Mardi Gras Futurity Trials, Mr Jess Perry Stakes Headlines Louisiana Downs Saturday Program

Post time has been moved up to 11:30 a.m. (CST) to accommodate 15 races.

Edited press release

Scoopies Leaving You, pictured here winning the Harrah's Dash, is one of 10 state-bred sprinters entered in Saturday's $25,000 Mr Jess Perry Stakes. PHOTO: Hodges Photography

To accommodate a 15-race program featuring 14 300-yard Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) trials, Harrah’s Louisiana Downs has moved its post time up to 11:30 a.m. (CST) for Saturday.

Louisiana Downs' Saturday card will kick off with the 13th running of the $25,000 Mr Jess Perry Stakes. The 10 fastest qualifiers to the Mardi Gras Futurity will meet in the March 17, $310,466 final. 

Louisiana Downs will offer entertainment for fans of all ages, beginning at 11 a.m. There will be a free children’s area with bounce houses, games and face painting, as well as culinary delights from the most popular food trucks in the Shreveport-Bossier City area.

Mardi Gras Futurity Trials 
Schooling races were conducted at Louisiana Downs on Friday, February 2, and the winners of these races will likely get their share of attention in Mardi Gras trials.

Triple C Racing Stables LLC was the only owner with dual winners, with Tf Seperatin and Quick To Flirt returning to action on Saturday. Both are trained by Jesus Garrido, who qualified Jrs Natural Runaway to last year’s Mardi Gras Futurity.

Jockey Randy Edison will ride each of the Triple C Racing Stables juveniles. Quick To Flirt runs in race four; One Famous Scarlet is entered in race 13 and Tf Seperatin runs in race 14.

“The schooling races were good for our horses,” said Garrido. “They broke well from the gate, which is what we will hope for in their trials as well.”

Acoronas Toast, under jockey Jose L. Martinez, won his 220-yard schooling race in :12.252, posting the fastest time of the day. The Coronas Leaving You colt is owned by Laura Estrella and will run in the final trial of the day. He will break from post position three as the 8-5 choice and is one of ten juveniles trained by former jockey, Saul Ramirez Jr.

Trainers Saul Ramirez Jr., Kenneth Roberts, Martin Trejo and Lanny Keith all have multiple horses running on Saturday. Keith, who trains nine juveniles entered in Mardi Gras trials, offers his insight into selecting which horses are ready for the first futurity of the year.

“I try to pick our earliest birthday babies and the ones that really fire out of the gates in morning training,” explained Keith. “You hope you have chosen correctly as it is difficult to know what you have this early in the year. Either you shine or look like a fool.”

Mr Jess Perry Stakes
A field of ten accredited Louisiana-breds will compete in Saturday’s $25,000 Mr Jess Perry Stakes. The 350-yard feature will be run as the first race of the card, at 11:30 am.

Joel Galindo’s Scoopies Leaving You ran second in last year’s Mr Jess Perry and comes into Saturday’s feature off a solid win in the $15,000 Harrah’s Dash on January 6.  The 7-year-old son of Coronas Leaving You has won 17 of his 43 career efforts, bankrolling $327,433 to date. The multiple-graded stakes winner drew post position eight and will be ridden by his regular pilot, Donald Watson.  Kevin Broussard trains the multiple graded stakes winner and has tremendous pride in his accomplished veteran.

“He’s 7-years-old, has run 43 races and is as sound as a dollar,” said Broussard.

Current leading Louisiana Downs conditioner Vann Haywood will saddle Gone Cartel, the 7-2 morning line favorite. Owned by Tommy E. Rhodes, the 5-year-old son of Coronas Leaving You brings a three-race win streak into the Mr Jess Perry. Damian Martinez has piloted the bay gelding to victory in his last two races, including his 400-yard win here on January 8.

Trainer Kenny Roberts has two capable entrants in the feature: Bobby D. Cox’s Icanonlyemagine, who drew the rail and Im All Out, who will break from post position nine for Girl  Goes Racing, LLC.

“I’m looking for both horses to run well on Saturday,” said Roberts. “Icanonlyemagine has been training well and will be competitive. I just got Im All Out, but he ran two good recent races.”

The stakes is named in honor of Mr Jess Perry, the acclaimed racehorse and stallion who passed away last November at the age of 25. Honored as AQHA champion 2-year-old in 1994, he won 12 of his 21 career starts he started a successful career as a sire. Mr Jess Perry sired 138 stakes winners and 156 stakes placed horses, including nine running champions. He remains one of only three Quarter Horse stallions to sire the racing earners of more than $52 million.

Here is the field for the Mr Jess Perry Stakes, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Icanonlyemagine (Noe Castaneda), 4-1
Ldn Jessasaltydog (Antonio Alberto), 8-1
Coronaoro (Jose Rodriguez), 15-1
Mps Shake Em N Style (Alfonso Lujan), 8-1
One Hot Flame (Luis Vivanco), 12-1
Ww Showtime (Jorge Linares), 15-1
Gone Cartel (Damian Martinez), 7-2
Scoopies Leaving You (Donald Watson), 9-2
Im All Out (David Alvarez), 7-2
Tf  Racee Runaway (Everardo Rodriguez), 8-1

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