Louisiana Jambalaya Wins Big at Fair Grounds

New Orleans tracks closes Quarter Horse meet with rich card of racing.

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Mykelia Carter and Roderick L. Carter's Louisiana Jambalaya, the second-fastest qualifier in the trials for trainer Justin Dehart, stormed home on the outside under jockey Lucas Constantin to get up in a photo finish over Kay L. and Wade J. Loup Jr.'s Hang On And Hush Up in Friday's closing day feature at Fair Grounds, the $286,560 Louisiana QHBA Sale Futurity (RG1).

The race was not made official immediately as the stewards had to look at a pair of jockey objections lodged against the winner. Both Patrick Watson aboard Heza Louisiana Dash and Rafael Fernandez aboard Hezarunnintoachieve claimed interference in the early stages of the race, but after reviewing the video the stewards took no action.

Now a three-time winner from four career starts, the consistent colt earned high praise from trainer Dehart.

“Everything went good and we are blessed today that it happened,” he said. “I thank the owner Roderick Carter and [jockey] Lucas Constantin for all the hard work. We had the horse from January and they have been working hard for him all year long and it finally paid off. I appreciate everything. He is very talented but he picks up stuff real quick, you know. Everything he learns quick. The gates didn’t take long and when he gets in there it’s almost automatic; he is ready to go.”

Louisiana Jambalaya, a son of Jet Black Patriot bred by Mars Racing and Robicheaux Ranch Inc., stopped the clock in :17.571 for the 350-yard distance and paid $6.40 to win. The $103,162 winner's share boosted his career earnings to $131,862.

Hang On and Hush Up led early from the gate but had to settle for second, with Jeti Luke and RBD Fastestdashndeb completing the superfecta.

In earlier undercard stakes action:

Tony Doughtie's Jes A Fast Dasher took the early money and proved best in the $30,683 LQHBA Sale Invitational (R) under rider Lucas Constantin. A winner in trials for the LQHBA Sale Futurity, Jes A Fast Dasher returned $10.60 and won for the third time in five starts for trainer Kenny Roberts. JRS Mighty Matteo completed the exacta with B And G Fast Dash third. The final time was :17.579.

Anna Alvidrez's First Prize Copy captured his second race at the Fair Grounds 2014 Quarter Horse meet when taking the $40,000 Lakeview Starter Stakes under rider David Alvarez. Alertly away from the gate, First Prize Copy led throughout the 440-yard trip and stopped the clock in :21.492. Trained by Martin Trejo, First Prize Copy returned $6.40 as the race favorite, besting Sir Prize and Fast Eddie D.

King Daddy Dove posted a $31.60 upset in the French Quarter Starter Stakes, proving best for jockey Tony Alberto over fellow longshot TF Eyes R Struttin. Owned by Guillermo Herrera and trained by Carlos Saldivar, King Daddy Dove won for the eighth time in 22 lifetime starts while crossing the wire in a time of :15.135 for the 300-yard distance. Odds-on favorite Allizoom finished third. The two starter stakes were not official AQHA stakes races.

Frank J. Greenhaw's Droppin Timber, sent to post as the 4-5 favorite, battled gamely between horses in the stretch to get up for a score in the $40,000 Faubourg St. John Stakes (R). Ridden by John Hamilton for trainer Orrin Cogburn, Droppin Timber returned $3.80 and completed the 870-yard distance in :46.245 while capturing his second consecutive stakes race. Keepn It Kool finished second, and Worlds On High was third after leading into deep stretch. Call Me Cajun Pie crossed the wire fourth but was disqualified for interference and placed fifth, elevating Vics Classic to fourth.

Fast Talkin Henry, owned by Eric P. Johnson, bagged his third straight win in taking the $60,000 Mid-City Stakes (R). Under jockey John Hamilton, Fast Talkin Henry blitzed the 400-yard distance in :19.428, setting a new track record in the process and returning $8.20 as the third choice on the tote board. T Boy C finished second ahead of Scooter Prize.

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