Top Louisiana Runners Meet at LAD

Scooter Prize and Heza Fast Rogue prepare to match in the Billy Montgomery.

Q-Racing Journal

The second- and third-place finishers in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile (RG2) – Ana Alvidrez’s Scooter Prize and Brock Broussard’s Heza Fast Rogue – make their first start since that stakes when they meet over 350 yards among a field of eight Louisiana-bred sophomores in the $35,000 Billy Montgomery Stakes on Saturday at Louisiana Downs.

Scooter Prize (First Prize Perry-Royal Baby Scooter by A Royale High) tried to pull off the 24-1 upset in the Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile, but came up three quarters of a length short of The Game Cartel. The Carlos Saldivar-trained filly was on the board in eight of 11 starts last year and was third in the $246,142 Louisiana Lassie Futurity (RG2) back in May.

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Heza Fast Rogue (Heza Fast Dash-Miss Jess Rogue by Mr Jess Perry) should be dangerous in the Billy Montgomery after he overcame a firm bump at the start to finish third at nearly 3-1 odds. He earned those short odds after a close third in the $286,560 LQHBA Sale Futurity (RG1) and fourths in the $1 million LAQHBA Futurity (RG1) and the $564,895 Lee Berwick Memorial Louisiana-bred Futurity (RG1).

Mark Petry’s Yo Bean (Cosino-Justa Lil Jellybean by Marthas Six Moons) tries to move forward after a troubled trip in the Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile. Early in the year, he qualified for the $281,796 Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) and has three wins from six starts for trainer Preston Jourdan.

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