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†Louisiana Downs Maiden Stakes

Louisiana Downs • Bossier City, LA

2/8/14 • 350yds • 3-5yo • $38,800 • Good

:17.676      Chicks Patriot, 4, g, (Game Patriot-Chick La Jolla)

Alejandro Sanchez/C Saldivar/M Rubalcava

                  Im Jess Blue, 3, c, (Jess Louisiana Blue-In The Open)

Kimberly & Herman Hogue/M Taylor/J Linares

                  Blue Dog Democrat, 3, g, (Jess Louisiana Blue-Mayor Mae)

Rogelio Marquez Jr/J Lopez/D Alvarez


†Not a stakes race

2/8/2014 Chicks Patriot with Martin Rubalcava aboard holds off #5 Im Jess Blue to win the 2nd running of the Louisiana Downs Maiden Stake at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City. Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

†Louisiana Downs Maiden Stakes

Louisiana Downs • Bossier City, LA

1/18/14 • Finals 2/8/14 • 350yds • 3-5yo • $20,000 added • Fast

:17.571      *MDT Street Justice, 3, g, (First Prize Perry-Rebas In The House)

Michael Taylor/M Taylor/J Hamilton
:17.597      Blue Dog Democrat
, 3, g, (Jess Louisiana Blue-Mayor Mae)

Rogelio Marquez Jr/J Lopez/D Alvarez
:17.836      *Chicks Patriot
, 4, g, (Game Patriot-Chick La Jolla)

Alejandro Sanchez/C Saldivar/M Rubalcava
:17.850      *Im Jess Blue
, 3, c, (Jess Louisiana Blue-In The Open)

Kimberly & Herman Hogue/M Taylor/J Hamilton
:17.937      SRF Modelo Knight
, 3, f, (Midnight Knight-Rumbulling Jazz)

Juan I Mercado/C Saldivar/A Lujan
:18.002      Jazz Under The Oaks
, 4, f, (Oak Tree Special-Dynojazz)

Dwayne J Saucier/B Martinez/D Alvarez
:18.098      Class of 59
, 3, g, (First Prize Perry-Runish)

R T LeBlanc & Mary Nell/R Hebert/E Cox
:18.108      Millisimos Game
, 4, g, (Game Patriot-Millisino)

Luis Armando Castellanos/J Beavin D Lavernge
:18.152      Bigtime Warrior
, 3, g, (Bigtime Favorite-Choctaw Rebel)

Teddy Mendoza/F Cavazos/G Medina
:18.184      Dana Jess Callme
, 3, g, (Jess Louisiana Blue-Call Me Dana)

Tony & Molly Doughtie/K Roberts Sr/J Vega

 

† Not a Stakes Race

*Trial Winner

1/18/2014 MDT Street Justice with John Hamilton aboard holds off Blue Dog Democrat (#8) to win the first of three Maiden Stake Trials at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

Louisiana Champions Day Derby-RG3

T Boy C (Sir Runaway Dash - Toast To Mallard, Toast To Dash)

Fair Grounds – December 14, 2013 – by John Moorehouse

12/14/2013  -  T Boy C with jockey Raul Ramirez (black silks, purple cap)  aboard outduels Fast Talkin Henry and jockey John Hamilton (red silks, red silks) to capture the 23rd running of the Grade II  Louisiana Champions Day Quarterhorse Derby at Fair Grounds.  Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

12/14/2013 – T Boy C with jockey Raul Ramirez (black silks, purple cap) aboard outduels Fast Talkin Henry and jockey John Hamilton (red silks, red silks) to capture the 23rd running of the Grade II Louisiana Champions Day Quarterhorse Derby at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

T Boy C has acquitted himself well in stakes competition this year. That trend continued for the gelding on Dec. 14, as he made a game run to the wire winning the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Derby-RG3 at the Fair Grounds.

T Boy C’s sophomore campaign now includes 3 wins, all in stakes races. The other victories were the Mardi Gras Derby & Vinton Stakes-RG3. T Boy C, who went winless as a 2-year-old, also has logged 3 additional in-the-money finishes in stakes company this year. The $50,000 payday for this start pushed his lifetime earnings to $232,609.

Owned by Jose Guzman & trained by Miguel Rodriguez, T Boy C ran at or near the front of the field for the entirety of the 400-yards. The gelding broke on top from the 5-hole, opening a 1/2-length lead by the 1st call. T Boy C then ceded the advantage to Fast Talkin Henry, and their battle continued down the stretch where T Boy C regained the lead & hit the wire 1st by a neck. Jockey Raul Ramirez Jr. was aboard as T Boy C finished in :19.539, good for a 105 speed index.

T Boy C’s dam, Toast To Mallard, also is a former winner of the Mardi Gras Derby – winning the 2004 version as the high point in a 20-race career that produced 6 wins and $110,000 in earnings. As a broodmare, Toast To Mallard has 3 starters from 5 foals. T Boy C is the only stakes winner in that group.

Fast Talkin Henry (Heza Fast Dash-Streakin Cindy) was a close 2nd under John Hamilton for owner Eric Johnson & trainer Heath Taylor. Dashin Gage (Oak Tree Special-Dash Lady Love) was 1 1/4-lenghts clear in 3rd under Jose Vega for owner Douglas Traylor & trainer Kenneth Roberts Sr.

Followed by Logans Mountain (Panther Mountain-Logans Game), Fishin With T (Fishers Dash-Snows Refrigerator) and Champions Passage (Storm Passage TB-Miss Jessie Bug). Chicharito Dash scratched.

12/14/2013 - T Boy C with jockey Raul Ramirez (black silks, purple cap) aboard outduels Fast Talkin Henry and jockey John Hamilton (red silks, red silks) to capture the 23rd running of the Grade II Louisiana Champions Day Quarterhorse Derby at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

Louisiana Champions Day Classic-RG2

Bipty Dash (Heza Fast Dash - Bipity Jazz TB, Kentucky Jazz TB)

Fair Grounds – December 14, 2013 – by John Moorehouse

12/14/2013  -  Jockey Alfonso Lujan pilots Bipsy Dash to win the 23rd running of the $100,000 Grade II LA Champions Day QH Classic at Fair Grounds.  Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

12/14/2013 – Jockey Alfonso Lujan pilots Bipsy Dash to win the 23rd running of the $100,000 Grade II LA Champions Day QH Classic at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

Bipty Dash’s banner 2013 campaign continued on Dec. 14, winning the Louisiana Champions Day Classic-RG2 at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Ivan Alford’s four-year-old reached the winner’s circle for the eighth time in 10 starts this year, with three of those victories coming in stakes company.

Alford cashed a $45,000 payday that increased the filly’s 2013 earnings to $164,300 and her lifetime bankroll to $202,480. Bipty Dash won her 4th straight race, and has finished 1st or 2nd in 9 consecutive outs.

The filly got bumped at the break emerging from the 11-gate, but jockey Alfonso Lujan kept Bipty Dash on course. She was running 5th at the 1st call, but swiftly closed the gap on the leaders. Bipty Dash was a close 2nd behind Blue Louisiana Jolla going into the stretch, but Lujan urged the filly to overtake her rival and she reached the finish line 1st by 3/4-lengths. It marked the 12th win in 23 total starts for Bipty Dash.

Trained by Ricky Long, Bipty Dash covered the 440-yards in :21.558 for a 103 speed index that equaled her career high. Israel Flores bred Bipty Dash out of the Thoroughbred mare, Bipity Jazz TB.

T Boy P (King Corona-Got A Project) was 2nd under Antonio Alberto for Tommy Davis & Lanny Keith, who is also the trainer. Blue Louisiana Jolla (Jess Louisiana Blue-Somekinda Rainey) was 3rd under Raul Ramirez for Elroy Potts Jr. & Watson Land and Cattle, and trainer Elroy Potts Sr. Followed by La Mos Chingono (Heza Fast Dash-Rita Regent), Intriguing Jess Blue (Jess Louisiana Blue-Call Me Intriguing), Toast To Lady Di (Toast To Dash-Lady Di’s Princess TB), Turbo Toasted (Toast To Dash-Warriors Sister), Rocky Mountain Fly (Panther Mountain-Dealafly), Ajs Fast Dash (Heza Fast Dash-Snows Refrigerator), Maxed Out Game (Game Patriot-Streakin Amber), Game Patriots Delux (Game Patriot-Delux Is Streaking) & JLS Mr Bigtime (Bigtime Favorite-Psalmist). Coors Select & Martini Mountain scratched.

12/14/2013 - Jockey Alfonso Lujan pilots Bipsy Dash to win the 23rd running of the $100,000 Grade II LA Champions Day QH Classic at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Lynn Roberts

Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile-RG2

The Game Cartel (Game Patriot - Angels Cartel, Corona Cartel)

Fair Grounds – December 14, 2013 – by John Moorehouse

12/14/2013  -  The Game Cartel with Luis Vivanco (purple silks) aboard captures the 23rd running of the  $100,000  Louisiana Champions Day QH Juvenile at Fair Grounds. Scooter Prize finished second.   Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

12/14/2013 – The Game Cartel with Luis Vivanco (purple silks) aboard captures the 23rd running of the
$100,000 Louisiana Champions Day QH Juvenile at Fair Grounds. Scooter Prize finished second. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

The Game Cartel proved to be a very game competitor indeed. After surviving a fractious start that involved nearly the entire field in the Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile-RG2, the filly recovered to win the $100,000 stakes by three-quarters on Dec. 14 at the Fair Grounds.

It marked the 1st stakes victory for The Game Cartel, who now holds 3 wins in 9 total starts. This was also The Game Cartel’s inaugural out in stakes company and she rose to the occasion. Jockey Luis Vivanco helped The Game Cartel survive a very bumpy start, and the filly moved to the front of the field by a 1/2-length entering the stretch. The Game Cartel widened the gap & pulled away to win by 3/4-lengths.

Robert Touchet trains The Game Cartel and co-owns the filly with Robicheaux Ranch, Inc. The stakes win reaped a $45,000 payday for her connections, and improved the total bankroll of The Game Cartel to $86,075. She also paid off handsomely at the betting window; The Game Cartel went off at 23-1 odds at post time.

The home-bred filly is out of lightly raced Angels Cartel. The Game Cartel is her only foal thus far.

Scooter Prize (First Prize Perry-Royal Baby Scooter) was 2nd under Jorge Linares for owner Ana Alvidrez and trainer Carlos Saldivar. Heza Fast Rogue (Heza Fast Dash-Miss Jess Rogue) was 3rd under Donald Watson for owner Brock Broussard and trainer Kevin Broussard. Followed by Sandra Sue Blue (Jess Louisiana Blue-Madame Mayor), Philips Streakin (Heza Fast Dash-Six Streakin Salute), Scoopies Leaving You (Coronas Leaving You-Ms Scoopies Toast), JLA Shake Back Baby (First Prize Perry-TMW Shesabigoleflirt), First Prize Jet (Jet Black Patriot-First Prize Diamond), RDD Dashing Cowboy (First Prize Perry-Easy To Dazzle), Yo Bean (Cosino-Justa Lil Jellybean), Brightlites Bigcity (First To Shine-Words Fail Me) & Oak Tree Eye Opener (Oak Tree Special-Eyes Of Lela).

12/14/2013 - The Game Cartel with Luis Vivanco (purple silks) aboard captures the 23rd running of the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day QH Juvenile at Fair Grounds. Scooter Prize finished second. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

Louisiana Breeders’ Futurity-RG1

 

Ol Time Preacher Man's winning connections © Glen Thibodeaux,  Evangeline Downs

Ol Time Preacher Man’s winning connections © Glen Thibodeaux,
Evangeline Downs

Ol Time Preacher Man (Heza Fast Dash - JJ Streakin Illusion, Streakin La Jolla)

Evangeline Downs – November 16, 2013 – by John Moorehouse

Ol Time Preacher Man winning teh Louisiana Breeders Futurity-RG1 © Glen Thibodeaux, Evangeline Downs

Ol Time Preacher Man winning teh Louisiana Breeders Futurity-RG1 © Glen Thibodeaux, Evangeline Downs

Veteran trainer Kenneth Roberts Sr. has been fielding and running Quarter Horses for years, but for Roberts, the LQHBA Futurity-G1 was one for the history books.

Roberts saddled Ol Time Preacher Man, the winning horse in the $1 million stakes on Nov. 16 at Evangeline Downs. In terms of purse, it was the most lucrative race ever won by Roberts.

“I’ve won the All American Derby. I’ve won the Texas Classic,” said Roberts, who won this race for the eighth time. “Money-wise, this was a lot better than anything I’ve run.

“To me, to be honest, it’s like another race. I don’t feel any different,” the trainer added. “I guess it’s never really hit me yet.”

To many, Ol Time Preacher Man’s futurity win might have come as a surprise. He didn’t break his maiden until the LQHBA trials, covering the 400-yards in :19.716 to tally the third-fastest qualifying time. He ran five-thousandths faster in the stakes final, but it was enough to reap a lofty $445,000 payday for the gelding’s owners at T M Ranch.

“I really did feel this horse was going to run a good race,” Roberts said “He’s peaking.  Every time we run, he’s doing something a little better. I felt real good about it.”

Ol Time Preacher Man justified his trainer’s high hopes. Starting from the outside of the nine-horse field, the young gelding made a smooth and steady run to the wire.

Ol Time Preacher Man's winning connections © Glen Thibodeaux,  Evangeline Downs

Ol Time Preacher Man’s winning connections © Glen Thibodeaux,
Evangeline Downs

Ol Time Preacher Man was running a close second both at the first call and as he entered the stretch, then chased down First Prize Jet during the final yards. The two competitors stayed stride for stride, hitting the line in a photo finish.

The official review declared Ol Time Preacher Man the victor by a nose. The margin was the narrowest in any race at the 2013 Evangeline meet.

Jockey Danny Lavergne was in the irons for the stakes-winning run, completed in :19.711 for a 98 speed index.

“I was pretty confident that I had won, but you never know and when they didn’t hang the numbers on the tote board right away, I started to get worried,” Lavergne said after the race. “Everything worked out just right. He broke well and was in contention throughout. When I asked him for his best in mid-stretch, he responded and we were able to win the head bob.”

It was also the biggest win ever recorded by the jockey.

Ol Time Preacher Man already was stakes-placed, finishing second in the LQHBA Sale Futurity-RG1 in September at the Fair Grounds. He appeared to turn a corner in that out, as the subsequent results indicate. The gelding now has two wins in six starts, collecting $503,222 in prize money.

Roberts said he’s not surprised to see Ol Time Preacher Man be somewhat of a late bloomer. He also trained his dam, fellow stakes winner JJ Streakin Illusion, and she followed a similar career track.

“I ran his mom and she matured late. I put him in that category for some reason,” Roberts stated. “I just felt he was going to be one of those late developers. It seems like that’s what he was doing.”

Those changes have been both physical and mental, according to the trainer.

“His whole body has changed since we started running him,” Roberts added. “He’s filled out. It’s just a blessing that he was peaking the way he was.

“He’s a real good-minding horse,” Roberts added. “He’s a little spooky about things and it takes him time to figure things out. Now, I think he’s figured out what to do and just putting everything into place now.”

Jo Baya Foreman bred Ol Time Preacher Man and owns his dam JJ Streakin Illusion, a 1998 mare who posted three wins in 13 starts and produced just over $50,000 in earnings. Her race record included a victory in the 2001 LQHBA Sophomore Stakes for fillies.

JJ Streakin Illusion has foaled nine offspring, seven of whom have made starts. That group includes a quartet of stakes winners, but claiming victory in this race with its seven-figure purse makes Ol Time Preacher Man the top earner in the brood.

Ol Time Preacher Man now is qualified for the Champion of Champions, to take place Dec. 15 at Los Alamitos. Assuming the gelding checked out well after the LQHBA, he’ll compete there.

“He pulled up good, but some horses have got big heart and they won’t show too much too quick.,” Roberts said. “I’m going to just play it by ear.”

First Prize Jet (Jet Black Patriot-First Prize Diamond), the biggest longshot in the field at odds of almost 36-1, was denied the win but finished a game second for owner Joe Flores and trainer Jaime Hernandez. Rodrigo Vallejo did the riding.

Brock Broussard’s Phillips Streakin (Heza Fast Dash-Six Streakin Salute), who won the LQHBA Sale Futurity-RG1, placed third. The Fructuoso Huitron trainee had Luis Ramirez in the irons.

The remaining order of finish was Heza Fast Rogue (Heza Fast Dash-Miss Jess Rogue), Bradys March Madness (Jess Louisiana Blue-Kokopelli Hills), top qualifier Jessanoldlove (Jess Louisiana Blue-Ms Intriguing), Oak Tree Eye Opener (Oak Tree Special-Eyes Of Lela), Marcys Prize Dashing (First Prize Perry-Marcys Dashin Bye) and Fjr Bread N Butter (Heza Fast Dash-Toast Butter). Yagouti was scratched.

Ol Time Preacher Man's winning connections © Glen Thibodeaux, Evangeline Downs

Evangeline Downs Derby

First Prize Shaunda (PYC Paint Your Wagon - First Prize Leesa, Mr Jess Perry)

Evangeline Downs – November 16, 2013 – by Michael Cusortelli

First Prize Shaudra winnign the Evangeline Downs Derby © Glen Thibodeaux, Evangeline Downs

First Prize Shaudra winnign the Evangeline Downs Derby © Glen Thibodeaux, Evangeline Downs

Making just her second start of the season, First Prize Shaunda scored a neck victory in the Nov. 16, $50,000 Evangeline Downs Derby. The 3-year-old filly covered 400-yards against a 15-mph head wind in :19.812. Raul Ramirez Jr. rode the brown daughter of PYC Paint Your Wagon for owner Weetona Stanley of Madill, Oklahoma, and trainer Heath Taylor.

First Prize Shaunda was bred in Oklahoma by Stanley and William E. Smith. The filly is one of two winners from four starters foaled by First Prize Leesa, a homebred 6-year-old Mr Jess Perry mare and winner of the 2009 Remington Park Futurity-G1.

First Prize Shaunda’s 1/2-sister, Leesa Gone Wild, ran 3rd in the Nov. 9, $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship-G2 at Los Alamitos. Her 2nd dam, First Prize Dash, was the Champion Broodmare in ’06.

The Evangeline Downs Derby marked First Prize Shaunda’s first race since Oct. 16, when she recorded a 3/4-length win and earned a career-best 103 speed index in a 220-yard entry level allowance at Evangeline. All told, the filly has won 4 of 7 races. The $30,000 winner’s share of the purse from her 1st career stakes victory pushed her bankroll to $66,985. First Prize Shaunda was also a finalist in last year’s 400-yard, $1-million Texas Classic Futurity-G1.

Ronnie James (Valiant Hero-Jess A Lil Bit), winner of last year’s Firecracker Futurity-G2, ran 2nd under Antonio Alberto for Brett Mennen & trainer Heath Taylor. I See Visions (One Famous Eagle-Vision Of Dash) was 3rd under Jerry Lee Yoakum for Donald L. Ming & trainer Vann Haywood. Followed by Fast Talkin Henry (Heza Fast Dash-Streakin Cindy), Blaze Carver (Wave Carver-Blazin Fire), Secret Courage (Captain Courage-Secretively), Just Wanna Corona (Stel Corona-Just Wanna Be Me), Logans Mountain (Panther Mountain-Logans Game) & Eyem Unstopable (Mr Eye Opener-Miss Corona Quick).

First Prize Shaudra winnign the Evangeline Downs Derby © Glen Thibodeaux, Evangeline Downs

Evangeline Downs Dash

Katillac Man (Country Chicks Man - Kitty Kat Dash, Dash Ta Fame)

Evangeline Downs – November 9, 2013 – by Michael Cusortelli

Katillac Man winning the Evangeline Downs Dash © Evangeline Downs

Katillac Man winning the Evangeline Downs Dash © Evangeline Downs

Rene Amaro’s Katillac Man sprinted to his fourth career stakes victory in the $26,900 Evangeline Downs Dash on Nov. 9. Prepped by Robert Meche and ridden by Martin Rubalcava, the 4-year-old gelding won by a neck and set a New Track Record covering 220-yards in :11.709 for a career-best 106 speed index.

Katillac Man was making his first start since May 25, when he ran fifth in the Develop A Plan Stakes-G3 at Delta Downs. The gelding was bred by Richard Joneson of Shawnee, Oklahoma. His sire, the 12-year-old Chicks Beduino stallion Country Chicks Man, was the Champion Aged Stallion in 2006.

Katillac Man is one of nine winners from 11 starters foaled by Kitty Kat Dash, a winning daughter of Dash Ta Fame. His 1/2-brother Prrr D Terrific won the 2002 Fair Meadows Juvenile Stakes.

Campaigned in Oklahoma, Iowa, and Louisiana, Katillac Man has now won seven of 18 races, and the $16,141 winner’s share of the Evangeline Downs Dash purse pushed his bankroll to $186,800, of which $123,149 was earned during a 2-year-old season that included a head victory as the second-fastest qualifier in the $84,664 Iowa Double Gold Futurity-RG3 at Prairie Meadows.

In 2nd was The Girls Got Game (Game Patriot-La Jolla High), ridden by David Alvarez for owner/trainer Robert J. Touchet. In 3rd was First Prize Doc (PYC Paint Your Wagon-First Prize Dash), who was 12 weeks removed from a win in the Gentilly Dash. First Prize Doc was ridden by John Hamilton for owner Dewey Kendrick III and trainer Frank Elizondo.

Followed by Fast Prize Jordan (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Fast Prize Doll), Sheezespeciallyfast (Heza Fast Dash-Spice Your Glass), Sparrow Contender (Contend-Taint Special), Game Patriots Delux (Game Patriot-Delux Is Streaking), Heza Gand Ds Dash (Heza Fast Dash-Mary Snow) & Sizzlin Cartel (Corona For Me-In His Dreams).

Katillac Man winning the Evangeline Downs Dash © Evangeline Downs

LQHBA Breeders’ Futurity-RG1

Evangeline Downs • Opelousas, LA

10/25/13 • Finals 11/16/13 • 400yds • 2yo • $1,000,000 estimated • Fast

 

:19.680      *Jessanoldlove, f, (Jess Louisiana Blue-Ms Intriguing)

Eduardo Lopez/G Garza Jr/D Alvarez
:19.715      *Bradys March Madness
, g, (Jess Louisiana Blue-Kokopelli Hills)

Jesse Rodriguez Jr/M Rodriguez/R Edison
:19.716      *Ol Time Preacher Man
, g, (Heza Fast Dash-JJ Streakin Illusion)

T M Ranch/K Roberts Sr/D Lavergne
:19.732      *FJR Bread N Butter
, g, (Heza Fast Dash-Toast Butter)

Jaime Torres/F Huitron/M Rubalcava
:19.735      *Heza Fast Rogue
, c, (Heza Fast Dash-Miss Jess Rogue)

Brock Broussard/K Broussard/D Watson
:19.764      Oak Tree Eye Opener
, g, (Oak Tree Special-Eyes Of Lela)

Haus Cordray/A Laws/D Lavergne
:19.771      Philips Streakin
, g, (Heza Fast Dash-Six Streakin Salute)

Jaime Torres/F Huitron/M Rubalcava
:19.795      Yagouti
, c, (Jet Black Patriot-Afri)

Pina-Garcia Ranch/K Roberts Sr/G Ortiz
:19.809      First Prize Jet
, g, (Jet Black Patriot-First Prize Diamond)

Joe M Flores/J Hernandez/A Lujan
:19.821      *Marcys Prize Dashing
, g, (First Prize Perry-Marcys Dashin Bye)

Scott Friesenhahn/K Roberts Sr/D Lavergne

*Trial Winner

Jessanoldlove winning her trial to post the fastest qualifying time © Evangeline Downs