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February 25, 2012
After a pair of runner-up finishes in stakes company back in 2009, Gerald Libersat’s Taylors Toastin Papa became a stakes winner on Saturday at Louisiana Downs with an 18-1 upset in the $50,000 Mr Jess Perry Stakes (RG3) for older state-breds. Piloted by Donald Watson for trainer Kevin Broussard, the 5-year-old stallion by Toast To Dash sprinted 350 yards in :17.591 and prevailed by a neck.
With the victory, which was his seventh in 25 career starts, Taylors Toastin Papa improved his bankroll to $127,541. The Louisiana-bred, who placed in the Louisiana Juvenile Stakes (R) and LQHBA Sale Invitational Stakes (R) as a 2-year-old, has now run first or second in seven consecutive races.
Bred by Taylor VanBebber, the daughter of trainer Janet VanBebber and the late AQHA champion trainer Steve VanBebber, Taylors Toastin Papa is out of the Streakin La Jolla mare Tacha La Jolla. Taylors Toastin Papa’s granddam is Sin Tacha (TB), the dam of 2002 world champion Streakin Sin Tacha, who was trained and owned by Janet VanBebber.
Betting favorite Louisiana Rangler, a Jess Louisiana Blue gelding who was bred by Libersat and won the Louisiana Champions Day Classic (RG2) last time out, finished a game second for owner Kim McKenzie. Oscar Alcantara’s Heza Gonna Dash got up for third.
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