Louisiana Downs Presents Stakes Tripleheader

The track presents three stakes on its seven-race Saturday program.

Q-Racing Journal

Strong Guns heads a field of nine sprinters in the first division of the 350-yard, $15,000 Swift Stakes. PHOTO; Hodges Photography

Louisiana Downs' seven-race program on Saturday will feature three stakes, including two divisions of the 350-yard, $15,000 Swift Stakes.

Carlos Acuna's Strong Guns is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the first division of the Swift Stakes. A 6-year-old Strong Hope gelding trained by Robert Meche, Strong Guns will be shortening in distance off of his 1 1/4-length victory in the 440-yard, $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes (RG2) at Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans on December 9.

"This may be a little short for him, as he ran a huge race at 440 yards in New Orleans," Meche said. "He's fresh and doing well. We're hoping he can get out of the gate like he did on Louisiana Champions Day."

Strong Guns drew post 4 and will be ridden by Raul Ramirez Jr.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Potus (Ricardo Hernandez Jr.), 15-1
Fast And Famous Eagle (Rolando Del Rio Pina), 9-2
Zenergetic (Claudio P. Aguilar), 12-1
Strong Guns (Raul Ramirez Jr.), 3-1
TF Jess A Leader (Damian Martinez), 7-2
Ardor (David Alvarez), 8-1
LDN Jessasaltydog (Antonio Alberto), 10-1
Beaus Famous (Luis Vivanco), 5-1
WW Showtime (Everardo Rodriguez), 10-1

The second division of the Swift Stakes has drawn a field of 10 sprinters, topped by 5-2 morning-line choice Eye N Capo. Trained by Josue Ponce for owner Ruben Garcia Montemayor, Eye N Capo is a 4-year-old son of Capo de Capi. The gelding is coming off of a sophomore campaign during which he earned $62,192 from five starts and ran second, a neck behind winner Apollitical Scout, in the 400-yard, $305,000 Remington Park Derby (RG3) for Oklahoma-bred 3-year-olds.

Eye N Capo drew post 8 and will be ridden by Damian Martinez.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Spectre RT (Noe Castaneda), 10-1
Buds World (Gilbert Ortiz), 8-1
a-Heisasgoodasheis (Rolando Del Rio Pina), 10-1
A Kool Secret (Alfonso Lujan), 9-2
Immortal Saboteur (Antonio Alberto), 10-1
HR Chatter Wagon (Jesse Levario), 6-1
Desdemona Rambler (Juan D. Marquez), 8-1
Eye N Capo (Damian Martinez), 8-1
Sizzlin Stewart (David Alvarez), 4-1
a-Jes A Spitfire (Rolando Cabrera) 10-1

Saturday's 350-yard, $25,000 Party Girl Stakes (R) has attracted eight Louisiana-bred distaffers.

Manuel Alvarez's La Mos Corona, a 4-year-old Coronas Leaving You mare trained by Orlando Orozco, brings in a three-race win streak that includes a three-quarter length victory in the 330-yard, $30,000 Billy Montgomery Stakes (R) at Evangeline Downs on November 1. The Party Girl will mark her first out since December 16, when she scored a neck win in a 330-yard, $18,000 open-condition allowance dash for state-bred fillies and mares.

“She has a good heart and I’m looking for another solid effort from her,” said Orozco of La Mos Corona. “She pulled up fine after the race at Evangeline.”

The 2-1 morning-line favorite, La Mos Corona drew post 5 and will be ridden by Floriberto Maldonado.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Vfgo Max Go (Rolando Cabrera), 20-1
Sweet Bru (Raul Ramirez Jr.), 5-2
BJs Cartel Cash (Ricardo Hernandez Jr.), 20-1
Sassy Chic 3341 (Juan D. Marquez), 6-1
La Mos Corona (Floriberto Maldonado), 2-1
T Girl C (Luis Vivanco), 12-1
Di Maria (Everardo Rodriguez), 8-1
Punctuality (Damian Martinez), 7-2

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