Louisiana Downs Opens with Two Stakes

She Is A Fast Dash, Without Prejudice Take Opening Day Features

January 7, 2012

Louisiana Downs in Bossier City opened its 12-week American Quarter Horse meet on Saturday with a pair of $20,000 stakes.

In the Harrah’s Distaff Stakes for older fillies and mares, She Is A Fast Dash picked up her first career stakes victory. Ridden by Danny Lavergne for owner/trainer Henry Padgett, the 4-year-old Heza Fast Dash mare prevailed by a neck in :17.805 for 350 yards. Bred by Live Oak Farms, She Is A Fast Dash has won four of nine starts and earned $39,811.

The Harrah’s Dash Stakes, a 250-yard event for 4-year-olds and up, went to Rafael Rodriguez Pantoja’s Without Prejudice. With Martin Rubalcava in the saddle for conditioner Eusevio Huitron, the 5-year-old Texas-bred gelding by Corona For Me closed with a rush to win by a neck in :13.197. Without Prejudice, who was bred by Mike and Leslie Turner, finished second in last year’s Harrah’s Dash and also captured the Evangeline Downs Dash. The gelding has six wins in 23 outs with a bankroll of $68,440.

The Louisiana Downs Quarter Horse meet, which features the Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) on March 10 and Harrah's Entertainment Futurity (G3) on March 18, runs through March 21.