Short, Long Start LAD Season
Louisiana Downs features both ends of the spectrum in its meet opener.
January 9, 2014
The long of American Quarter Horse racing – the 870-yard Marathon – and the short of the sport – the 250-yard Harrah’s Dash – start the 2014 season at Louisiana Downs on Saturday afternoon.
Each of the races offers a $15,000 purse and they are two of the 12 added-money races during the season.
Kris Locklear’s Worlds On High (Game Patriot-Sissyisonahigh by On A High) is the 9-5 morning-line favorite with two convincing victories and a solid second-place run in his latest three races. The veteran 8-year-old is making his 51st start and is in competitive form at this level.
The 870-yard specialist started his current hot streak back in October with a 6 1/2-length win in a $12,500 optional-claiming race and followed with a 5 1/4-length romp at the $15,000 optional-claiming level.
Trainer Vann Haywood then moved him up to a $30,000 allowance race at Evangeline Downs and he was second, beaten by a length, as the 7-10 favorite.
While Worlds On High has had success, Joel and Jay Hebert’s homebred A Fast Classic (Take On Royalty-Somekindoffast by Somekindadash) is stepping up in class with two wins and a second from three starts at 870 yards. He won his maiden in his 870-yard debut in October and comes off a 4-length win at the non-winners-of-two level at the distance.
In the Harrah’s Dash, Tommy Hays and Bobby Barnett’s Runaway Wagon (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Dashin Vike by Dashin Bye) has the class to grab the favorite’s role. The 2012 $144,065 Firecracker Derby winner is on the comeback trail after finishing 10th in the Remington Park Championship (G1) on June 1.
Before that defeat, the Bobby Martinez-trained gelding won the $50,000 Sam Houston Classic (G2) by 2 lengths and was third in the $101,970 Bank of America Sam Houston Challenge (G1).
Horacio Canales Sr.’s Jet Black Red Neck (Jet Black Patriot-Red Neck Babe by Mr Hempen) likes shorter distances and has three wins from his four latest starts against lesser company. The Miguel Rodriguez-trained colt won by a half length at 300 yards in his latest start on November 22 in a $15,000 conditioned optional-claiming race.
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