News - Racing December  18, 2017

Ttt Kas and Miss Tee Lajolla Record The Fastest Time For $322,285 Louisiana Lassie Futurity


Ttt Kas, under jockey Raul Ramirez, Jr., set the bar in the first trial with a qualifying time of :16.809 seconds at Delta Downs Friday night.

© Nicole Cormier / Coady Photograph

VINTON, LA—APRIL 22, 2017—Delta Downs conducted a special 15-race program on Friday night to accommodate qualifying trials for this year’s Louisiana Lassie Futurity (RG2). This year’s Lassie will feature a record purse of $322,285 and the final will take place Friday, May 19. The top 10 fastest times from the trials earned a spot in the big race.

There was plenty of drama to go around during the Lassie trials as two horses tied for the fastest time of the night. There was also a tie for the 10th fastest clocking, which required a shake by the stewards in the racing office to determine which horse earned the right to run in the grade 2 event in three weeks.

The fastest time of the night was :16.809 seconds for 330 yards and it was accomplished by Ttt Kas in the first race of the night and Miss Tee Lajolla in the ninth. All 15 trials were conducted over a fast track. Each horse earned a speed index of 92 for their effort. Delta Downs offered a total purse of $10,000 in each of the trial races.

Miss Tee Lajolla, under jockey David Alvarez, defeating Eying Louisiana Game in the ninth trial to tie for the fastest qualifying time. © Nicole Cormier / Coady Photography
Ttt Kas is owned by Jorge Meraz and is trained by Jose Sanchez. The bay filly was ridden to victory by Raul Ramirez, Jr. The win by Ttt Kas was the second of her two-race career. She also won a trial for the Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) at Louisiana Downs during her career debut before finishing third in the final. Ttt Kas is a 2-year-old filly by Kas I Said So out of the Ichie Dancer mare Ima Georgiababy. She was bred in Louisiana by Rickey Thompson. A winner of two of three starts this season, the bay filly finished third in the RG2 Mardi Gras Futurity in her last start and has banked $36,773 this season.

Miss Tee Lajolla was making her career debut in the Lassie trials for owner Jerry Deville. The brown filly is trained by Ned E. Gutierrez, III and was ridden to victory by David Alvarez.

Miss Tee Lajolla is by second-crop sire Tee Cos out of the Streakin La Jolla mare Mean Norma Jean. She was bred in Louisiana by Landris Guillory and was purchased for $4,200 at the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association Yearling Sale last August.

The 10th fastest time of the night was 16.937 seconds and it was accomplished by Dashnunder Afullmoon in the fourth race and Fastdashing Lassie in the second heat.

After a shake was conducted in the racing office by the stewards, it was Dashnunder Afullmoon that made it into the rich final. The daughter of leading Louisiana sire Heza Fast Dash is out of the Dash Ta Fame mare Full Moon Dasher. She was $44,500 LQHBA Yearling Sale purchase for owner Rogelio Marquez, Jr. from breeder D & Racing LLC.

Tee Cos was the only sire with multiple qualifiers also getting the 8th fastest qualifier Tee Magica.

Trainer Kenneth Roberts, Sr. saddled two qualifiers for owners Chad Hart and Bobby Cox. Bureaucracy B, by Coronas Leaving You, posted the 5th fastest time and Jess Political by Jess Louisiana Blue, got the 6th fastest mark.

For the complete list of all10 qualifiers for this year’s Louisiana Lassie Futurity including times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys CLICK HERE.

Delta Downs will close out its second week of live racing on Saturday night with another special program that starts early at 5:50 pm. All 12 races on the card will serve as qualifying heats for this year’s $266,140 Louisiana Laddie Futurity (RG2), which will take place on Saturday, May 20. For more information about the current season visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com or on the Facebook page, ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing. For more information about the upcoming season visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com or on the Facebook page, ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.

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