Jessanoldlove Tries To Prove Stakes Class

Fastest qualifier looks for another big run in Louisiana Breeders Futurity.

Q-Racing Journal
November 14, 2013

Eduardo Lopez’s Jessanoldlove faces a big challenge when she tries to prove her fastest-qualifying trial win as a maiden was a step towards a stakes success when she starts in the $1 million Louisiana Breeders’ Futurity (RG1) on Saturday night at Evangeline Downs.

The 400-yard Breeders’ Futurity offers the largest purse for any state-bred American Quarter Horse race and equals the purse for the Louisiana Derby for Thoroughbreds at Fair Grounds for the largest purse in the state.

Also on the program the sharp Fast Talkin Henry races in the $50,000 Evangeline Downs Derby (R) for Louisiana-breds at 400 yards.

Jessanoldlove (Jess Louisiana Blue-Ms Intriguing by Call Me Together) surprised at 18-1 odds in the last of 11 trials when she dominated by 3 ¼-lengths and her time of :19.680 was the quickest mark.

The Guadalupe Garza Jr.-trained filly was winless in her first three starts before the trials and did not make the top-three finishers in any of those races. She was rested for two months before the Breeders’ Futurity and responded with her breakout trial win.

Jessanoldlove will face, by far, the strongest field she has encountered in the Breeders’ Futurity.

Jesse Rodriguez Jr.’s Bradys March Madness (Jess Louisiana Blue-Kokopelli Hills by JJ Shot Glass) is the second-fastest qualifier and is after his fourth straight victory. He won his trial by a neck as the 11-10 favorite in :19.715.

Bradys March Madness started his winning streak with a 2-length victory in the Delta Downs’ Laddie Futurity (RG2) in May and then returned to take the $50,000 De Saix Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths as the 4-5 favorite.

Trained by Miguel Rodriguez, Bradys March Madness showed potential back in March when he was second in the Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) after a couple of bumps at the start.

Jaime Torres’ Philips Streakin (Heza Fast Dash-Six Streakin Salute by Streakin La Jolla) earned a spot in the futurity after finishing third in his trial, beaten by a neck, with a :19.771 time. The gelding won the $286,560 Louisiana QHBA Futurity (RG1) at Fair Grounds two starts ago by a neck at 3-1 odds and has been on the board in each of his seven starts.

T M Ranch’s Ol Time Preacher Man (Heza Fast Dash-JJ Streakin Illusion by Streakin La Jolla) won his maiden in his trial after finishing second to Philips Streakin in the LQHBA Futurity two starts ago. He scored a one-half length trial win and his time of :19.716 was the third-fastest qualifying mark for trainer Kenny Roberts.

Jaime Torres’ FJR Bread N Butter (Heza Fast Dash-Miss Jess Rogue by Mr Jess Perry) will be dangerous after five wins from seven starts, including a neck win in the Delta Downs’ Louisiana-bred Futurity (R). The gelding came through in his LQHBA Futurity trial with a length victory :19.732, the fourth-fastest qualifying time.

In the Evangeline Downs Derby, Eric Johnson’s Fast Talkin Henry (Heza Fast Dash-Streakin Cindy by Streakin La Jolla) comes off a close third-place finish in the $75,000 Treme Derby (R) at Fair Grounds. The gelding battled for the lead the entire 350 yards before just coming up short by a head at the wire.

Fast Talkin Henry has five wins from nine starts with his sole stakes win coming in the Delta Downs’ Louisiana-bred Derby (RG2) by one length in July.

Brett Mennen’s Ronnie James (Valiant Hero-Jess A Lil Bit by Feature Mr Jess) is a proven stakes competitor with a win in last year’s Firecracker Futurity (G2), a close third in this year’s $139,885 Firecracker Derby and qualifying for last year’s $1 million Texas Classic Futurity (G1). He comes off a troubled sixth-place run as the 6-5 favorite in his Texas Classic Derby trial.