First Prize Bourban Gets The Gold Medal in LQHBA Breeders' Derby
The $45,000 yearling purchase scores big at Evangeline Downs.
December 15, 2017
Seventh-fastest qualifier First Prize Bourban, a brown son of Coronas Leaving You campaigned by Charles J. Boudreaux Jr., outran his 9-1 odds to win the 400-yard, $316,991 LQHBA Breeders' Derby (R) for Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds at Evangeline Downs on Saturday.
Prepped by Kenny Roberts, who gave a leg up to jockey Donald Watson, First Prize Bourban defeated third-fastest qualifier and 2-1 favorite No Politics Here by a neck in :19.648. In addition to recording a 99 speed index, the gelding earned $141,061 to push his bankroll to $295,617.
"The main thing was he got away good tonight and held on," said Roberts. "I was a little nervous about running him at 400 yards, but he got the job done."
First Prize Bourban was bred by Weetona Stanley of Madill, Oklahoma. The gelding was acquired by Boudreaux for $45,000 at the 2015 Louisiana QHBA Yearling Sale. His dam, First Prize Pearl, is an unraced homebred 9-year-old daughter of 1994 champion Mr Jess Perry and 1994 All American Derby (G1) finalist First Prize Dash.
Of First Prize Bourban's career earnings, $228,779 has been pocketed this season. The gelding has won five of 11 outs while racing exclusively in Louisiana, and his sophomore record includes a victory in the Grade 3 Treme Stakes at Fair Grounds on August 19, and a second-place finish in the 400-yard, $257,000 Delta Downs Louisiana-Bred Derby (RG1) on July 8.
Lightemupwithcharm finished third, a head behind No Politics Here, and was followed by One Hot Flame, JRS Coronas Shadow, Shez The Bomb, fastest qualifier Bubba Mallard, TF Racee Runaway, Toasted Runaway, and Gone Swingin.
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