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Evangeline Downs Futurity Trials Draw 75 Two-Year-Olds


Heza Dashin Bye winning his trial for the Dash For Cash Futurity in his last start.

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BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI

OPELOUSAS, LA—NOVEMBER 24, 2014—Graded stakes winners Hezadashinbye and Jess Toast Winner are among the 75 two-year-olds entered in Friday’s 400-yard Evangeline Downs Futurity trials.

Hezadashinbye has earned $145,062 from four starts for his owner, Narciso Flores, who also bred the colt by champion Tempting Dash. Trained by Christian Rubalcava, Hezadashinbye outran his 16-1 odds to win the 350-yard, $278,000 Firecracker Futurity (G2) at Delta Downs on the Fourth of July.

Hezadashinbye drew post 2 and will be ridden by David Alvarez in the third of nine trials.

Jess Toast Winner races for Maria Guadalupe Araiza from the barn of trainer Rodolfo Sanchez. The gelded son of champion Toast To Dash ships back from Texas, where he won the $103,000 TQHA Sires’ Cup Futurity (RG2) at Retama Park in June.

Jess Toast Winner (outside) defeated eventual Dash For Cash Futurity(G1) winner Rattle N Battle in the September 27th trials at Lone Star Park.
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Martin Rubalcava will ride Jess Toast Winner from post 9 in the final heat.

Other prominent 2-year-olds entered in the Evangeline Downs Futurity trials include Jerry D. Chapman’s Million Dollar Kiss, a homebred filly by champion Jess Louisiana Blue who is coming off of a second-place finish to AJs High in the October 18, $150,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Prairie Meadows, and D & S Racing LLC’s Fast Prize Alive, a colt by PYC Paint Your Wagon and a full brother to multiple stakes winner Fast Prize Jordan.

The 10 fastest qualifiers from Friday’s trials will meet in the $100,000-added Evangeline Downs Futurity final on December 20.

All Evangeline Downs races can be seen at Q-RacingVideo.com.


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