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JLS Mr Bigtime Leads LA-Bred Day

Champion JLS Mr Bigtime looks to collect another stakes on Louisiana Champions Day.

December 6, 2012

The JLS-Speedhorse Ranch’s JLS Mr Bigtime attempts to inch closer to millionaire status by winning the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic (RG2) on Saturday at Fair Grounds.

The 440-yard Champions Day Classic highlights three Quarter Horse stakes during the Louisiana Champions Day program celebrating Louisiana-breds. Starting the card are the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Derby (RG2) and the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile (RG2).

JLS Mr Bigtime (Bigtime Favorite-Psalmist by Osceola Warrior) has earned $951,547 from 18 starts and will pick up another $45,000 if he takes the Champions Day Classic.

His success has come against open company as well as state-bred competition.

The homebred was named 2010 champion 2-year-old gelding after narrowly losing the All American Futurity (G1). He was the 2-1 favorite in the race and came up a nose short in the closest All American Futurity ever contested. He went on to win the LQHBA Futurity (RG1). He came back as a 3-year-old at Ruidoso Downs to finish fourth in the Rainbow Derby (G1) and third in the All American Derby (G1).

JLS Mr Bigtime has made only three starts this year, with a win in the Louisiana-bred Classic (RG2) at Delta Downs back in July, his only start against Louisiana-bred rivals. In his other two starts, he was second in the Remington Park Championship (G1) and fourth in the Refrigerator Handicap (G1) as the 3-2 favorite.

Ponderosa Ranch’s Zupers Quick Dash (Heza Fast Dash-Oh Shez Zuper by Zuppardo’s Prince (TB)) is the defending Champions Day Classic winner after taking last year’s running as the 2-1 favorite. The member of the Bobby Martinez barn scored his only win and on-the-board performance this year when he won the Vals Fortune Stakes (RG3) by a head.

In the 400-yard Louisiana Champions Day Derby, Yadira Alvarado’s Intriguing Jess Blue (Jess Louisiana Blue-Call Me Intriguing by Call Me Together) takes on a contentious field with an improving record. After placing in a pair of allowance races last spring, he stepped up for trainer W.J. Simien Jr. to win the Vinton Stakes (RG3) and race to a third-place finish in a fast running of the Treme Derby (R) over the Fair Grounds track.

Gerald Libersat’s homebred Lil Jess Oak (Oak Tree Special-Lil Jess Print by Mr Jess Perry) won the Treme Derby in :17.443 for 350 yards by a nose over Coors Select. He followed that win with two third-place runs, including a division over the Evangeline Derby.

Polly Coleman’s Coors Select (Oak Tree Special-Miss Coors Cartel by Corona Cartel) tries to break a string of three-straight runner-up finishes. After the Treme Derby, he was second in the Don Cravin Stakes (R) and a division of the Evangeline Derby.

In the 350-yard Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile, Double A Partnership’s classy Ms Jingles (Bigtime Favorite-Some Quick Dasher by Some Dasher) looks to rebound from a third-place finish in her LQHBA Futurity (RG1) trial after reeling off four-straight wins. The Frank Cavazos-trained filly started her winning streak after a third-place finish in the Mardi Gras Futurity. During that winning streak, she won the Delta Downs Louisiana-bred Futurity (RG1) and the Lassie Futurity (RG2) to earn the bulk of her $453,728 bankroll.

The Lebersat homebred Perrys Runaway (Sir Runaway Dash-Ms Perrys Money by Mr Jess Perry) returned from a nearly six-month layoff to win his LQHBA Futurity trial and then finish third in the futurity finals. He has won three of five starts and earned $136,377.