LQHBA Breeders Derby Qualifiers

LQHBA Breeders Derby Qualifiers

Returning to Louisiana, Konnan Cartel posts the fastest qualifying time for the December 16 final.

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Dania Castellanos' Konnan Cartel was successful in his return to Louisiana, as the gelded son of Five Bar Cartel recorded the fastest qualifying time to the December 16, $150,000-est. LQHBA Breeders' Derby (RG3) for state-bred 3-year-olds.

Racing in the last of three trials at Evangeline Downs on Saturday, Konnan Cartel covered 400 yards in :19.791 while defeating third-fastest qualifier One Dashing Dove by three-quarters of a length and earning a 91 speed index. Victor Urieta Jr. rode the brown gelding for trainer Juan Diaz Jr.

Konnan Cartel was bred by Luis Armando Castellanos, and he was coming off of a nose victory as the 2-1 favorite in the 440-yard, $176,000 Dash For Cash Derby (G2) at Lone Star Park on October 7. Campaigned in Louisiana and Texas, the gelding has won eight of 15 starts -- including four of five at the 400-yard distance -- and he has banked $324,920.

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