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Huge Upset in Mardi Gras Futurity

Sandra Sue Blue breaks maiden at odds of 33-1 at Louisiana Downs.

March 16, 2013

The first official futurity of 2013 went to the longest shot in the field as ninth-fastest qualifier Sandra Sue Blue went wire-to-wire in Saturday’s $281,796 Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) for state-breds at Louisiana Downs. Sent off at odds of 33-1 after finishing fifth in her trial, the gray filly by Jess Louisiana Blue prevailed by three-quarters of a length in a time of :15.404 for 300 yards. Eddi Martinez rode for trainer Jose Garcia and owner K K Horse Racing.

Bred by Kathleen and Steve Billings out of the Mr Eye Opener mare Madame Mayor, Sandra Sue Blue earned just $240 in her trial race but picked up another $126,808 for this effort. Jesse Rodriguez Jr.’s Bradys March Madness, a gelding by Jess Louisiana Blue, finished second despite being bumped twice at the start. First Corona Man, a colt by Hez Fast As Cash running for owner Maria Guadalupe Perez, finished third.

Also on the card, Jose Guzman’s T Boy C drew clear to a one-length victory as the 2-1 favorite in the $84,404 Mardi Gras Derby (R). With Raul Ramirez Jr. up for trainer Miguel Rodriguez, T Boy C stopped the timer at :19.856 for 400 yards.

T Boy C, a gelded son of Sir Runaway Dash bred by Gerald Patin and Curtis Roy, finished second in this year’s Billy Montgomery Stakes (RG3) at Louisiana Downs before scoring his first career stakes win in the Mardi Gras. All told, he has earned $119,383 with a record of 9-4-2-1.

Noe Pena’s Lets Jess Do It, a gelding by First Prize Perry, crossed the wire second with Alejandro Moya’s Fance Oak Tree, by Oak Tree Special, in third.