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Mardi Gras Starts Futurity Season

Kerrys Special Crown headlines the year's first futurity.

Q-Racing Journal
March 14, 2013

Teddy Abrams Jr.’s Kerrys Special Crown leads the list of Louisiana-breds in the year’s first official futurity, the $281,796 Mardi Gras Futurity, at Louisiana Downs on Saturday afternoon.

The sharp T Boy C tops the $84,404 Mardi Gras Derby on the same program.

Kerrys Special Crown (Special Crown Royal-Prissy Lege by Reeds Dash) came through as the 5-2 favorite in the last of 14 trials on February 25 with the fastest-qualifying time. The Franks Cavazos-trained colt won by three quarters of a length with a :15.289 time for the 300 yards with a 12 mph tail wind.

Second-fastest qualifier Struttinthedayaway (Struttin To Beduino-Stol The Day by Stoli) also started his career with a win. The Lanny Keith-trained colt could step up in the futurity after winning his trial by 3 lengths in :15.357 with no wind. The colt is co-owned by his trainer in partnership with James Lynn.

Third-fastest qualifier Wow What A Prize (Fast Prize Dash-Princelydancersjewel by First Down Jewel) and fourth-fastest qualifier Bradys March Madness (Jess Louisiana Blue-Kokopelli Hills by JJ Shot Glass) were the second- and third-place finishers behind Kerrys Special Crown.

Wacky Racing’s Wow What A Prize was timed in :15.397 while Jess Rodriguez Jr.’s Bradys March Madness was credited with a :15.447 time.

In the 400-yard derby, Jose Guzman’s T Boy C (Sir Runaway Dash-Toast To Mallard by Toast To Dash) is in top form and enjoys the Louisiana Downs racing surface with a win and a second from two starts over the track.

T Boy C gamely scored a nose win in his trial over second-fastest qualifier Lets Jess Do It (First Prize Perry-Lets Separate by Separatist). T Boy C was timed in :19.552 while Lets Jess Do It was credited with a :19.563 time.

Miguel Rodriguez’s T Boy C returned from a freshening in January to race to a close second-place finish in the Billy Montgomery Stakes (RG3), his start before his Mardi Gras Derby trial.

Noe Pena’s Lets Jess Do It nearly got the trial win at 17-1 odds. His most important of two career wins came in the LQHBA Sale Invitational (R) at Evangeline Downs.