Training Races, Magnolia Stakes Headline Weekend Action at Louisiana Downs

Reigning distance champion B And G Fast Dash will make season debut on Saturday.

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B And G Fast Dash is one of six state-bred distance specialists entered in Saturday's $25,000 Magnolia Stakes at Louisiana Downs. PHOTO: Coady Photography

B And G Fast Dash, the reigning AQHA champion distance horse, will make his 6-year-old season debut in Saturday's 870-yard, $25,000 Magnolia Stakes (R) at Louisiana Downs.

Trained by Kenneth Roberts Sr. for owner Mo Racing, B And G Fast Dash won three 870 stakes last year, including the November 4, $30,000 Races And Aces Stakes (R) at Evangeline Downs. The gelded son of Heza Fast Dash also broke the Fair Grounds' 870-yard track record when he won the Faubourg St. John Stakes (R) by a clear two lengths in :44.966.

B And G Fast Dash drew the rail post and will be ridden by Donald Watson.

"It's been an amazing ride with this horse," said Oscar Rohne, who owns B And G Fast Dash with Mary G. Lynne Thompson. "We love to watch him run, and we were thrilled when he set the track record at Fair Grounds.

"I thought we had a shot at champion distance horse, so to top off the year with this award is really special," he added.

B And G Fast Dash ended his 2017 season uncharacteristically, as the gelding finished sixth, 4 3/4 lengths behind winner Jessa Little Rusty, in the 870-yard, $20,000 IP 870 Stakes.

"We got him scoped after that race, as he was having trouble breathing," said Roberts. "He's doing much better. He had a good work (220 yards) on January 19, and Donald said he felt good and wanted to go further."

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
B And G Fast Dash (Donald Watson), 6-5
JW Who Dat (Antonio Alberto), 7-2
Streakin Holland (Ricardo Hernandez Jr.), 12-1
a-Im Mighty Fast (Randy Edison), 9-5
a-Struttinmyjewelsoff (Juan D. Marquez), 9-5
Streak Of Music (Donell Blake), 6-1

The first training races of the Louisiana Downs winter meet will take place on Friday. Many of the 2-year-old training race entries will be prepping for the Mardi Gras (RG2) and Harrah's Entertainment (G3) futurities later in the season.

All of Friday's schooling races will be run at 220 yards.

"(The training races) aren't about winning," said Roberts, last year's AQHA Blane Schvaneveldt Champion Trainer. "Schooling races are all about learning. They give us valuable information on what we have to work on, so the horses can do better next time."

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