Fair Grounds Hosts Big Stakes

Louisiana track hosts several big races.

Q-Racing Journal

Ivan Alford and Marty Long’s Bipty Dash (Heza Fast Dash-Bipity Dash (TB) by Kentucky Jazz) will try to defend her win in last year’s $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic (RG2) this year on Saturday afternoon at Fair Grounds. She overcame a bump at the start of the race for Louisiana-breds and was able to rally and win by three quarters of a length at 6-1 odds.

The other American Quarter Horse races on the program dominated with state-bred stakes races are the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Derby and the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile.

Since that win, Bipty Dash won the $35,000 Party Girl Stakes over fillies and mares in her following out back in February at Louisiana Downs. That has been her sole victory from seven starts this year.

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JLS Mr Bigtime (Bigtime Favorite-Psalmist by Osceola Warrior) will surpass $1 million in career earnings if he starts in the Louisiana Champions Day Classic (RG2). He has earned $999,947 and if he starts in the race he will earn at least $1,000. The gelding’s only win from four starts this year was an Evangeline Downs’ allowance race two starts ago. He won by a scant nose.

In the 400-yard Champions Day Derby, the Kenneth Roberts-trained pair of Ol Time Preacher Man (Heza Fast Dash-JJ Streakin Illusion by Streakin La Jolla) and Kool Design (First N Kool-Mitey Good Design by Mitey Easy Dash) are ready for a rematch after finishing one-two in the $60,000 Treme Derby.

TM Ranch’s Ol Time Preacher Man won the Treme Derby by one-half length and then went to Lone Star Park to run a troubled fourth in his Texas Classic Derby trial as the 5-2 favorite.

Oscar Rohne’s Kool Design was second in the Treme Derby in his most recent start. Two starts ago, the gelding won the $217,545 Delta Downs Derby (RG3) for Louisiana-breds by a hard-fought nose as a 40-1 long shot.

In the 350-yard Champions Day Juvenile, Joseph Landreneau’s Game chases his third stakes win.

Game (Game Patriot-Hot Charge by Hot Doggin) will be dangerous with his two futurity victories. Favored in each of his latest four starts, the Kelli Smith-trained Game won the $265,285 Laddie Futurity (RG2) and $645,645 Lee Berwick Memorial Louisiana-bred Futurity at Delta Downs in July, over Hemps La Jolla.

The Miguel Rodriguez-owned and -trained Hemps Jumpn Lajolla (Jumpn-Hemps La Jolla by Streakin La Jolla) won the $281,514 Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) back in March at Fair Grounds and was second by a head in the Lee Berwick Memorial Louisiana-bred Futurity. The gelding was then off until he prepared for the Champions Day Juvenile with three-quarter-length allowance win at Evangeline Downs.

Louisiana Jambalaya (Jet Black Patriot-Iwanna Dash by Royal Quick Dash) has three wins and a pair of close seconds – by a head and a neck – from his five starts. The Justin Dehart-trained colt’s most important victory came two starts ago when he won the $257,904 LQHBA Sale Futurity (RG1) by a head with a :17.571 time at Fair Grounds. He is unbeaten in his two Fair Grounds starts.

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