LQHBA Futurity Trials Draw 134 State-Bred Juveniles

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the November 28, $1-million final at Evangeline Downs.

Q-Racing Journal

Graded stakes winners Telarosa, Jessa Louisiana Zoom, and Magic Black Jack are among the 134 juveniles entered in Friday's LQHBA Futurity trials at Evangeline Downs.

A total of 134 state-bred 2-year-olds has been entered in Friday’s 400-yard Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders’ Association Futurity (RG1) trials at Evangeline Downs.

Post time for the first race is set for 5:05 p.m. (CST).

Leading trainer Kenneth Roberts Sr. has entered 17 juveniles, including Douglas O. Traylor’s Telarosa. A sorrel daughter of Jet Black Patriot, the filly is coming off of a nose victory in the 350-yard, $304,000 LQHBA Sale Futurity (RG1) at Fair Grounds.

Telarosa will be ridden by Lucas Constantin and is the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the 10th of 14 trials.

Other contenders include Jessa Louisiana Zoom, a Jess Louisiana Blue filly trained by Frank Cavazos for owners Jason Richards and Michael Leblanc. Jessa Louisiana Zoom has won all four of her outs, including two graded stakes, and has banked $473,153. The filly will be making her first start since July 11, when she scored a half-length victory as the odds-on choice in the 350-yard, $635,000 Lee Berwick Memorial Futurity (RG1) at Delta Downs.

Jessa Louisiana Zoom drew post 6 and will be ridden by Danny Lavergne in the third heat.

Another graded stakes winner, Ana Alvidrez’s Magic Black Jack, will be ridden by David Alvarez from the rail post in the 12th trial. Trained by Martin Trejo, the gelded son of Jet Black Patriot broke his maiden with a three-quarter length win in the March 14, $301,000 Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) at Louisiana Downs.

The 10 fastest qualifiers from these trials will meet in the $1-million LQHBA Futurity final on November 28. The LQHBA Futurity is the richest horse race for any breed in Louisiana.

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