Jess A Saint Wins $1-Million LQHBA Futurity

The $7,200 yearling buy earns $445,000 from his first career stakes score on Saturday.

Q-Racing Journal

A good break from post 10 helped Jess A Saint win Saturday's 400-yard LQHBA Futurity at Evangeline Downs. PHOTO: Coady Photography

The 10th-fastest qualifier, Julio Rios’ Jess A Saint ran strongly down the outside part of the track to win the $1-million Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders’ Association Futurity (RG1) at Evangeline Downs on Saturday.

Jess A Saint covered his 400-yard trip in :19.845, which was good for a 92 speed index and his first lifetime stakes victory. Raul Ramirez Jr. rode the gelded son of champion Jess Louisiana Blue for trainer Miguel Rodriguez.

“It didn’t matter that he was the 10th-fastest qualifier,” said Ramirez of Jess A Saint. “We were happy with our horse. He pulled up sound and was doing well.”

Jess A Saint sold for $7,200 at last year’s LQHBA Yearling Sale. The gelding was bred by J.E. and Bunny Jumonville. He has three of seven outs, and the $445,000 winner’s share of the LQHBA Futurity purse -- the richest for any breed in the state of Louisiana -- pushed his bankroll to $464,816.

Jet Black Rogue finished second, a half of a length behind Jess A Saint, and was followed by First Corona Down, Gone Cartel, odds-on favorite Jessa Louisiana Zoom, My Favorite Blue, Toastin With Coronas, Special Coors Cartel, Coronas Mate, and Gonzo Compadre.

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