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Track Record Setting Performance by First Prize Copy Tops the-Undercard Stakes at Fair Grounds


First Prize Copy with David Alvarez aboard sets a new track record for 300 Yards finishing in 15.050 seconds in the French Quarter Starter Stakes at Fair Grounds.

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By Martha Claussen

NEW ORLEANS, LA—SEPTEMBER 5, 2015—Three additional stakes were contested on the closing day undercard of the 2015 Fair Grounds Quarter Horse meet.

First Prize Copy Sets New Track Record in the $30,000 French Quarter Starter Stakes

Anna Alvidrez's First Prize Copy kept his impressive win streak alive, repelling six rivals in the $30,000 French Quarter Starter Stakes. Ridden by David Alvarez, he broke perfectly and drew off to a 2/1/2 length score, in a final time of 15.050 over a fast track. That mark bested the previous record of :15.09 set by Special Britt on August 24, 2012.

Cross-entered in the $40,000 Lakeview Starter Stakes, his connections opted for the 300 yard French Quarter Starter Stakes and were able to celebrate his seventh consecutive win. The 5-year-old son of First Prize Perry out of the First to Shine mare Shiney Copy is trained by Martin Trejo. Today's victory marked his 12 win from 24 start, and with the winner's check of $18,000, his career bankroll stands at $190,623. Teddy Mendoza and Patrick Wertz is the breeder.

First Prize Copy returned $3.20 as the 3-5 post time favorite.

Tf Hez Jess Rowdy lugged in and was disqualified, placing Who Dat Sez second and Swingin Dash, third.

Who Dat Sez is a Storm Passage (TB) 5-year-old owned by Geral Dewitt and trained by Anthony Avery. Bred by Dennis Miller the gelding out of One Curious Cutie, by First To Shine, earned $6,000.

Swingin Dash is a 3-year-old daughter of Swingin Jess owned-and-bred by Leslie Casterine, Jr. and Ernest Aparicio. Randy Edison had the riding call for trainer Noe Sanchez. The sorrel is out of Dashin Bye Cindy, by Dashin Bye.

Strong Guns Upsets in the $40,000 Lakeview Starter Stakes

A field of seven went to the starting gate for the $40,000 Lakeview Starter Stakes, at 440 yards. Lester Columb, Jr.'s Strong Guns, claimed at Delta Downs for $7,500, earned a check for $18,000. Ridden confidently by Rene Gutierrez, the 3-year-old son of Strong Hope, outran is his odds of 12-1, in gate to wire fashion.

Strong Guns and jockey Rene Gutierrez aboard captures the Lakeview Starter Stakes at Fair Grounds.
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Kenneth Weeks trains the bay gelding, who was making his 14th career start this afternoon, earning a career-high speed index of 105. V W Racing bred the bay from the First Down Jewel mare Gunslinger Girl.

Strong Guns, sent off at odds of 12-1, returned $27.00, $9.80, $6.60 across the board. Post time favorite, Happie Happie Happie closed well from the far outside post under Jorge Linares to complete the exacta.

Juan Carrillo, Jr. saddled the Jumpn gelding out of Goddess Athena, by Royal Shake Em. Chad Hart is the breeder.

Randy Edison guided Heza Dashin Dyno to a close third place finish. Brenda Foster saddled the Heza Fast Dash gelding out of Dynojazz, by Jazzing Hi, for owner Hiberto Guzman. Talmadge Cook is the breeder.

Streak of Music Tops Field in The $30,000 Faubourg St. John Stakes

Another astute claim was rewarded in the $30,000 Faubourg St. John Stakes with Streak of Music besting seven rivals in the 870 yard stakes.

Streak Of Music ridden by Donell Blake wins the Faubourg St. John Stakes at Fair Grounds.
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Owned by Kevin Nobles, the 4-year-old gelded son of Miracle Streak. was claimed for $10,000 in June at Delta Downs. With rider Donell Blake taking advantage of his rail post position, Streak of Music made won his second start this meet, crossing the wire in :45.433 seconds, earning a 102 speed index.

This was the 15th start for the Ray Robbins-trainee, who now has four wins at the distance of 870 yards. While he came off the pace for his win here on August 20, today, Blake guided him to the lead and he drew off by four lengths, returning $9.00 as the second betting choice.

McM Zuper Man, ridden by Donald Watson ran second owner/breeder Ponderosa Ranch of PC, Inc. and McM Farms, LLC. Vann Haywood conditions the Heza Fast Dash 6-year-old out of Oh Shez Zuper, by Zuppardo's Prince (TB). He earned $8,000 for the effort.

Keepn It Kool, under Alfonso Lujan, was third by a neck. The First To Shine gelding out of Kook K.J. (TB), by Bag (TB) races for owner David Vance and trainer Duane Eldridge Alfonso Lujan was aboard the Natalie Montgomery DVM bred.


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