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Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile-RG2

Louisiana Jambalaya (Jet Black Patriot - Iwanna Dash, Royal Quick Dash)

Fair Grounds – December 13, 2015 – by Michael Compton

Louisiana Jambalaya winning the Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile Stakes at Fair Grounds © Lou Hodges Photography

Louisiana Jambalaya winning the Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile Stakes at Fair Grounds © Lou Hodges Photography

Louisiana Jambalaya remained perfect at Fair Grounds with his third win from as many starts over the track, taking down top prize in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile-RG2 on Dec. 13.

With regular rider Lucas Constantin in the irons, Louisiana Jambalaya battled for command soon after the start. The gray colt hung tough through the lane following the early tussle and denied Game by a head at the finish. Louisiana Jambalaya covered the 350 yards in :17.408, and the top two finishers both earned a speed index of 98 in the hotly contested dash.

It was the 2nd stakes win for Louisiana Jambalaya, who previously annexed the Louisiana QHBA Sale Futurity-G1. Never worse than 2nd in 6 lifetime starts, the colt now boasts earnings of $191,175 for owners Roderick and Mykelia Carter and trainer Justin Dehart.

Bred in Louisiana by Mars Racing and Robicheaux Ranch Inc., Louisiana Jambalaya is out of 9-time winner Iwanna Dash. The mare is the dam of 8 winners from 10 starters, including additional stakes winners More Nachos & Heza Gonna Dash, as well as graded stakes-placed Louisiana Panther.

Two-time stakes winner Game (Game Patriot-Hot Charge) once again ran to his name to just miss under Orlando Baldillez. The bay gelding is owned by Joseph Landreneau and is trained by Kelli Smith. Zoomin for Bugs (Zoomin for Bux-Toast to Bugs) and jockey Gilbert Ortiz saw the lead briefly in the lane and held on for 3rd in the colors of owner Joan Rood for trainer Randy Hebert. Followed by Jumpn Jesse (Dashacrossyourmind-Jessies Arrangement), Sweet Okey Dokey (Okey Dokey Fantasy-Sweet Mama Gene), Fast Preacher Man (Jet Black Patriot-Predictably), TM Dees Prize (Fast Prize Dash-Call Her Dee), Hemps Jumpn Lajolla (Jumpn-Hemps La Jolla), Jeti Lake (Jet Black Patriot-The Wise Cash), Mayo T (Game Patriot-Special O Toole) & Gotta Run Miss (Agouti-Miss True TB).

Louisiana Jambalaya winning the Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile Stakes at Fair Grounds © Lou Hodges Photography

Louisiana Champions Day Derby-RG3

Scooter Prize (First Prize Perry - Royal Baby Scooter, A Royale High)

Fair Grounds – December 13, 2015 – by Michael Compton

12/13/2014  -  Scooter Prize charges on the outside to capture the LA Champions Day Quarterhorse Derby at Fair Grounds.   Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

12/13/2014 – Scooter Prize charges on the outside to capture the LA Champions Day Quarterhorse Derby at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

Scooter Prize claimed the 2nd stakes win of her career and 7th win overall with a game victory in the 400-yard $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Derby-RG3 at Fair Grounds on Dec. 13.

With Raul Ramirez Jr. riding for trainer Martin Trejo, Scooter Prize chased early leaders The Game Cartel and Hesablackmagic away from the gate before rallying strongly through the lane to collar those two rivals to post the win. Scooter Prize scored a nose victory at the wire, stopping the timer in :19.925 for a speed index of 94.

The $45,454 winner’s share of the purse boosted Scooter Prize’s career bankroll to $219,845 for owner Ana Alvidrez. Winner of the Vinton Stakes-RG3 in May, Scooter Prize has emerged victorious in 7 of 22 lifetime starts. In addition to her pair of stakes scores, the sorrel filly is also multiple graded stakes-placed, having finished 3rd in the 2013 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile-RG2, the LQHBA Lassie Futurity-RG2, and this year’s Delta Downs Louisiana Bred Derby-RG3 and the Mid-City Stakes.

Bred in Louisiana by John K. Leger, Scooter Prize is produced from the winless but stakes-placed mare Royal Baby Scooter.

Runner-up Hesablackmagic (Jet Black Patriot-Toast Of Magic), owned by Joan Rood and trained by Randy Hebert, was bumped after the start but ran gamely under Gilbert Ortiz for second place. The Game Cartel (Game Patriot-Angels Cartel), with David Alvarez up for owner-trainer Robert Touchet and Robicheaux Ranch Inc. flashed high speed at the start and held for third. Followed by Heza Bell Perry (Heza Fast Dash-De Bell Perry), Ol Time Preacher Man (Heza Fast Dash-JJ Streakin Illusion), JLS Book Of Psalms (First Prize Perry-Psalmist), Heza Fast Rogue (Heza Fast Dash-Miss Jess Rogue), Sandra Sue Blue (Jess Louisiana Blue-Madame Mayor) & Kool Design (First N Kool-Mitey Good Design).

12/13/2014 - Scooter Prize charges on the outside to capture the LA Champions Day Quarterhorse Derby at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

Louisiana Champions Day Classic-RG2

Dashin Gage (Oak Tree Special - Dash Lady Love, Dash Thru Traffic)

Fair Grounds – December 13, 2014 – by Michael Compton

12/13/2014  -  Dashin Gage  gets a nose in front and wins the 25th running of the LA Champions Day Quarterhorse Classic at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

12/13/2014 – Dashin Gage gets a nose in front and wins the 25th running of the LA Champions Day Quarterhorse Classic at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

The winning margin may have been smaller than anticipated, but Dashin Gage justified his 4-5 odds in the Louisiana Champions Day Classic-RG2 with a narrow victory in the 440-yard test at Fair Grounds on Dec. 13.

Ridden by Jose Vega, Dashin Gage jumped to the front at the start, opening a clear early advantage. Under a hand ride approaching the wire, Dashin Gage crossed the finish a measured head in front, stopping the timer in :21.841. The Kenneth Roberts Sr. trainee earned a speed index of 97 in notching his third career stakes score.

Now a winner in 7 of 21 lifetime starts, Dashin Gage boasts earnings of $332,423 for owner Douglas Traylor. Winner of the John Alleman Memorial Stakes-G3 at Delta Downs in April and the 2012 Louisiana QHBA Sale Futurity-RG1 at Evangeline Downs, Dashin Gage has also placed in 5 stakes.

Bred in Louisiana by Margie Loup, Dashin Gage is the initial stakes winner produced from two-time winner Dash Lady Love, who is the dam of four winners from five starters.

JLS Mr Bigtime (Bigtime Favorite-Psalmist) was 2nd under Patrick Watson. Despite not winning the event, the 6-year-old gelding made some news of his own, becoming just the 2nd Louisiana-bred Quarter Horse to surpass $1 million in career earnings. JLS Mr Bigtime is a Louisiana homebred for JLS Speed Horse Ranch Inc. trained by Darrel Soileau. Blue Louisiana Jolia (Jess Louisiana Blue-Somekinda Rainey) was 3rd under Gilbert Ortiz for trainer/co-owner Elroy Potts Jr., who campaigns the gelding in partnership with Watson Land and Cattle. Followed by Bipty Dash (Heza Fast Dash-Bipity Jazz TB), AJS Fast Dash (Heza Fast Dash-Snows Refrigerator), Perrys Runaway (Sir Runaway Dash-Ms Perrys Money), I Can Toast Fast (Toast to Dash-Icanrunfast) & Big Timer (Bigtime Favorite-Our Fancy Native).

12/13/2014 - Dashin Gage gets a nose in front and wins the 25th running of the LA Champions Day Quarterhorse Classic at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

Mojo’s Stakes

First Dashin Perry after winning the Mojo's Stakes at Evangeline Downs © Coady Photography

First Dashin Perry after winning the Mojo’s Stakes at Evangeline Downs © Coady Photography

First Dashin Perry (First Prize Perry - First Dashin Bye, Dashin Bye)

Evangeline Downs – November 29, 2014 – by Danny Camp

First Dashin Perry winning the Mojo's Stakes at Evangeline Downs © Coady Photography

First Dashin Perry winning the Mojo’s Stakes at Evangeline Downs © Coady Photography

It’s not how you start, but rather how you finish that counts. At the start of the $25,000 Mojo’s Stakes at Evangeline Downs on Nov. 29, First Dashin Perry was bumped from both sides. The 4-year-old colt never complained or made excuses, but did what he was bred & trained to do. First Dashin Perry showed class by overcoming adversity at the start & hanging on to win.

Breaking from the 2-post on the lead, Raul Ramirez Jr. let his mount get rolling. Half way down the 300-yard event, the jockey showed First Dashin Perry the right-handed whip, and then the left hand. That was the formula for success. The pair received every call and stopped the clock a head in front with a time of :15.424 for a 96 speed index.

First Dashin Perry winning the Mojo's Stakes at Evangeline Downs © Coady Photography

First Dashin Perry winning the Mojo’s Stakes at Evangeline Downs © Coady Photography

First Dashin Perry now has a record of five wins out of 10 starts, winning his last two in a row including a 300-yard New Track Record at Evangeline Downs. The colt previously won four consecutive races. The $15,000 winner’s share of the Mojo’s Stakes takes First Dashin Perry’s bankroll to $65,172.

Owned by Jorge Meraz and trained by Frank Cavazos, First Dashin Perry was bred by Jorge Meraz in Louisiana. The colt’s dam, First Dashin Bye, owns a 109 speed index and won 9 of 12 starts including 5 stakes. She has produced 100% ROM earners, 4 winners & 2 blacktype earners from 5 starters. First Dashin Perry is her 1st stakes winner & top earner.

Floriberto Maldonado and Chale Viejo (Mr Queens Mystery-My Mamas Miracle) took 2nd for owner/trainer Robert J. Touchet. David Alvarez and Rosouti (Agouti-Rose For Windy) were 3rd for owner Rogelio Marquez Jr. & trainer Martin Trejo. Followed by Jess A Martini (Swingin Jess-French Martini TB), Ld Streakin N Leavin (Coronas Leaving You-Streakin Juanita), Tf Eyes R Struttin (Struttin To Beduino-Eyes R Special), Smart Comment (First Comment-Ms Warriors Year) & Bammies Leaving You (Coronas Leaving You-Bammies Jewel).

First Dashin Perry after winning the Mojo's Stakes at Evangeline Downs © Coady Photography

LQHBA Invitational Breeders’ Stakes

Dashacrossyourmind (Heza Fast Dash - Doievercrossyourmind, Mr Eye Opener)

Evangeline Downs – November 29, 2014 – by Michael Compton

Dashacrossyourmind winning the LQHBA Invitational Breeders Stakes at Evangeline Downs © Coady Photography

Dashacrossyourmind winning the LQHBA Invitational Breeders Stakes at Evangeline Downs © Coady Photography

Dashacrossyourmind has been a busy juvenile for owners Brock Broussard and Jacque Bourque. The bay colt broke his maiden in May at Delta Downs in his second lifetime start, and he became a stakes winner in his 10th outing of the year, taking down top prize in the LQHBA Invitational at Evangeline Downs on Nov. 29.

Ridden by Donald Watson, Dashacrossyourmind broke sharply and dueled for the early lead with Oak Trees Memory. After putting that rival away, Dashacrossyourmind fended off a late challenge from race favorite Heza Louisiana Dash to prevail by a neck at the finish. Dashacrossyourmind stopped the timer in :19.774 for 400 yards and earned a speed index of 95.

Trained by Kevin Broussard, Dashacrossyourmind now has 2 wins from 10 starts and has earned $16,427.

Dashacrossyourmind winning the LQHBA Invitational Breeders Stakes at Evangeline Downs © Coady Photography

Dashacrossyourmind winning the LQHBA Invitational Breeders Stakes at Evangeline Downs © Coady Photography

Bred in Louisiana by T. Rogers and T.G. Fontenot MD, Dashacrossyourmind is the first stakes winner out of winner Doievercrossyourmind. Dashacrossyourmind is a half-brother to two-time winner Jessyoudo.

Runner-up Heza Louisiana Dash (Heza Fast Dash-Eyejesslovelouisiana) rallied strongly in the lane to just miss under Patrick Watson. The brown gelding races in the colors of T M Ranch and is conditioned by Kenneth Roberts Sr. Oak Trees Memory (Oak Tree Special-Grab a Memory) flashed early foot, but failed to match strides with the top two finishers late. John Hamilton piloted the gelding for owners Dwayne Saucier and Raymond Loup and trainer Heath Taylor. Cab Your Neigh (Jet Black Patriot-Hot Stuffs Domino), RBD Fastestdashndeb (Heza Fast Dash-Debs Been Streakin), Little Blue Dove (Jess Louisiana Blue-Hurried Connection), Saint La Jolla (Saint Afleet-TB-Dimple La Jolla), De Fast Perry (Heza Fast Dash-Bell Perry)and Swagger Jack (Jet Black Patriot-Abbagail Kate), who was declared a non starter, completed the order of finish. MDA Game  was scratched.

Dashacrossyourmind winning the LQHBA Invitational Breeders Stakes at Evangeline Downs © Coady Photography

LQHBA Breeders’ Futurity-RG1

JLS Dashn And Zoomn's winning connections © Coady Photography

JLS Dashn And Zoomn’s winning connections © Coady Photography

JLS Dashn and Zoomn (Sir Runaway Dash - Shaken Thru Zoom, Shazoom)

Evangeline Downs – November 29, 2014 – by Michael Compton

JLS Dashn And Zoomn winning the LQHBA Breeders' Futurity at Evangeline Downs © Coady Photography

JLS Dashn And Zoomn winning the LQHBA Breeders’ Futurity at Evangeline Downs © Coady Photography

JLS Dashn And Zoomn flirted with the track record at Evangeline Downs when he dashed to a 3-length score in the Nov. 7th trials for the LQHBA Futurity-RG1. In the $1 million main event on Nov. 29, the precocious sorrel gelding, who was the fastest qualifier for the event, backed up his strong trial win with another clear victory for owner Jose Guzman and trainer Brenda Foster.

Ridden by Raul Ramirez Jr., JLS Dashn And Zoomn hit the front soon after the start, drawing clear of his nine rivals in the lane. Despite drifting late, he maintained a clear advantage through to the wire, winning by a measured 1/2-length margin on the line.

In capturing the initial stakes win of his young career, JLS Dashn And Zoomn stopped the timer for 400 yards in :19.726 and earned a speed index of 97. His final clocking wasn’t as fast as his trial win, however, which was accomplished in a :19.502, just missing the :19.411 track record set in 2010 by JLS Mr Bigtime. Coincidentally, the track-record holder was bred by JLS-Speedhorse Ranch Inc., breeders of JLS Dashn And Zoomn.

JLS Dashn And Zoomn winning the LQHBA Breeders' Futurity at Evangeline Downs © Coady Photography

JLS Dashn And Zoomn winning the LQHBA Breeders’ Futurity at Evangeline Downs © Coady Photography

“When he won the race before the trials without even being asked to run, we knew we had something,” said Foster. “In the trials, he confirmed he was the horse we thought he was.  Every time you get on him, he gets better. He continues to mature more and more.

“I felt real good about the finals,” she added. “I felt if we got a clean break, it would be easy for him to win.”

The lucrative stakes score lifted JLS Dashn And Zoomn’s career bankroll to $467,710 and improved his record to 8-4-1-0. While the young gelding is all business on the racetrack, JLS Dashn And Zoomn is docile away from the spotlight.

“He’s very quiet when he’s in his stall,” Foster related a couple of days following the biggest win of her training career. “It’s almost unusual how quiet he is. Since he was gelded, he has been training like a dream. He’s such a joy to train.

JLS Dashn And Zoomn winning the LQHBA Breeders' Futurity at Evangeline Downs © Coady Photography

JLS Dashn And Zoomn winning the LQHBA Breeders’ Futurity at Evangeline Downs © Coady Photography

“I’ve been doing this for 20-something years,” she added, “and this is the biggest win of my career. Believe me, it is very special to us, and it goes to show (you), never give up on yourself. It’s all been in the Good Lord’s hands.”

The race also meant a great deal to Guzman and his wife, Yoli, who has courageously fought cancer. “This win was so great for her,” Foster said. “She was standing by me in the winner’s circle. It was so special. Our pink silks were designed to show our support for Yoli. She has been cancer free for six months.”

Foaled in Louisiana, JLS Dashn And Zoomn is out of 4-time winner Shaken Thru Zoom. An earner of $26,257 during her career, she is the dam of 2 winners from 3 starters and JLS Dashn And Zoomn is her first stakes winner.

Jes A Fast Dasher (Heza Fast Dash-Jes A Game), seeking his 4th consecutive win and 2nd stakes for trainer Kenneth Roberts Sr., was 2nd under Lucas Constantin for owner Tony Doughtie. Fast Preacher Man (Jet Black Patriot-Predictably) was 3rd under John Hamilton for owners Timothy & Theresa Stephens and trainer Trey Ellis. Followed by Mudbug (Jet Black Patriot-Dealazoom), Firefly Fortune (Jet Black Patriot-Toast to Fortune), Icanonlyemagine (Swingin Jess-Real Or Imagines), Patriot Heart (Game Patriot-Shes a Killer), Louisiana Sixshooter (Heza Fast Dash-California Sixes), LRH Jack Black (Jet Black Patriot-DRH Sashed) & Hezarunnintoachieve (Heza Fast Dash-RT Runnin to Achieve).

JLS Dashn And Zoomn after winning the LQHBA Breeders' Futurity at Evangeline Downs © Coady Photography

JLS Dashn And Zoomn after winning the LQHBA Breeders’ Futurity at Evangeline Downs © Coady Photography

 

JLS Dashn And Zoomn's winning connections © Coady Photography

JLS Dashn And Zoomn’s winning connections © Coady Photography

 

JLS Dashn And Zoomn's winning connections © Coady Photography

JLS Dashn And Zoomn’s winning connections © Coady Photography

 

LQHBA Breeders' Futurity Evangeline Downs jockeys © Coady Photography

LQHBA Breeders’ Futurity Evangeline Downs jockeys © Coady Photography

JLS Dashn And Zoomn's winning connections © Coady Photography

Evangeline Downs Derby

Evangeline Downs • Opelousas, LA
11/29/14 • Finals 12/20/14 • 400yds • 3yo • $75,000 added • Fast

:19.828      *Cartels Fortune, f, (Carters Cartel-Jewels Fortune)
Rodney J Verret/K Roberts Sr/P Watson

:19.910      Powerful Feature, g, (Feature Mr Jess-Powerful Performance)
Julio Rodriguez/J Lopez/F Calderon

:19.918      *T Boy G, g, (Sir Runaway Dash-Got A Project)
Ana L Alvidrez/M Trejo/D Alvarez

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

:19.993      Jess Like Zoom, c, (Mr Jess Perry-Fast Prize Zoom)
William E Smith/M H Taylor/T Purcell

:19.998      Here O Beduino, c, (No Secrets Here-Keen O Beduino)
Cynthia Cruz/I Flores/R Ramirez Jr

:20.019      The Eagle Express, g, (One Famous Eagle-Rustys Quickid)
Mary G Lynne Thompson/L Kopycinski/G Ortiz

:20.021      Firstdowndash Cartel, c, (First Down Dash-Cash Cartel)
Mercy Hinklin’s Horse Farm LLC/K Roberts Sr/D Blake

:20.043      *Im Carvin Waves, g, (Wave Carver-Ima Task Also)
Guerras Racing Stables/O Saenz Jr/R Edison

:20.054      MDT Backstreet Bully, g, (First Prize Perry-Thru Rebas Eyes)
Alejandro Sanchez/C Saldivar/R Edison

Evangeline Downs Futurity

Evangeline Downs • Opelousas, LA
11/28/14 • Finals 12/20/14 • 400yds • 2yo • $100,000 added • Fast

:19.896      *Quite Riot, c, (Swingin Jess-Dashs Co Ed)
Luis Gutierrez-Perry/R Sanchez/M Garcia

:19.945      *Fasttimeswith Redoak, g, (Red Oak Special-RG Miladys Fast Lady)
Trinidad Flores/R Sanchez/L Vivanco

:19.983      Jess Cutnup Quick, g, (Jess Louisiana Blue-Call Me Quik)
Erick Montes/B Alcantara/J Cantu

:19.986      *WW Showtime, c, (First Prize Perry-WW Family Traditioin)
Jaime Flores/H Garza/J Hamilton

:20.008      *Zoomin Baby, g, (Jess Zoomin-Royal Baby Sister)
Craig Lauger/M H Taylor/J Hamilton

:20.022      Gagastoasttobliss, f, (First Moonflash-Toast To My Mom)
Tony Doughtie/K Roberts Sr/P Watson

:20.030      Sunny And 75, f, (Brookstone Bay-Fly With It)
Jason Richards/K Roberts Sr/P Watson

:20.072      Hezadashinbye, c, (Tempting Dash-Goinbye)
Narciso Flores/C Rubalcava/D Alvarez

:20.102      *Zimpool, f, (Pool-Zimalue)
J C & Sons Stables/R Touchet/D Alvarez

:20.130      **NCC Game On, c, (Game Patriot-First Place Affair)
Jose Luis Ozuna/A Villarreal/F Calderon

** Won shake

Races And Aces Stakes

Keepn It Kool's winning connections © Coady Photography

Keepn It Kool’s winning connections © Coady Photography

Keepn It Kool (First To Shine - Kool K. J. TB, Bag)

Evangeline Downs – November 22, 2014 – by John Moorehouse

Keepn It Kool winning the Races And Aces Stakes at Evangeline Downs © Coady Photography

Keepn It Kool winning the Races And Aces Stakes at Evangeline Downs © Coady Photography

After 30 starts and 5 runner-up finishes in stakes company, Keepn It Kool finally broke through for his first-ever stakes victory, drawing clear late to win the $35,000 Races And Aces Stakes in impressive fashion on Nov. 22 at Evangeline Downs.

A 5-year-old gelding, Keepn It Kool tallied 3 of those 2nd-place efforts in stakes races this year, most recently the Faubourg St John Stakes where he repeated in 2nd place. Owned by David Lee Vance, Keepn It Kool now holds 8 wins in 31 lifetime starts, and the $21,000 payday from this triumph increased his total bankroll past the $150,000 milestone to $168,518.

A Danny Eldridge trainee, Keepn It Kool was the post-time favorite at nearly 2-1 odds and lived up to that billing. Jockey John Hamilton led the gelding out of the 5-hole and had Keepn It Kool running a solid 3rd at the 1st call. The gelding overtook Worlds On High, and led by a head as he entered the stretch. Keepn It Kool blew away from his rivals during the final yards, opening up enough separation to win by a 1 3/4-length margin.

The 870-yard trip took :46.492, registering an 88 speed index. This has been the most successful campaign yet for Keepn It Kool, who has four wins and four second-place finishes in 10 starts this year.

Natalie Montgomery, DVM bred Keepn It Kool out of the Thoroughbred mare Kool K. J. TB.

Worlds On High (Game Patriot-Sissyisonahigh) holds multiple stakes wins, but his owner Kris Locklear claimed the 2nd-place share of the purse this time. The gelding is trained by Vann Haywood and had Dennis Means in the irons. Wakeup N Dash (Heza Fast Dash-Wakeup Call) hit the board in 3rd for owner Geral Dewitt and trainer Anthony Arey. Jockey Zacharie Kelsey was aboard. Followed by Call Me Cajun Pie (Call Me Together-Sheza Faster Babe), T Boy P (King Corona-Got A Project), McM Zuper Man (Heza Fast Dash-Oh Shez Zuper) & Shez First Class Act (Heza Fast Dash-Class Will Shine TB).

Keepn It Kool's winning connections © Coady Photography

Opelousas Stakes

Fast Talkin Henry's winning connections © Coady Photography

Fast Talkin Henry’s winning connections © Coady Photography

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

Evangeline Downs – November 15, 2014 – by Danny Camp

Fast Talkin Henry winning the Opelousas Stakes at Evangeline Downs © Coady Photography

Fast Talkin Henry winning the Opelousas Stakes at Evangeline Downs © Coady Photography

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).

Fast Talkin Henry's winning connections © Coady Photography