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Billy Montgomery Stakes-RG3

Patriots Toast's winning connections © Coady Photography

Patriots Toast’s winning connections © Coady Photography

Patriots Toast (Game Patriot - Wakeup To Toast, Toast To Dash)

Evangeline Downs – October 4, 2014 – by Michael Cusortelli

Patriots Toast winning the Billy Montgomery Stakes at Evangeline Downs © Caody Photography

Patriots Toast winning the Billy Montgomery Stakes at Evangeline Downs © Caody Photography

Patriots Toast was a prompt 3-10 favorite in the $30,000 Billy Montgomery Stakes-RG3 on Oct. 4 for Louisiana-bred distaffers at Evangeline Downs.

Prepped by Martin Trejo for owner Ana L. Alvidrez of Cartwright, Oklahoma, Patriots Toast covered 350 yards in :17.355 and earned a season-best speed index of 104 under jockey Raul Ramirez Jr. The 5-year-old mare’s margin of victory was 1/2-length from The Game Cartel.

Campaigned exclusively in Louisiana since her career debut in 2011, Patriots Toast has won 11 of 29 outs, and the $18,000 winner’s share of the Billy Montgomery purse pushed her bankroll to $194,242. The mare’s resume includes a 1/2-length win in the $60,000 Audubon Stakes for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares at Fair Grounds Racecourse on Aug. 16, and second-place finishes in this year’s Party Girl Stakes at Louisiana Downs and Flashy Hemp Stakes at Delta Downs.

Patriots Toast after winning the Billy Montgomery Stakes at Evangeline Downs © Caody Photography

Patriots Toast after winning the Billy Montgomery Stakes at Evangeline Downs © Caody Photography

Patriots Toast was bred by Dr. Tommy Hays of Elgin, Texas. Patriots Toast is one of two starters foaled by Wakeup To Toast, a 10-year-old daughter of 1996 Champion Two Year Old Toast To Dash.

Second-placed The Game Cartel (Game Patriot-Angels Cartel) races for Robicheaux Ranch Inc. and trainer Robert Touchet. Mario Trujillo rode the homebred 3-year-old filly, who won last year’s $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile Stakes-RG2 at Fair Grounds. Donald Lane Sargent’s McM Fast Dashin Blue (Jess Louisiana Blue-Fast Dash N Deb) ran third. Patrick Watson rode the sophomore filly for trainer Kenneth Roberts Sr.

Shesa Dashingromance (Heza Fast Dash-Dash N To Romance), Scooter Prize (First Prize Perry-Royal Baby Scooter), Dashing Jet Rio (Jet Black Patriot-Dashing Obsession), and Miss Runaway Dash (Sir Runaway Dash-Miss Mallard Too) completed the order of finish.

LQHBA Sale Futurity-RG1

9/5/2014 The connections of Louisiana Jambalaya accept Trophy Presentations in the Winner's Circle at Fair Grounds in New Orleans after winning the $286,560 LQHBA Sale Futurity. Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

9/5/2014 The connections of Louisiana Jambalaya accept Trophy Presentations in the Winner’s Circle at Fair Grounds in New Orleans after winning the $286,560 LQHBA Sale Futurity. Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

Louisiana Jambalaya (Jet Black Patriot - Firstdown Hemp, Hempens Angel)

Fair Grounds – September 5, 2014 – by Michael Compton

Louisiana Jambalaya wins the $286,560 LQHBA Sale Futurity Stakes, Friday September 5, 2014 at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans, LA. Lucas Constantin was the winning jockey. Owned by Mykelia Carter & Roderick Carter and trained by Justin Dehart, the 2 year-old-colt ran the 350 yards in 17.571 seconds. Photo by Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

Louisiana Jambalaya wins the $286,560 LQHBA Sale Futurity Stakes, Friday September 5, 2014 at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans, LA. Lucas Constantin was the winning jockey. Owned by Mykelia Carter & Roderick Carter and trained by Justin Dehart, the 2 year-old-colt ran the 350 yards in 17.571 seconds.
Photo by Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

Louisiana Jambalaya notched the first stakes win of his promising young career with a game victory in the $257,905 LQHBA Sale Futurity on Sept. 5 at Fair Grounds.

Piloted by Lucas Constantin, Louisiana Jambalaya raced with the first flight throughout the 350-yard event, pressuring early leader Hang On And Hush Up. Racing on the far outside after breaking from post position 10, Louisiana Jambalaya rallied strongly in the lane, collaring Hang On And Hush Up late and proving best on the line by a head.

In capturing his first stakes race, Louisiana Jambalaya stopped the timer in :17.571, earning a speed index of 93.

The race was not immediately made official as the stewards reviewed a pair of jockey objections lodged against the winner. Both Patrick Watson aboard Heza Louisiana Dash and Rafael Fernandez aboard Hezarunnintoachieve claimed interference in the early stages of the race, but after reviewing the video the stewards took no action.

The $103,162 winner’s share of the purse lifted Louisiana Jambalaya’s bankroll to $144,775. The two-year-old colt is now a winner in three of four career starts.

The second-fastest qualifier for the main event, Louisiana Jambalaya won his trial dash by 1-length. He races in the colors of Roderick and Mykelia Carter and is conditioned by Justin Dehart.

“We were real happy with his effort,” said Dehart. “Going into the race, I felt confident. He got in a little bit there, but he finished off real nice. It was a good race.”

Louisiana Jambalaya is the only horse Dehart trains for the Carters. He said he knew early on that the colt possessed talent.

“He has always been a good work horse,” related Dehart. “I knew he was a nice one when I worked him for the first time. He did it so easy and he outworked all of them. You never really know how good they can be until they run, but he did everything so easily in his workouts. He has a lot of talent. We’re blessed to have him and we’re excited about his future.”

Bred in Louisiana by Mars Racing and Robicheaux Ranch, Louisiana Jambalaya is produced from two-time winner Iwanna Dash, who qualified for the 1998 Oklahoma Derby-G2 and earned $14,576 during her racing career.

As a broodmare, Iwanna Dash is the dam of eight winners, including three stakes winners, from 10 lifetime starters. In addition to Louisiana Jambalaya, she has also foaled stakes winners More Nachos and Heza Gonna Dash, the latter an earner of $135,838 and the winner of the 2011 Don Cravins Stakes at Evangeline Downs.

Iwanna Dash is also the dam of graded stakes-placed runner Louisiana Panther, who was on the board in 20 of 34 career outings and earned $149,853. All told, her runners have amassed earnings of $487,357.

The appropriately named early leader Hang On And Hush Up (Fast Prize Dash-Sheza Neon Rose) ran to his name. He grabbed the early lead and held on for second under Garrett Median. A winner in his trial heat following a fouth-place finish in the Louisiana Juvenile Stakes in July, the bay gelding is a Louisiana homebred for Wade and Kay Loup and was saddled by Vann Haywood.

Mario Trujillo guided 25-1 long shot Jeti Luke (Jet Black Patriot-The Wise Cash) home in third for owner Geurras Racing Stable and trainer Octavio Saenz Jr. The sorrel gelding, also a winner in his trial, was seeking his third consecutive win.

RBD Fastestdashndeb (Heza Fast Dash-Debs Been Streakin), Party With Braxton (Swingin Jess-Holy Effort), Prize Winning Dash (Heza Fast Dash-Fast Prize Angle), Hezarunnintoachieve (Heza Fast Dash-RT Runnin To Achieve), Coonascorona (Coronas Leaving You-Streakin Attitude), Heza Louisiana Dash (Heza Fast Dash-Eyejesslovelouisiana) and Special Game Man (Game Patriot-Abstinence) completed the order of finish.

9/5/2014 The connections of Louisiana Jambalaya in the Winner's Circle at Fair Grounds in New Orleans after winning the $286,560 LQHBA Sale Futurity. Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

9/5/2014 The connections of Louisiana Jambalaya in the Winner’s Circle at Fair Grounds in New Orleans after winning the $286,560 LQHBA Sale Futurity. Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

9/5/2014 The connections of Louisiana Jambalaya accept Trophy Presentations in the Winner's Circle at Fair Grounds in New Orleans after winning the $286,560 LQHBA Sale Futurity. Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

Mid-City Stakes

9/5/2014  The connections of Fast Talkin Henry accept the Trophy Presentation after winning the $60,000 Mid-City Stakes at Fair Grounds in New Orleans (c) Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

9/5/2014 The connections of Fast Talkin Henry accept the Trophy Presentation after winning the $60,000 Mid-City Stakes at Fair Grounds in New Orleans (c) Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

Fast Talkin Henry (Heza Fast Dash - Streakin Cindy, Streakin La Jolla)

The Fair Grounds – September 5, 2014 – by Michael Compton

Eric Johnson’s Fast Talking Henry wins the $60,000 Mid-City Stakes Friday September 5, 2014 at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans, LA. John Hamilton was the winning jockey. Fast Talkin Henry set a new track record for the 400 yard race winning in 19.428 seconds (c) Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

Eric Johnson’s Fast Talking Henry wins the $60,000 Mid-City Stakes Friday September 5, 2014 at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans, LA. John Hamilton was the winning jockey. Fast Talkin Henry set a new track record for the 400 yard race winning in 19.428 seconds
(c) Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

Fast Talkin Henry did more than simply talk a good game against eight rivals in the $60,000 Mid-City Stakes at Fair Grounds on Sept. 5. The fleet-footed four-year-old gelding notched his 8th lifetime victory in the 400-yard fixture, dueling early and edging clear late under John Hamilton.

An alert beginning put Fast Talkin Henry in the thick of the battle early, racing in 2nd position, 1/2-length behind T Boy C. Once in full stride, it didn’t take Fast Talkin Henry long to get on even terms with T Boy C before poking a head in front in the lane.

The slight advantage was all Fast Talkin Henry needed. He drove clear late and proved best by 3/4-length, setting a New Track Record in the process. He earned a speed index of 107 stopping the timer in :19.428, lowering the previous standard of :19.441 set in 2013 by Winning Web,.

Heath Taylor conditions the multiple stakes winner for Eric Johnson. Fast Talkin Henry now boasts earnings of $349,824 and is a winner in 8 of 15 lifetime appearances and has placed in 4 others.

Russell Moward bred Fast Talkin Henry in Louisiana out of the two-time winner Streakin Cindy. She is the dam of additional winners Bigtime Cindy and Leavin Corona Behind.

Multiple stakes winner T Boy C (Sir Runaway Dash-Toast to Mallard) held 2nd under Manuel Gutierrez for owner Double H Racing Investments & trainer Adrian Huitron. Scooter Prize (First Prize Perry-Royal Baby Scooter) closed late for jockey Raul Ramirez to finish 3rd for Ana Alvidrez & trainer Martin Trejo.

Followed by Dashin Gage (Oak Tree Special-Dash Lady Love), Bonnies Jet (Jet Black Patriot-Oso Sweet Look), Coppers Fit (Copper Buff-Wings Of Angels), Political Option (Jess Louisiana Blue-In His Dreams), MCM Dashmaster (Heza Fast Dash-Oh Shez Zuper) & T Boy P (King Corona-Got a Project). Big Timer was scratched.

9/5/2014  The connections of Fast Talkin Henry in the Winner's Circle after winning the $60,000 Mid-City Stakes at Fair Grounds in New Orleans (c) Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

9/5/2014 The connections of Fast Talkin Henry in the Winner’s Circle after winning the $60,000 Mid-City Stakes at Fair Grounds in New Orleans (c) Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

9/5/2014 The connections of Fast Talkin Henry accept the Trophy Presentation after winning the $60,000 Mid-City Stakes at Fair Grounds in New Orleans (c) Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

LQHBA Sale Futurity Invitational

 

9/5/2014 The connections of Jes A Fast Dasher accept the Trophy Presentation in the Winner's Circle at Fair Grounds in New Orleans after winning the LQHBA Sale Invitaional Stakes (c) Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

9/5/2014 The connections of Jes A Fast Dasher accept the Trophy Presentation in the Winner’s Circle at Fair Grounds in New Orleans after winning the LQHBA Sale Invitaional Stakes (c) Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

Jes a Fast Dasher (Heza Fast Dash - Jes A Game, Game Patriot)

The Fair Grounds – September 5, 2014 – by Michael Compton

Jes A Fast Dasher wins the $30,683 LQHBA Sale Invitational Stakes Friday September 5, 2014 at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans, LA. Lucas Constatin was the winning jockey. The 350 yards was run in 17.579 (c) Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

Jes A Fast Dasher wins the $30,683 LQHBA Sale Invitational Stakes Friday September 5, 2014 at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans, LA. Lucas Constatin was the winning jockey. The 350 yards was run in 17.579 (c) Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

Jes A Fast Dasher made it three wins from his first five career starts with a smart score in the $27,616 LQHBA Sale Futurity Invitational on Sept. 5 at Fair Grounds.

Breaking from the far outside in post position 10, Jes A Fast Dasher simply dominated his rivals in the 350-yard dash. Ridden by Lucas Constantin, Jes A Fast Dasher grabbed the lead shortly after the start and rolled to victory, crossing the finish 1/2-length better than JRS Mighty Matteo.

Never challenged, Jes A Fast Dasher covered the distance in :17.579, earning a speed index of 93 for trainer Kenneth Roberts Sr., who also saddled third-place finisher B And G Fast Dash.

In winning the first stakes race of his career, Jes A Fast Dasher improved his record to 5-3-0-0 and increased his earnings to $35,852.

A homebred for Tony Doughtie, Jes A Fast Dasher is out of the multiple graded stakes-winning mare Jes A Game. From 22 lifetime starts, Jes A Game captured five stakes, four of them graded, en route to amassing earnings of $323,978. As a broodmare, she is the dam of five winners from seven starters. Jes A Fast Dasher is her initial stakes winner.

JRS Mighty Matteo (Mighty Corona-Williamina Rae) held the place spot under Eddi Martinez for owner TG Horse Racing LLC and trainer Jose Garcia. B And G Fast Dash (Heza Fast Dash-Rita Regent) rode the rail to get up for third to prove best of the rest. Donell Blake piloted the gelding for owner Oscar Rhone. Followed by Louisiana Blue Belle (Jess Louisiana Blue-Dashin Sugarbaby), Buzzinga (Jet Black Patriot-Reckless Fast Dash), Hallowed (Heza Fast Dash-Holy Ground), Call To Action (Heza Fast Dash-Sayin Together), Saint La Jolla (Saint Afleet TB-Dimple La Jolla), French Oak Tree (Oak Tree Special-French Martini TB) & Game Obsession (Game Patriot-Dashing Obsession).

9/5/2014 The connections of Jes A Fast Dasher in the Winner's Circle at Fair Grounds in New Orleans after winning the LQHBA Sale Invitaional Stakes (c) Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

9/5/2014 The connections of Jes A Fast Dasher in the Winner’s Circle at Fair Grounds in New Orleans after winning the LQHBA Sale Invitaional Stakes (c) Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

9/5/2014 The connections of Jes A Fast Dasher accept the Trophy Presentation in the Winner's Circle at Fair Grounds in New Orleans after winning the LQHBA Sale Invitaional Stakes (c) Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

Faubourg St. John Stakes

9/5/2014 The connections of Droppin Timber accept the Trophy Presentation in the Winner's Circle at Fair Grounds in New Orleans after winning the $40,000 Faubourg St. John Stakes (c) Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

9/5/2014 The connections of Droppin Timber accept the Trophy Presentation in the Winner’s Circle at Fair Grounds in New Orleans after winning the $40,000 Faubourg St. John Stakes (c) Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

Droppin Timber (First Timber - Droppindead Gorgeous, Strawfly Special)

The Fair Grounds – September 5, 2014 – by Michael Compton

Droppin Timber wins the Faubourg St. John Stakes Stakes Friday September 5, 2014 at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans, LA. John Hamilton was the winning jockey. Owned by Frank Greenhaw and trained by Orrin Cogburn, the 870 yard race was run in 46.245 seconds (c) Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

Droppin Timber wins the Faubourg St. John Stakes Stakes Friday September 5, 2014 at the Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots in New Orleans, LA. John Hamilton was the winning jockey. Owned by Frank Greenhaw and trained by Orrin Cogburn, the 870 yard race was run in 46.245 seconds (c) Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

Droppin Timber has an all or nothing running style. Heading into the Faubourg St. John Stakes, the four-year-old gelding owned five wins and a single third-place finish from 14 lifetime starts for owner Frank Greenhaw and trainer Orrin Cogburn.

The 4-year-old gelding was primed for a big effort in the Faubourg St. John Stakes as the son of First Timber was all business on Sept. 5, streaking to a facile score in the 870-yard marathon at Fair Grounds in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Ridden by John Hamilton, Droppin Timber raced in third position early while multiple stakes winner Worlds On High spurted clear of the field after the break. With the pacesetter retreating in the lane, Droppin Timber split foes willingly and drew off to win by 1 1/4-lengths, stopping the timer in :46.245.

It was the second straight stakes score for Droppin Timber, who captured the Special Hank Handicap at Albuquerque on Aug. 9. The Faubourg St. John Stakes win lifted Droppin Timber’s bankroll to $117,768 and improved his slate to 15-6-0-1.

Bred in Oklahoma by Danny Caldwell, Droppin Timber is the first stakes winner produced from the winless Strawfly Special mare Droppindead Gorgeous.

Keepn It Kool (First to Shine-Kool K.J.-TB) stalked the early pace and finished a game second under Donald Watson, who piloted the five-year-old gelding for owner David Lee Vance and trainer Danny Eldridge. Kris Locklear’s Worlds On High (Game Patriot-Sissyisonahigh) and jockey Alfonso Lujan showed the way early and faded to finish third for trainer Vann Haywood.

Followed by Vics Classic (Streakin Victor-Werk’s Classic-TB), disqualified from 4th to 5th Call Me Cajun Pie (Call Me Together-Sheza Faster Babe), Downtown Forrest (Beau Brummel SA-Cece Chicado Classic) & MCM Zuper Man (Heza Fast Dash-Oh Shez Zuper).

9/5/2014 The connections of Droppin Timber accept the Trophy Presentation in the Winner's Circle at Fair Grounds in New Orleans after winning the $40,000 Faubourg St. John Stakes (c) Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

†Lakeview Starters Stakes

Fair Grounds • New Orleans, LA
9/5/14 • 440yds • 3yo&up • $40,000 • Fast

:21.492        First Prize Copy, 4, g, (First Prize Perry-Shiney Copy)
Ana L Alvidrez/M Trejo/D Alvarez

Sir Prize, 3, g, (First Prize Perry-Susanna M Salter)
Karen Brown/V Haywood/D Means

Fast Eddie D, 5, g, (Quick To Flare Up-Lions And Tigers TB)
Timothy L Rice/R Robbins/D Blake

†French Quarter Starter Stakes

Fair Grounds • New Orleans, LA
09/05/14 • 300yds • 3yo&up • $40,000 • Fast

:15.135        King Daddy Dove, 4, g, (King Corona-Jazzing Micki)
Guillermo Herrera/C Saldivar/A Alberto

TF Eyes R Struttin, 3, f, (Struttin To Bedunio-Eyes R Special)
Louis Johnson Jr/L Keith/E Martinez

Allizoom, 3, f, (First Prize Perry-Lett Her Zoom)
Ana L Alvidrez/M Trejo/D Alvarez

Gentilly Dash

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

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).

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

Treme Stakes

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

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.

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