Louisiana Jambalaya (Jet Black Patriot - Iwanna Dash, Royal Quick Dash)
Fair Grounds – December 13, 2015 – by Michael Compton
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).