State-Bred Rivals Head a Field of Six in Evangeline's Opelousas Stakes

Heza Louisiana Dash, Jes A Fast Dasher headline Saturday's $40,000 stakes.

TM Ranch's Heza Louisiana Dash heads a field of six state-bred runners in Saturday's Opelousas Stakes at Evangeline Downs. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Heza Louisiana Dash and Jes A Fast Dasher are among the six state-bred aged sprinters entered in Saturday’s 400-yard, $40,000 Opelousas Stakes (R) at Evangeline Downs.

Heza Louisiana Dash and Jes A Fast Dasher ran one-two, respectively, in a pair of state-bred stakes during the Delta Downs meet, including the 440-yard, $100,000 Louisiana Classic Stakes (RG2) on July 8. Heza Louisiana Dash is a 5-year-old Heza Fast Dash gelding trained by Kenneth Roberts for Robert S. Holland’s TM Ranch, and he has banked $134,400 from just four starts this season.

Heza Louisiana Dash drew post 2 and will be ridden by Gilbert Ortiz.

Jes A Fast Dasher is trained by Roberts for owner Tony Doughtie, who also bred the 5-year-old son of Heza Fast Dash. A multiple stakes winner, the gelding has won seven of 19 outs and has earned $475,259.

David Alvarez will ride Jes A Fast Dasher from the rail post.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Jes A Fast Dasher (David Alvarez)
Heza Louisiana Dash (Gilbert Ortiz)
Strong Guns (Damian Martinez)
Ldn Jessasaltydog (Antonio Alberto)
Scooter Prize (Everardo Rodriguez)
Super Sonic Patriot (Mario A. Trujillo Jr.)

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