Dashin Gage Tops LA Champions Day Winners at Fair Grounds

Scooter Prize and Louisiana Jambalaya also score rich stakes wins.

Q-Racing Journal

Fair Grounds kicked off Louisiana Champions Day on Saturday with a trio of stakes for American Quarter Horses starting with a victory by Douglas Traylor’s Dashin Gage, who captured the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic (RG2). Ridden by Jose Vega for trainer Kenneth Roberts Sr., the 4-year-old Oak Tree Special gelding prevailed by a head with a 440-yard clocking in :21.841 at odds of 4-5.

Bred by Margie Loup, Dashin Gage improved his record to 21-7-5-2 with earnings of $332,423. The gelding has competed exclusively in stakes company this year with a win in the John Alleman Memorial Stakes (RG3) at Delta Downs and four other stakes placings. Dashin Gage twice raced for a $10,000 claiming price early in his career, and he has now earned more than 33 times that amount.

"Today was his day,” said Roberts. “He left the gates real well and got the job done.”

JLS Mr Bigtime just missed out on the victory with a second-place finish but became a millionaire in the process. The 6-year-old gelding, who finished second in the 2010 All American Futurity (G1), has earned $1,017,472 with a record of 29-12-5-3.

Blue Louisiana Jolla, a veteran of 49 career starts, took third with Bipty Dash, winner of this race last year, in fourth.

In the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Derby (RG3), Ana Alvidrez’s Scooter Prize scored a mild upset as the First Prize Perry filly won by a nose as odds of 5-1. Raul Ramirez Jr. rode the sorrel for trainer Martin Trejo. Scooter Prize covered 400 yards in :19.925.

This marked the second career stakes win for Scooter Prize, who took the Vinton Stakes (RG3) earlier this year at Delta Downs. The filly, who was bred by John Leger, is now a winner of seven of 22 outs with lifetime earnings of $219,845.

"She got a good break, and 400 yards is her best distance,” said Trejo. “She'll get a rest and head to Louisiana Downs."

Heasasblackmagic, a gelding by Jet Black Patriot who won four consecutive races earlier in the year, finished a game second with The Game Cartel, who won last year’s Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile, in third.

The $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile (RG2) went to Mykelia and Roderick Carter’s Louisiana Jambalaya, who hit the wire a head in front as the 2-1 favorite under jockey Lucas Constantin. The gray colt by Jet Black Patriot clocked 350 yards in :17.408.

Trained by Justin Dehart and bred by Mars Racing and Robicheaux Ranch Inc., Louisiana Jambalaya has never been worse than second in six career starts. The colt earned his first stakes victory in the Louisiana QHBA Sale Futurity (RG1) in September at Fair Grounds, and this stakes win pushed his bankroll to $191,175.

“He loves Fair Grounds,” said Dehart. “Lucas said he really kicked into gear in the final strides. What a great way to end the year!"

Two-time stakes winner Game, a gelding by Game Patriot, crossed the wire second and went over the $500,000 mark in earnings in his ninth start of the year. The Zoomin for Bux gelding Zoomin for Bugs finished third in his stakes debut.

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