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March 15, 2014
The first futurity of the year resulted in an upset as 11-1 longshot Hemps Jumpn Lajolla went wire-to-wire in the $281,514 Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) at Louisiana Downs. Owned and trained by Miguel Rodriguez, the gelding by Jumpn won by three-parts of a length under jockey Raul Ramirez Jr. and clocked the distance in a hand-timed :15.37 for 300 yards.
Bred in Louisiana by Live Oaks Farms, Hemps Jumpn Lajolla finished third in his trial race on February 22 with the sixth-fastest time. He earned $825 for that effort and picked up a check for $126,681 for this win. Hemps Jumpn Lajolla is out of the Streakin La Jolla mare Hemps La Jolla, a winner of three of five starts during her racing career.
Noe Sanchez’s Party With Braxton, a colt by Swingin Jess, finished a clear second with Victor Silva’s Oak Tree Special filly Zoies Treeshaker in third. Favored Dynastys Jumpin, the fastest qualifier, finished seventh and was disqualified and placed eighth for interference.
The Mardi Gras Derby (R) had a more formful result as even-money favorite Heza Fast Rogue rolled to a dominating 1 ½-length victory. Trained by Kevin Broussard and owned by Brock and Bourque Broussard, Heza Fast Rogue dashed 400 yards in :20.130 with Donald Watson aboard. This marked the third consecutive victory for the colt by Heza Fast Dash, who also captured his trial and the Billy Montgomery Stakes (R) in January at Louisiana Downs. His career record now stands at 13-7-0-2 with earnings of $233,029. He was bred by Triple M Farms LLC.
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