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Q-Racing Blog: Louisiana Wrap-Up

The state wraps up its futurity season with a bang.

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By Ty Wyant

The Louisiana futurity season that began back in March with the $254,070 Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3) is close to concluding at Evangeline Downs.

The $1 million LQHBA Louisiana Million Futurity (RG1) for Louisiana-breds will be held over 400 yards on December 7. The following weekend, on December 14, open 2-year-olds race in the $295,890 Evangeline Downs Futurity at 400 yards.

Trainer Miguel Rodriguez is in an excellent spot in the Louisiana Million with fastest-qualifier Special Politico and third-fastest qualifier Mardi Gras Paint.

Each horse is looking for the largest payday of their young careers. Oddel Batista’s Special Politico has earned $40,920 from five starts while Jose Alfonso Ramos’ Mardi Gras Paint has banked $19,125 from six outs.

Special Politico has proven that he can win races. He has raced to three wins from six starts and add a close second-place finish.

A gelding by Apollitical Blood, Special Politico broke his maiden in his second start and took a non-winners-of-two allowance race with a troubled trip.

Special Politico won the seventh of 14 trials to the Louisiana Million by a convincing length, and his time of :19.475 was the fastest mark.

Mardi Gras Paint is on a roll with his two career wins coming in his latest two starts. He won a maiden race by daylight at Evangeline Downs back in October and then put on a show in this Louisiana Million trial.

The gelding by Paint Me Perry, Mardi Gras Paint demolished his trial rivals by 3 1/4 lengths and put a time of :19.562 on the board.

In the Evangeline Downs Futurity, trainer Josue Ponce will be saddling fastest-qualifier Domishay and co-third-fastest qualifier Three Blue Coronas.

Paula Cristina Villatoro’s Domishay got off to a solid start last spring by qualifying for the $100,000 Remington Park Juvenile Stakes. The Dominyun-sired colt won a maiden race in his third start and gained a minor stakes win when he took the $15,000 Cherokee Nation Stakes at Fair Meadows in his seventh out.

Domishay easily handled a sloppy track in his Evangeline Downs Futurity trial when he sped along the inside of the track to win by 1 3/4 lengths. His time of :19.812 topped the nine trials.

Leving Racing LLC’s Three Blue Coronas has been a stakes-class horse throughout his five-race career that includes three wins.

Three Blue Coronas won his first two starts and then ran a close third as the 11-10 favorite in the $188,700 Speedhorse Futurity, his only stakes appearance.

A gelding by Jess Louisiana Blue, Three Blue Coronas was in a fight in his Evangeline Downs Futurity trial. He battled with Juanells Fireball in the trial and they finished in a dead heat with a :19.976 time.

Louisiana’s season has been a long and fruitful one. In a just few months, when the Mardi Gras Futurity trials are contested, the annual futurity schedule starts once again. It seems there is always money available in Louisiana.

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