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Nine Entered Back in $1-Million Louisiana QHBA Futurity


Multiple stakes winner Rdd Lajollanfastdash, has been entered back in Saturday’s 400-yard $1 million-guaranteed Louisiana QHBA Futurity (RG1) at Evangeline Downs.

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BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI

OPELOUSAS, LA—NOVEMBER 15, 2016—A field of nine state-bred juveniles, topped by fastest qualifier and multiple graded stakes winner Rdd Lajollanfastdash, has been entered back in Saturday’s 400-yard Louisiana QHBA Futurity (RG1) at Evangeline Downs.

With a purse of $1-million, the LQHBA Futurity is Louisiana’s richest horse race for any breed.

Rdd Lajollanfastdash is a son of Heza Fast Dash trained by Jose Sanchez for owner Miguel A. Aguilar, who acquired the gelding for $10,000 at last year’s LQHBA Yearling Sale. An earner of $290,677 from seven starts, he has won six races, including the 300-yard, $273,000 Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) at Louisiana Downs in March, and the 350-yard, $323,000 Louisiana QHBA Yearling Sale (RG1) at Fair Grounds in September.

Rdd Lajollanfastdash drew post 2 and will be ridden by Raul Ramirez Jr. His nine opponents include Louisiana Jewels, a daughter of champion Jess Louisiana Blue racing for Eric Johnson’s Harlow Stables LLC. Trained by Michael Taylor, the filly has won three of five races, including the 330-yard, $298,000 Louisiana Breeders’ Lassie Futurity (RG2) at Delta Downs in May, and she has banked $285,126.

Joe Badilla Jr. has been named to ride Louisiana Jewels, the third-fastest qualifier, from post 3.

Dragon N Panther, a gelded son of Dragon Wings trained by Saul Ramirez Jr. for owner Ricardo Javier Rodrigue Cantu, drew post 7 and will be ridden by J.R. Ramirez. Dragon N Panther is a graded stakes winner, as the gelding scored a half-length victory at odds of 12-1 in the 330-yard, $281,000 LQHBA Laddie Futurity (RG2) on May 21.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments--

  1. Gone Swingin (Damian Martinez)
  2. Rdd Lajollanfastdash (Raul Ramirez Jr.)
  3. Louisiana Jewels (Joe Badilla Jr.)
  4. Tellem Im Pumped (G.R. Carter Jr.)
  5. Fired Up Perry (David Alvarez)
  6. Oak Almighty (Eddie Aceves)
  7. Dragon N Panther (J.R. Ramirez)
  8. Kajun Kowgirl (Manuel Gutierrez)
  9. Tf Racee Runaway (John Hamilton)
  10. First Valiant Hero (G.R. Carter Jr.)

Also on Saturday, Tf Ms Perrys Runaway tops a full field of 10 in the 400-yard, $40,000 Louisiana QHBA Invitational Stakes (R). A homebred Sir Runaway Dash filly trained by Orlando Orozco for Stephen Tate’s and Jesus Torres’ T and T Racing Stable, drew post 2 and will be ridden by Manuel Garcia. Tf Ms Perrys Runaway’s resume includes a fifth-place finish, 1 1/2 lengths behind winner Rdd Lajollanfastdash, in the Louisiana QHBA Sale Futurity at Fair Grounds.

The LQHBA Futurity, and all Evangeline Downs races, can be seen at Q-RacingVideo.com.


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