Fast Talkin Henry (Heza Fast Dash - Streakin Cindy, Streakin La Jolla)
Evangeline Downs – November 15, 2014 – by Danny Camp
With $50,000 on the line, the field for the Nov. 15 Opelousas Stakes at Evangeline Downs was full of big names and big bank accounts. The star-studded line up was bested by Fast Talkin Henry, who made it 5 wins in a row with his victory.
Fast Talkin Henry left the 1-post well and was tending to business. Half-way down the 400-yard track, rider John Hamilton twirled his stick and asked for another gear. The 4-year-old gelding responded and the pair took control of the race. They stopped the clock at :19.892 for a speed index of 92. That meant a picture in the winner’s circle and a check for $30,000, which upped Fast Talkin Henry’s lifetime earnings to $400,824. The win was the gelding’s 5th in stakes company. His other stakes wins include this year’s Louisiana Classic-RG2, Mid-City Stakes & Amelia Belle Stakes, and the 2013 Delta Downs Louisiana Bred Derby-RG2. Fast Talkin Henry also set a New Track Record this year at the Fair Grounds for 400-yards.
The gelding is owned by Eric P. Johnson, trained by Heath Taylor, and was bred by Russell P. Mowad in Louisiana, out winner Streakin Cindy, who has produced 3 winners/ROM from 3 starters. Fast Talkin Henry is her 1st stakes winner and top earner.
Jethro Almitey (Heza Fast Dash-Dash In The Wind) was 2nd under Gilbert Ortiz for Christine Taveres & trainer Justin Haug. Dashin Gage (Oak Tree Special-Dash Lady Love) has come up short against Fast Talkin Henry his last 4 outs & today was no exception, as he was 3rd under Jose Vega for Douglas O Traylor & trainer Kenneth Roberts. Bipty Dash (Heza Fast Dash-Bipity Jazz) was 4th. JLS Mr Bigtime (Bigtime Favorite-Psalmist) was poised to go over the million dollar mark if he could finish as good as 4th, but he’ll have to bear down 1 more time to reach that milestone as he was 5th. Followed by Big Timer (Bigtime Favorite-Our Fancy Native) & Blue Louisiana Jolla (Jess Louisiana Blue-Somekinda Rainey).