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LQHBA Million Futurity

Mardi Gras Paint rolls in Louisiana's richest horse race.

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Jose Alfonso Ramos' Mardi Gras Paint, a son of the Pyc Paint Your Wagon stallion Paint Me Perry and the third-fastest qualifier, sprinted to a half-length victory in Saturday's $1-million LQHBA Million Futurity (RG1) for Louisiana-bred juveniles at Evangeline Downs.

Ridden by Jorge Linares for trainer Miguel Rodriguez, Mardi Gras Paint went 400 yards in :19.606, and his winning margin was a half of a length from No Freight. The brown gelding earned the $445,000 winner's share of the purse from Louisiana's richest horse race.

Mardi Gras Paint was bred by Eddie Cramer, Tom Maher and Bill Maher. The gelding is out of Summertime Dash, a winning daughter of champion Royal Quick Dash, and he was a $9,500 purchase at last year's LQHBA Yearling Sale.

Mardi Gras Paint has won his last three starts, including one of 14 trials on November 15.

"We had some issues with him earlier in the year, but we always knew the horse had potential," said Rodriguez. "He woke up at the right moment."

"There was some action in the gate," added Rodriguez, referring to Lifeinthefastlanes breaking through the gate before the start. "But he has always stood well, and he was ready."

Raced exclusively in Louisiana, Mardi Gras Paint has won three of seven outs and has earned $464,125.

Ed O finished third, a head behind No Freight, and was followed by Sir Runaway Cash, fastest qualifier Special Politico, Leavin You Blue, Jess Redwhiteandblue, Rh Jess Momo, Heza Lawman, and Lifeinthefastlanes.

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