Mardi Gras Opens Futurity Season

Louisiana Downs hosts Mardi Gras doubleheader on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal
March 13, 2014

The 2014 futurity season starts Saturday with fastest-qualifier Dynastys Jumpn racing in the $281,514 Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2). The Louisiana Downs’ card also offers Brock Broussard’s Heza Fast Rogue racing for his third-straight win in the $84,686 Mardi Gras Derby (RG2).

Each of the stakes is for Louisiana-breds.

Luis Miguel Albores-Gleason’s Dynastys Jumpn (Jumpn-Dynasty by Check Him Out) romped in the fourth of 15 trials to the Mardi Gras Futurity. The Wendy Garcia-trained filly humbled her rivals when she quickly sprinted to a daylight lead and then rolled to a 2-length win with the top time of :15.642 for the 300 yards.

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The Noe Sanchez-owned and -trained Party With Braxton (Swingin Jess-Holy Effort by Special Effort) came through with the second-fastest time when he scored a 14-1 upset in :15.760. He won by one-half length over fourth-fastest qualifier Zoies Treeshaker (Oak Tree Special-Most Women Will by Dashin Bye).

James Magnon’s homebred Jess For Ron (Swingin Jess-Presumptuous (TB) by Hennessy) raced to an even larger upset, at 20-1, when he won his trial with the third-fastest time of :15.798. The Justin Dehart-trained gelding drew away for the length win.

In the Mardi Gras Derby at 400 yards, Brock Broussard's Heza Fast Rogue (Heza Fast Dash-Miss Jess Rogue by Mr Jess Perry) kept his hot streak alive in the trial with his second win from as many starts during the Louisiana Downs season. He won the $35,000 Billy Montgomery Stakes (R) by three-quarters of a length as the 7-10 choice and returned to win his Mardi Gras Derby trial as the even-money choice by three-parts of a length with the top time of :20.008 from two trials.

Heza Fast Rogue won four of 10 starts as a juvenile with his best stakes performance a close third-place finish as the 3-2 choice in the $286,560 LQHBA Sale Futurity (RG1) for trainer Kevin Broussard.

Two The Max Investments LLC's homebred Dashn To The Back (Fast Prize Dash-Backs To The Wall by Royal Quick Dash) was second behind Heza Fast Rogue in their trial with the second-fastest qualifying time of :20.140. The Vann Haywood-trained filly was second by a head in the $40,000 LQHBA Invitational (R) back in November.

The consistent Dashn To The Back has finished on the board in each of her six previous starts and has not been beaten by more than three quarters of a length in her five previous starts.

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