did not get to wear Leonard’s signature No. 7, Staton made sure his horse was dressed beautifully in LSU purple.
Fournette!! The winner!!! pic.twitter.com/6kx9qLLlVK
— Staton Flurry (@Staton_Flurry) July 15, 2016
Fournette’s story made national headlines this week, coinciding with Leonard Fournette’s appearance at SEC Media Days. Flurry believed his horse was one of the best he has ever trained. When asked about the horse, Leonard Fournette said candidly: “It better win.”
“When we bought this latest horse, my trainer said, ‘It’s a big, stout tough looking horse,’” Flurry said to NOLA.com. “I said, ‘What’s better name than ‘Fournette’. Hopefully, it will make him run like Leonard.”
With a key college football season coming up for LSU, and plenty of horseraces left to run, this could be a big year for the Fournettes.