Jessa Louisiana Zoom Dominates Lee Berwick
Rich Lee Berwick headlines closing weekend at Delta.
July 12, 2015
Delta Downs wrapped up its 2015 American Quarter Horse season on Saturday with another edition of Louisiana Showcase Night. The 11-race program featured eight stakes races for Louisiana-bred horses and the season’s richest offering, the $634,530 Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1) for 2-year-olds competing at 350 yards.
The Lee Berwick was won impressively by Jason Richards and Michael J. Leblanc’s Jessa Louisiana Zoom, who was ridden to victory by Danny Lavergne. Jessa Louisiana Zoom defeated Shining Presence by a half-length with The Renaissance Man finishing another half-length behind in third. The winner covered the distance over a fast track in :17.524, which earned her a speed index of 90.
Jessa Louisiana Zoom began her career at Delta Downs during trials for the Louisiana Lassie Futurity on April 24. The Frank Cavazos trainee won that race easily before dispatching eight rivals in the $273,977 final on May 15. She then recorded the third fastest qualifying time for the Lee Berwick by winning her trial on June 20 before Saturday night’s triumph, which earned her $317,265. Overall she has now banked $473,153.
Cavazos has been impressed by his trainee for quite some time, but on Saturday night he noticed a new wrinkle in her game.
“She left the gate very good today,” Cavazos said in the winner’s circle after the race. “I think it was the best she’s ever broke.”
Jessa Louisiana Zoom is a 2-year-old filly by Jess Louisiana Blue, out of the Azoom mare Zoomin For Cash. She was bred in Louisiana by Lyle Guillory. Her current connections purchased her for $22,000 at last year’s Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders’ Association Sale as a yearling.
Cavazos also trained Jessa Louisiana Zoom’s maternal grandsire, who was a multiple-Grade 1-winning runner who earned over $738,000 during his illustrious racing career. Obvious comparisons are now being made between Azoom and his young progeny. “She runs a lot like him,” Cavazos said.
Sent to the gate as an odds-on favorite, Jessa Louisiana Zoom paid $3.80 to win, $3.80 to place and $2.60 to show. Shining Presence was worth $5.40 to place and $3.80 to show. The Renaissance Man returned $2.60 to show.
In other stakes activity on the program it was Open Me A Corona winning the $100,000 Louisiana Classic (RG2) at 440-yards. The gutsy Bobby Martinez trainee was ridden to victory by Saul Ramirez, Jr. and is owned by Charles Forbes, Jr. and Tommy Hays. Open Me A Corona has now won 10 of 12 starts during his career.
This year’s $217,640 Delta Downs Derby (RG2) was annexed by Jes A Fast Dasher, who got the win under jockey Lucas Constantin. Jes A Fast Dasher is trained by Kenneth L. Roberts, Sr. and is owned by Tony Doughtie.
The $50,000 Flashy Hemp Stakes for fillies and mares was taken by Camerons Game, who got the win with jockey John Hamilton in the saddle for trainer Kenneth Weeks. Camerons Game is owned by Lester Colomb, Jr. and Jon Price.
The $50,000 Louisiana Juvenile, which serves as a consolation race for Lee Berwick Futurity, was won by Blues Favorite Fish with jockey Orlando Baldillez up. Blues Favorite Fish is owned by Lyle Guillory and is conditioned by Joseph Manucy.
The lone distance race on the program Saturday was the Live Oak Stakes at 870 yards and it was won by Jls Book of Psalms. The property of JLS Speed Horse Ranch, Inc. was ridden by jockey Patrick Watson and is trained by Roy Roberts.
The shortest race on the closing night card was the $50,000 Flying Breed Stakes at 250 yards, which was won by Zoomin for Bugs under jockey Armando Ramirez. Zoomin for Bugs is trained by Randy Hebert and is owned by Joan Rood.
And finally the $40,000 Louisiana Starter Stakes was taken by First Prize Copy under rider David Alvarez. First Prize Copy is trained by Martin Trejo and is owned by Ana L. Alvidrez.
Delta Downs will now be dark until its 2015-16 Thoroughbred season gets underway on Friday, October 16. Fans can still enjoy full card simulcasting from coast to coast in the track’s OTB seven days a week.
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