Q-Racing Blog: Large Payoff for Louisiana-Breds

Q-Racing Blog: Large Payoff for Louisiana-Breds

It’s going to be a great Christmas season for a lucky Louisiana-bred.

Jess Sea Louisiana. PHOTO: Coady Photography

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By Ty Wyant

Eleazar Martinez Jr.’s Jess Sea Louisiana could be headed for the biggest payday of any state-bred when he starts as the fastest qualifier to the $1 million LQHBA Louisiana Million Futurity (RG1) on December 17 at Evangeline Downs.

In the 12th of 14 trials on November 25, Jess Sea Louisiana had everything go his way. He started alertly from the fifth post position and the horses on each side of him gave him ample racing room. He took advantage under constant urging from jockey Ricardo Hernandez Jr. to pull away to a 1 ½-length win over a wet-fast track. He was timed in :19.575 for the 400 yards.

Jess Sea Louisiana got off to a winning start this year when he debuted in the Mardi Gras Futurity trials on March 6. He won his trial by 2½ lengths and then came back to finish fourth in the finals as the 13-10 favorite.

It could be expected that he would soon be a futurity winner, however it was not to happen. He finished sixth in the $649,710 Sam Houston Futurity (G2) and eighth in the $525,420 LQHBA Sale Futurity (G1).

But the gelding should be in sharp form for the Louisiana Million. After that eighth-place run in the LQHBA Sale Futurity, he prepped for the Louisiana Million trials with a 1¼-length win in a conditioned allowance race at Lone Star Park. Then he turned in his impressive win in the Louisiana Million trials.

Jess Sea Louisiana has the breeding. He is by The Louisiana Cartel – the sire of champion 3-year-old EC Jet One – and he hails from one of the most prolific families in American Quarter Horse racing. His second dam is broodmare of the year and Dam of Distinction Runaway Wave, who was recently usurped as the sport’s all-time leading dam by Remember Me Rose.

His first dam, Jess Sea, a winner from two starts, has produced two foals of racing age with Jess Sea Louisiana her only starter.

Runaway Wave, third in the Dash For Cash Derby (G2), has produced the earners of $4,349,799 with 30 winners and eight stakes winners. She led the all-time leading dams list for seven years. 

Leading the Runaway Wave produce are world champion Wave Carver and two-time champion Ocean Runaway, the latter of whom remains legendary sire First Down Dash’s top earner at $1,642,498. The brothers each won the Champion of Champions, are millionaires and became notable sires.

The other stakes winners out of Runaway Wave are Wave Her Down, Trisk, Aquafina, The Ocean King, Whip Curl and Little Surfer.

Little Surfer, by First Down Dash, set a track record at Hialeah Park and then became a prime producer as the dam of champion Uncle D and stakes winner Rip Tide.

The dam of Runaway Wave, In The Curl (TB), raced for eight years with 26 wins from 85 starts and earnings of $749,891. She won nine stakes while competing primarily at Mid-Atlantic tracks and was brought into the Quarter Horse world by champion breeder Dan Lucas. 

In The Curl also produced All American Futurity (G1) third-place finisher First Down N Surfin.

Jess Sea Louisiana may be one of those horses who is peaking at the right time. That time could be when he runs for the largest purse of his life. 

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