Three Quarter Horse Stakes Part of Louisiana Champions Day Program

The three $100,000 stakes kick off the 13-race card at Fair Grounds Racecourse

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Dashnunder Afullmoon, pictured here winning the July 8 Lee Berwick Futurity at Delta Downs, heads a field of a dozen state-bred 2-year-olds in Saturday's $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile Stakes at Fair Grounds. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Saturday’s 13-race Louisiana Champions Day program at Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans features three Quarter Horse stakes, headed by the 440-yard, $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic (RG2) for older state-bred sprinters.

Heza Bell Perry, a 6-year-old son of Heza Fast Dash owned and trained by Javier Contreras, will be facing Louisiana-breds again off of his fourth-place finish, one length behind winner Cobalt Creek, in the 440-yard, $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap (G1) at Lone Star Park. A three-time stakes winner this year, the gelding drew post 3 and will be ridden by Alfonso Lujan.

T M Ranch’s Heza Louisiana Dash, a 5-year-old Heza Fast Dash gelding trained by Kenneth Roberts Sr., drew post 5 and will be ridden by Gilbert Ortiz. Heza Louisiana Dash has won three state-bred stakes this season, including the 440-yard, $100,000 Louisiana Classic Stakes (RG1) at Delta Downs in July.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Absolute Shot (Noe Castaneda)
Running Game Patriot (Juan D. Marquez)
Heza Bell Perry (Alfonso Lujan)
Ldn Jessasaltydog (Antonio Alberto)
Heza Louisiana Dash (Gilbert Ortiz)
Ww Showtime (Raul Ramirez Jr.)
Jes A Fast Dasher (David Alvarez)
Super Sonic Patriot (Mario A. Trujillo Jr.)
Strong Guns (Damian Martinez)
My Favorite Blue (Raul P. Hernandez)

Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile (RG2)
Rogelio Marquez Jr.’s Dashnunder Afullmoon, a two-time graded stakes winner this season, is one of 12 2-year-olds entered in Saturday’s 350-yard, $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile Stakes.

A brown daughter of Heza Fast Dash trained by Saul Ramirez Jr., Dashnunder Afullmoon has earned $527,859 from five outs this year, and her two wins include the 350-yard, $705,000 Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1) on July 8, and the 330-yard, $322,000 Louisiana Breeders’ Lassie Futurity (RG2) on May 19, both at Delta Downs. The filly drew post 10 and will be ridden by Eddie Sanchez.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Miss Tee Lajolla (Antonio Alberto)
Jls Dash N Fire (David Alvarez)
Eyesa Game (Everardo Rodriguez)
Yumyumcomegetyousome (Juan D. Marquez)
Sha Boo Yah (Ricardo Hernandez Jr.)
Piloto Shiner (Noe Castaneda)
Second Down Leaving (Raul Ramirez Jr.)
Blue Eyed Fance (Francisco Calderon)
Cos I Get It (Nestor Duran)
Dashunder Afullmoon (Eddie Sanchez)
Fabulously Black (Donald Watson)
Jrs Natural Runaway (Randy Edison)

Louisiana Champions Day Derby (RG2)
A dozen state-bred sophomores have been entered in Saturday’s 400-yard, $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Derby.

Toast To Virginia, a daughter of Taylors Toastin Papa, has won both of her outs since being claimed for $5,000 in August by Rosendo Valdez Jr., who also trains the filly. Toast To Virginia drew post 11 and will be ridden by Antonio Alberto.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Buds World (Donald J. Guynes)
Shatto Stoli (Raul Ramirez Jr.)
Jess A Little Star (Damian Martinez)
Royal Quick Patriot (Jorge Linares)
Nd Super Long Pass (Alfonso Lujan)
Dont Kill Patriot (David Alvarez)
Fabulously Fast Game (Lucas Constantin)
Di Maria (Everardo Rodriguez)
Coronaoro (Jose A. Rodriguez)
Fast Dashin Dee (Juan D. Marquez)
Toast To Virginia (Antonio Alberto)
Gt Runaway Date (Floriberto Maldonado)

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