Robicheaux Ranch, Inc. LQHBA Yearling Sale Preview
August 7, 2014 – photos by Susan Bachelor
Open Me A Corona (Coronas Leaving You - In The Open, Mr Eye Opener)
The Fair Grounds – August 23, 2014 – by Michael Compton
Open Me a Corona, in orange silks, narrowly wins the Gentilly Stakes at the Fair Grounds Race Course and Slots in New Orleans, LA Saturday, August 23, 2014. David Alvarez was the winning jockey and Bobby Martinez was the winning trainer. The 250 yard sprint was run in 12.840 seconds setting a new track record. Photo by Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts
The connections of Open Me A Corona had plenty of reason to celebrate following their 4-year-old colt’s spectacular effort in winning the $40,000 Gentilly Dash at Fair Grounds on Aug. 23.
Despite bobbling at the start, Open Me A Corona and jockey David Alvarez hustled into contention shortly after the start in the 250-yard dash. They dueled with early leader FDD Going Grand in the lane, edging that rival at the finish to win by a nose.
Overcoming the early miscue in impressive fashion, Open Me A Corona stopped the clock in :12.840, setting a New Track Record in barely eclipsing the previous record of :12.841 set last year by JCS Who.
The Gentilly Dash was the 3rd stakes score for Open Me A Corona. The Charles Forbes Jr. and Tommy Hays colorbearer won the Louisiana QHBA Futurity-G1 in 2012 and this year’s Mr Jess Perry Louisiana Downs Stakes en route to a lifetime bankroll of $519,442 for trainer Bobby Martinez.
Bred in Louisiana by Natalie Montgomery, DVM, Open Me A Corona is out of In the Open. Winless in 2 tries in her racing career, the mare has made up for that in the breeding shed. In addition to Open Me A Corona, she has produced graded stakes-placed Im Jess Blue and stakes-placed Surf N Turf Dude.
FDD Going Grand (FDD Dynasty-Cash Cartel) was 2nd under Jose Vega for Mercy Hinklin Horse Farm & trainer Kenneth Roberts. Winning trainer Bobby Martinez also led over Lets Jess Do It (First Prize Perry-Lets Separate), 3rd under Alfonso Lujan for owner Noe Pena. Followed by Rosouti (Agouti-Rose for Windy), The Notradamus (Dashin Bye-Fast N Smooth 880), Scream N Eagle (One Famous Eagle-Linda Te Chick), PM Runaway Dash (Heza Fast Dash-Runaway Lady Oak), Feisty Favorite (Bigtime Favorite-Kerrys Streakin Lady), Laynes Corona On Ice (King Corona-Nothin Bugs Jessie) & Mr Ease Cartel (Corona Cartel-Sportiness).
Ol Time Preacher Man (Heza Fast Dash - JJ Streakin Illusion, Streakin La Jolla)
Fair Grounds – August 16, 2014 – by Michael Compton
T M Ranch’s Ol Time Preacher Man wins the $60,000 Treme Stakes Saturday, August 16, 2014 at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans , LA. Trained by Kenny Roberts, Sr and ridden by jockey Patrick Watson, the 3 Year-old Louisiana bred gelding ran the 350 yards in 17.435 seconds. Photo by Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts
Ol Time Preacher Man turned the tables on Kool Design, upset winner of the Delta Downs Louisiana-Bred Derby in their previous race, winning the Treme Stakes at Fair Grounds on Aug. 16.
With new rider Patrick Watson in the irons, Ol Time Preacher Man dueled with Kool Design and jockey Jose Vega from flag fall to finish. The rivals hooked up early in the 350-yard test, with Ol Time Preacher Man digging in gamely late and fending off Kool Design to win by 1/2-length, avenging his prior defeat. The 3-year-old sorrel gelding stopped the timer in :17.435 and earned a speed index of 97 for owner T M Ranch and trainer Kenneth Roberts Sr.
It was the 2nd stakes win of the year for Ol Time Preacher Man, who also annexed last year’s Louisiana QHBA Futurity. Ol Time Preacher Man also finished 2nd in the 2013 LQHBA Sale Futurity-RG1 & was 3rd in the Vinton Stakes earlier this year. Now a winner in 4 of 12 lifetime starts, Ol Time Preacher increased his bankroll to $559,573 with the $36,000 winner’s share.
Bred in Louisiana by Jo Baya Foreman, Ol Time Preacher Man is out of stakes winner JJ Streakin Illusion, who is also the dam of two additional stakes winners—Smoak and Listen To The Wind.
Roberts also saddled runner-up Kool Design (First N Kool-Mikey Good Design) owner Oscar Rohne. Trainer Heath Taylor trained the 2 horses who dead-heated for 3rd: Jess Good Lookin (Heza Fast Dash-Mornin Jess), with John Hamilton up for owner Eric Johnson, and Im Jess Blue (Jess Louisiana Blue-In the Open), with Tami Purcell up for owners Kimberly & Herman Hogue. Followed by Scooter Prize (First Prize Perry-Royal Baby Scooter), Voncitas Game (Game Patriot-Voncita), Heza Fast Rogue (Heza Fast Dash-Miss Jess Rogue), JJS Black Lace (Jet Black Patriot-Lethan N Lace) & TF Tee Boy (Sir Runaway Dash-Meadow Creeks Effort). Dashn To The Back scratched.
Patriots Toast (Game Patriot - Wakeup To Toast, Toast to Dash)
Fair Grounds – August 16, 2014 – by Michael Compton
Patriots Toast, owned by Ana Alvidrez, wins the Audubon Stakes at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots Saturday, August 16, 2014 in New Orleans, LA. Raul Ramirez was the winning jockey. Running time for the 350 yard, $60,000 stake was 17.445 seconds. Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts
After two near misses in recent stakes outings, Patriots Toast notched the initial black-type score of her career with a decisive victory in the $60,000 Audubon Stakes at Fair Grounds on Aug. 16.
Patriots Toast broke sharply from the 2-hole and stalked leader The Game Cartel through the early stages of the 350-yard dash. Running strongly through the lane, Patriots Toast & jockey Raul Ramirez Jr. collared and rolled past The Game Cartel and drew clear late to defeat 2nd-place finisher Shesa Dashingromance & Jerry Yoakum by 1/2-length.
Completing the distance in :17.445, Patriots Toast earned a speed index of 97 for owner Ana Alvidrez and trainer Martin Trejo.
Twice stakes-placed, Patriots Toast finished 2nd in the Flashy Hemp Stakes in her prior start, and was also runner-up in the Party Girl Stakes at Louisiana Downs in Feb. A winner in 10 of 28 lifetime starts, Patriots Toast now boasts earnings of $176,242 with the $36,000 Audubon Stakes winner’s share.
Bred in Louisiana by Dr. Tommy Hayes, Patriots Toast is the first stakes winner out of Wakeup Toast, who was winless in three tries during her career.
Shesa Dashingromance (Heza Fast Dash-Dash N to Romance) ran well along the inside and secured the place spot for owner Joseph Brignac and trainer Kelli Smith.
The Game Cartel (Game Patrior-Angels Cartel) showed the way early and was nipped for second. Mario Trujillo rode the filly for owner Robert Touchet and Robicheaux Ranch.
Streakin Ellen (Game Patriot-Streakin Amber), MCM Fast Dashin Blue (Jess Louisiana Blue-Fast Dash N Deb), BJS American Honey (Rakin In The Cash-Sallys Toastin), Dashing Jet Rio (Jet Black Patriot-Dashing Obsession) and Dashn To The Back (Fast Prize Dash-Backs To The Wall) reported across the finish behind the top three finishers.
LQHBA Sale Futurity-RG1
Fair Grounds Race Course • New Orleans, LA 8/15/14 • Finals 9/5/14 • 350yds • 2yo • $276,155 estimated • Fast
:17.331 *Heza Louisiana Dash, c, (Heza Fast Dash-Eyejesslovelouisiana)
T M Ranch/K Roberts Sr/P Watson
:17.387 *Louisiana Jambalaya, c, (Jet Black Patriot-Iwanna Dash)
Mykelia Carter & Roderick L Carter/J Dehart/L Constantin
:17.444 *RBD Fastestdashndeb, f, (Heza Fast Dash-Debs Been Streakin)
T M Ranch/W McIntosh/G Ortiz
:17.460 *Hang On And Hush Up, g, (Fast Prize Dash-Sheza Neon Rose)
Wade & Kay L Loup Jr/V Haywood/G Medina
:17.499 Jeti Luke, g, (Jet Black Patriot-The Wise Cash)
Guerras Racing Stables/O Saenz Jr/M Trujillo
:17.520 *Party With Braxton, c, (Swingin Jess-Holy Effort)
Noe R Sanchez/N Sanchez/J Linares
:17.542 Hezarunnintoachieve, g, (Heza Fast Dash-R T Runnin To Achieve)
Ricardo Mendoza/M Rodriguez/R Fernandez
:17.582 *Prize Winning Dash, g, (Heza Fast Dash-Fast Prize Angie)
Douglas O Traylor & Oscar Rohne/K Roberts Sr/P Watson
:17.599 Special Game Man, g, (Game Patriot-Abstinence)
Maxxiprime Enterprises LLC/K Roberts Sr/L Constantin
:17.600 **Coonascorona, c, (Coronas Leaving You-Streakin Attitude)
Tommy Hays & Bobby J Barnett/B Martinez/D Alvarez
TM Dees Prize’s scored the first stakes victory of his career in the $60,000 Louisiana Juvenile at Delta Downs on July 12, and in the process became the first stakes winner for his sire Fast Prize Dash and for his dam Call Her Dee.
Ridden by Dennis Means, TM Dees Prize broke alertly and raced in 6th position early. He noticeably discovered his best stride halfway home, collaring the early leaders nearing the wire and bounding clear late to win by 3/4-length. Saddled by Vann Haywood, TM Dees Prize completed the 350 yards in :17.376. The $36,000 winner’s share of the purse lifted his lifetime bankroll to $67,650.
Owned and bred by Two The Max Investments LLC, TM Dees Prize is out of Call Her Dee. Winner of the 2008 Bill Hedge Memorial Overnight Stakes, Call Her Dee won three of six career starts and earned $25,983. TM Dees Prize, foaled in Louisiana, is the first stakes winner for his dam. The two-year-old gelding is also the initial stakes winner to represent his sire Fast Prize Dash, a son of Mr Jess Perry. From a limited number of starters, Fast Prize Dash, a Grade 3 finalist himself, has sired 22 winners.
K K Horse Racing’s Firefly Fortune (Jet Black Patriot-Toast To Fortune) led early, but gave way late and finished second under Eddi Martinez for trainer Jose Garcia.
See Yacht Sea Jump (Jumpn-Yacht Sea), with David Alvarez up, turned in an even effort to finish third for owner Joan Rood and trainer Randy Hebert.
Followed by Hang On And Hush Up (Fast Prize Dash-Sheza Neon Rose), RBD Fastestdashndeb (Heza Fast Dash-Debs Been Streakin), Bye Bye Lulu (Heza Fast Dash-Easy To Dazzle) and Down Dem Coronas (Coronas Leaving You-First Down Bucks). MCM Fast Passage (Storm Passage TB-Fast Dan N Deb) ducked in and hit the rail, unseating the rider. Jess For Ron & Patriotic Mistress scratched.
Sent to post as the 3-2 favorite in a full field of 10 state-breds, Fast Talkin Henry rewarded his backers with a neck victory in the 440-yard $100,000 Louisiana Classic Stakes-RG2 on July 12, closing night of the 46-night Delta Downs Quarter Horse meet.
Fast Talkin Henry covered his quarter-mile trip in :21.626 under jockey John Hamilton. Heath Taylor prepped the 4-year-old gelding for owner Eric P. Johnson of Spring, Texas.
Campaigned exclusively in Louisiana, Fast Talkin Henry has earned $313,824 from 14 outs, and his seven wins include last year’s $148,260 Delta Downs Louisiana Breeders’ Derby-RG2. At two, he ran third in the $551,055 Lee Berwick Louisiana Bred Futurity-RG1, Delta’s richest stakes for Quarter Horses.
Fast Talkin Henry was bred by Russell P. Mowad of Pineville, Louisiana. His dam, Streakin Cindy, is a winning daughter of the late Streakin La Jolla. Now 12, she has foaled three winners from as many starters, including Bigtime Cindy, a finalist in the 2011 Louisiana Breeders’ Lassie Futurity-RG2.
Douglas Traylor’s Dashin Gage (Oak Tree Special-Dash Lady Love) finished 2nd under Jose Vega for trainer Kenneth Roberts Sr., a nose in front of Blue Louisiana Jolla, who was disqualified from third and placed 10th for drifting out and bothering Jethro Almitey. Big Timer (Bigtime Favorite-Our Fancy Native) was placed third for owner Stacey Moak trainer Vann Haywood and jockey Dennis Means.
Followed by Political Option (Jess Louisiana Blue-In His Dreams), T Boy P (King Corona-Got A Project), RDD Dashing Cowboy (First Prize Perry-Easy To Dazzle), McM Dashmaster (Heza Fast Dash-Oh Shez Zuper), Chicks Patriot (Game Patriot-Chick La Jolla), Jethro Almitey (Heza Fast Dash-Dash In The Wind) and Blue Louisiana Jolla (Jess Louisiana Blue-Somekinda Rainey).
Breaking sharply in 2nd from post 2, Downtown Forrest led at every subsequent call en route to a convincing 4 3/4-length victory in the $60,000 Live Oak Stakes for Louisiana-breds at Delta Downs on July 12.
Downtown Forrest covered his 870-yard trip in :45.689 and earned a season-best 96 speed index. Jake Pierce rode the 5-year-old gelding for owner Walter E. Alford of Raymond, Mississippi, and trainer Carl Crawford.
Downtown Forrest was making his first start since June 6, when he ran second in the $50,000 Virgil Bond 870 Stakes. A one-time $10,000 claimer, the gelding has won six of 18 outs – including six of 12 at the 870 trip – and he has earned $110,023.
Downtown Forrest was bred by John Hamlin and Chad Soileau. The gelding is one of nine winners from 11 starters foaled by Cece Chicado Classic, a 24-year-old mare by 1981 World Champion Special Effort. One of his 1/2-brothers, Patriots Special, ran third in the ’08 Live Oak Stakes-RG2. Another, Sand Valley, was a finalist in the 1998 West Texas Sun Country Futurity-G1.
Keepn It Kool (First To Shine-Kool K.J.) ran 2nd for owner David Lee Vance. The multiple stakes placed 5-year-old gelding was ridden by John Hamilton for trainer Danny Eldridge.
Mario G. Moreno’s Vics Classic (Streakin Victor-Werk’s Classic) finished 3rd. A 4-year-old gelding who ran second to Rocky Mountain Fly in last year’s Live Oak Stakes, he was ridden by Eddi Martinez for trainer Peter Carter.
Call Me Cajun Pie (Call Me Together-Sheza Faster Babe) ran fourth and was followed by 6-5 favorite Worlds On High (Game Patriot-Sissyisonahigh), Rocky Mountain Fly (Panther Mountain-Dealafly) Dashin Dove (Dashin Bye-Another Meddlinchick), and Mr La Jollas Game (Game Patriot-Streakin Goretha).
Delta Downs hosted the richest American Quarter Horse race in its 41-year history on July 12 during Louisiana Showcase Night. The evening featured eight stakes races for Louisiana-bred runners, highlighted by Game’s determined victory in the $645,645 Lee Berwick Memorial Futurity-RG1, a race named after prominent breeder and owner and the track’s founder.
With regular rider Orlando Baldillez in the saddle, Game broke cleanly & raced with the leaders early. In running to his name once again, Game ran down Hemps Jumpn Lajolla & Embrujo Star and closed to win by a head. He stopped the clock in :17.594 over a fast track for a speed index of 88 as the 2-1 race favorite.
Now a winner in 4 of 6 starts, Game picked up the 1st-place check of $322,822, driving his bankroll to $485,224 for owner Joseph Landreneau. It was the 2nd stakes win for Game, who also won the $265,285 Louisiana Laddie Futurity-RG2 in May for trainer Kelli Smith.
Bred in Louisiana by Joe Guitierrez, Game is the first foal & only starter out of winner Hot Charge, who was a finalist in the 2010 Ancira Ford Classic-RG3 at Sam Houston Race Park.
When Landreneau went to $12,000 to purchase Game at the LQHBA Yearling Sale in 2013, he had no clue how astute a buy he had made. “I would give anyone $12,000 if they were to turn around and give me $485,224 (the amount of Game’s earnings),” said Landreneau. “He’s been quite a purchase, that’s for sure. What makes him so special is that he loves his job. He loves going to work.”
Appropriately named, Game has clearly demonstrated what makes him so special. His only blemish is an 8th-place finish (he was bumped at the break) in the Mardi Gras Futurity-G2 in March. “I thought he was good enough to win the Mardi Gras,” Landreneau said. “He didn’t leave the gate very well in that race, but I thought he would win that one too.”
Game’s camp entered the Lee Berwick with plenty of confidence. “I knew if he broke and could get to the front that he would be tough,” Landreneau said. “You can’t tell in the chart or from watching it, but he actually went to the front and then horses went by him and he had to run them down. He is such a game horse. He tries hard every time. Kelli and everyone at the barn have done a great job with him. He came back great. The next morning he acted like he hadn’t even run.”
Mardi Gras Futurity winner Hemps Jumpn Lajolla (Jumpn-Hemps La Jolla) bumped early, dueled in the lane & just missed under Raul Ramirez Jr. for owner/trainer Miguel Rodrigquez. Louisiana Lassie Futurity-G2 winner Embrujo Star (Embrujo FG-Allas Toast) led early under Jose Vega & was 3rd for Hubert Vestal & trainer Trey Ellis. Followed by Louisiana Blue Belle (Jess Louisiana Blue-Dashin Sugarbaby), Weetzy (Okey Dokey Fantasy-Jazzing Micki), Mudbug (Jet Black Patriot-Dealazoom), Zihuatanejo (Heza Fast Dash-Told Ya) & I Am Intriguing (Jess Louisiana Blue-Ms Intriguing). Icanonlyemagine & Louisiana Jambalaya scratched.
Lets Jess Do It doubled his stakes total for Noe E. Pena, dashing to victory in the $50,000 Flying Breed Stakes on July 12 as the 2014 Delta Downs meet concluded.
The 4-year-old gelding posted his sixth win, and second in stakes company, in his 19th lifetime start. Lets Jess Do It notched his first stakes victory as a 2-year-old in the LQHBA Sale Invitational Stakes, and already had earnings in six digits before the $30,000 prize from this event improved his total bankroll to $133,320.
The short 250-yard distance left little margin for error, but Lets Jess Do It came flying from the outside under jockey David Alvarez after breaking sixth from the 8-hole. The gelding was running fourth at the stretch and then made a late rush to get to the wire first by three-quarters. Trained by Bobby Martinez, Lets Jess Do It finished in :12.849, posting a 104 speed index – his third in triple digits in a span of four outs dating back to last October.
It marked the second straight victory for Lets Jess Do It, with both coming at 250 yards.
Easy Acres Performance Horses bred Lets Jess Do It and owns his dam, Lets Separate, a 2002 mare who has produced five offspring – all starters. Lets Jess Do It is the only member of the brood with a stakes victory, and one of just two winners among those five foals.
Jess Good Lookin (Heza Fast Dash-Mornin Jess) finished second for owner Eric Johnson & trainer Heath Taylor. John Hamilton drew the riding assignment. The Notradamus (Dashin Bye-Fast N Smooth 880) took third place with Floriberto Maldonado aboard. George Del Fierro owns the Rodolfo Sanchez trainee. Followed by PM Runaway Dash (Heza Fast Dash-Runaway Lady Oak), First Dashin Perry (First Prize Perry-First Dashin Bye), King Daddy Dove (King Corona-Jazzing Micki), Heza Fast Rogue (Heza Fast Dash-Miss Jess Rogue) and One Swift Game (Game Patriot-Swiftone). Chicks Patriot & Patriots Toast were scratched.