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Fair Grounds Runs Stakes Quintet

Blue Louisiana Jolla wins graded stakes on rich card.

August 25, 2013

Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans featured a card of five American Quarter Horse stakes on Saturday for both open company and Louisiana-breds, highlighted by the $75,000 Mid-City Stakes (RG2) for older horses. The sealed track started out as muddy, then changed to good and finally to fast before the card was done.

In the Mid-City, the only graded race of the five stakes, Elroy Potts Jr. and Watson Land and Cattle’s Blue Louisiana Jolla prevailed by a neck in :19716 for 400 yards. Raul Ramirez Jr. rode for trainer Elroy Potts Sr.

Blue Louisiana Jolla, an 8-year-old gelding by Jess Louisiana Blue, has now won 10 of 41 starts with seven seconds and nine thirds. His earnings stand at $388,850. Even though the gelding has been consistently hitting the board against Louisiana-bred stakes company, this marked his first victory since the Delta 550 Stakes (R) in May 2011.

Toast To Lady Di put in a game effort to finish second and favored Political Option crossed the wire third.

The $75,000 Audubon Stakes (R) for fillies and mares went to Oscar Rohne’s La Mos Chingono, who picked up her third straight stakes win. Jesse Chavis was aboard for trainer Kenneth Roberts Sr. and clocked 350 yards in :17.379.

The 6-year-old Heza Fash Dash mare won the Flashy Hemp Stakes (R) at Delta Downs and the Party Girl Stakes (R) at Louisiana Downs to kick off her streak. Her race record includes four other stakes wins, including last year’s Audubon Stakes. Bred by Robicheaux Ranch Inc., she has banked $343,470.

Streakin Ellen finished second with Jess TT in third.

The open $50,000 Gentilly Dash Stakes was won by William E. Smith’s First Prize Doc, a 4-year-old stallion by PYC Paint Your Wagon, who prevailed by a neck over Fast Prize Jordan, also a son of PYC Paint Your Wagon. Weetona Stanley bred both horses in Oklahoma.

Ridden by Danny Lavergne for trainer Frank Elizondo, First Prize Doc dashed 250 yards in :12.918 and increased his earnings to $70,741 with his first stakes victory. His record now stands at 12-5-1-2.

Fast Prize Jordan, a two-time stakes winner at Remington Park this year, went over the $200,000 mark with his runner-up finish. Favored The Lizzard King took third.

In the $75,000 Treme Stakes (R) for 3-year-old state-breds, Logans Mountain and jockey G.R. Carter Jr. just got up to win by a nose in :17.491 for 350 yards. The Panther Mountain colt was bred by Triple M Farms LLC and runs for Mayra Sanchez and Armando Rivera Fernandez. Frank Elizondo was the winning trainer. Logans Mountain picked up his fifth win from 10 starts and boosted his career earnings to $378,077.

T Boy C closed to take second with Fast Talkin Henry in third.

Distance horses took to the track for the $50,000 Faubourg St. John Stakes at 870 yards, and Douglas Traylor’s Rocky Mountain Fly held on to win by a neck from the rail post position. With Donell Blake in the saddle for trainer Kenneth Roberts Sr., the Panther Mountain gelding stopped the timer at :46.368. Bred by S K T Farms Inc., Rocky Mountain Fly won the Live Oak Stakes (R) in his last start and his bankroll now sits at $146,485.

Keepn It Kool ran on for second with Call Me Cajun Pie in third.

Also on the card, Ana Alvidrez’s Patriots Toast, a daughter of Game Patriot, took the $40,000 French Quarter Starter Stakes with Raul Ramirez Jr. up for trainer Miguel Rodriguez.