Minor Upsets in Louisiana Downs Stakes

Sparrow Contender, Direct Zach Attack kick off meet with stakes wins.

January 13, 2013

Louisiana Downs opened its American Quarter Horse meet on Saturday with a pair of stakes events both featuring upset winners. The nine-race card was contested over a muddy track.

In the $15,000 Harrah’s Dash Stakes at 250 yards, Israel Soliz Jr.’s Sparrow Contender jumped out to an early lead and held on to win by a neck with a clocking of :13.317 under jockey Santos Carrizales. The Fructuoso Huitron trainee, who was bred in Texas by Irma Trevino, picked up his first career stakes victory in his 13th lifetime start and paid $10.60 for a $2 win ticket. The 4-year-old son of the Corona Cartel stallion Contend last ran at Lone Star Park, where he scored an allowance win at 220 yards in November. His career record now stands at 13-4-2-1 with earnings of $24,744.

Josue Huitron’s Wacky And Reckless, a mare by Game Patriot, took second to give trainer Fructuoso Huitron a sweep of the exacta. Rene Amaro’s Coup De Dasher, a stakes winner at 220 yards, finished third.

The $15,000 Marathon Stakes at 870 yards went to Geral Dewitt’s Direct Zach Attack, who prevailed by 1 ¼ lengths and stopped the timer at :46.660 with Donell Blake riding for trainer Anthony Arey. A 7-year-old gelding by Direct Hit (TB) bred in Louisiana by Debbie Stubbs and Terry Vitrano, Direct Zach Attack has now won seven of 23 starts and his first stakes win boosted his bankroll to $69,173. The winner went off at odds of 10-1.

Henry Padgett’s Slinkys Fortune, an eight-time stakes winner who captured this event in 2009 and 2010 and finished second in the 2011 and 2012 editions, closed late to take second once again. Kellie Hebert’s Mr Fallen Angel crossed the wire third.