RDD Lajollanfast Dash Dominates Mardi Gras Futurity

The fastest qualifier and odds-on favorite wins by 2 1/2 at Louisiana Downs.

Q-Racing Journal

Louisiana Downs racetrack was the site of a dominating performance by RDD Lajollanfastdash in Sunday's Mardi Gras Futurity.

RDD Lajollanfastdash, a gray son of Heza Fast Dash racing for Miguel A. Aguilar, broke sharply from his outside post and drew away to win Sunday’s $273,054 Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) for state-bred 2-year-olds at Louisiana Downs.

Prepped by Willie Simien Jr., who gave a leg up to jockey Raul Ramirez Jr., RDD Lajollanfastdash defeated Gamepatriotdeluxe by a clear 2 1/2 lengths in :15.260 for 300 yards. The gelding, a $10,000 buy at last year’s Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders’ Association Yearling Sale, banked $122,875 to boost his earnings to $126,475 from two outs.

The fastest qualifier and 2-5 favorite, RDD Lajollanfastdash made his debut with a 3 1/4-length victory in the sixth of 12 Mardi Gras Futurity trials on February 20.

“He’s pretty fast, he’s pretty honest, and he’s easy to ride,” said Ramirez, who also rode RDD Lajollanfastdash in his trial. “He’s mature, doesn’t make any mistakes and runs hard from the gate to the wire. I don’t even have to ask him. He does everything so easily and so professionally.”

RDD Lajollanfastdash was bred by Richard Dale Domingue. Simien indicated that the gelding will be pointed to the Louisiana Breeders’ Laddie Futurity (RG2) and Lee Berwick Memorial Futurity (RG1), both at Delta Downs.

San Lorenzo Corona, Jess A Little Star, Lundi Gras Dash, Banditoe Gold, Chocolatebylajolla, Shaded Oak Tree, and Runaway Jasmine completed the order of finish. Streakin Pyc was scratched.

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