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BOSSIER CITY, LA—FEBRUARY 22, 2020—Harrah's Louisiana Downs hosted fourteen trials to the $315,116 Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) on Saturday afternoon. The 2020 purse is the richest in the race's 32-year-history!
Delfino Lozano, IV's Louisiana homebred El Camino Cl had no difficulty with his rail post position as he won his trial in :15.561 under Eddie Sanchez. Sired by leading sire Heza Fast Dash out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Eying Miss Perry, the sorrel colt was a schooling race winner on January 31 and drew off as the favorite in the ninth trial, earning a speed index of 92. The impressive juvenile is trained by Jose Sanchez, III.
"He ran a perfect race," stated her trainer. "I was worried about him drawing the rail, but he handled it like an experienced veteran! Once he got going, he ran faster and faster."
El Canio Cl is a half-brother to stakes-placed Zapta Chic and Eyeing Louisiana Game. The second dam is the Grade 2 winner Louisiana Eye Opener. This is family of champion Jess Louisiana Blue and champion sire The Louisiana Cartel.
He was an impressive schooling race winner and followed it up with a solid maiden-breaking score by a margin of one length and a speed index of 89. He was bred by Chad Hart and Bobby D. Cox and was sold at the 2019 LQHBA Yearling Sale for $16,000.
Boxcar is the second foal from the stakes winning Woodbridge mare Wood Be Charming, a half-sister to RG2 winner Dashin Ace. The second dam is the Grade 3 winner Ace Crystal Charm by Shazoom.
Trainer Wendy Garcia, who won the 2018 Mardi Gras Futurity with Guidry Pride II saddled the third fastest qualifier, Denalia Sweet Jess. Bred by Russell Mowad, the daughter of One Sweet Jess crossed the wire in :15.608 under rider Modesto Pina, who is Garcia's husband.
A $9,000 LQHBA Yearling Sale graduate by One Sweet Jess, Denalia Sweet Jess is from the family of champions Strawberry Silk, winner of the All American Futurity and dam of champion and world champion sire Stoli.
With two posted works at Retama Park, Feelin Right won his trial in :15.660 seconds. Trainer Alberto Solis gave a leg up to rider Francisco Calderon, who guided the colt to a half-length score with a 90 speed index.
Sheza Freightrain T, also by Freighttrain B, was a three-quarter length winner in trial 13 for owner Patrick Richardson and trainer Alfredo Gomez. The $50,000 LQHBA Yearling Sale Graduate is from the family of RG1 winner Hiclass La Jolla and Heritage Place Futurity(G2) winner Hiclass Girl. Jockey Rolando Pina rode the brown filly to the 5th fastest clocking of :15.656.
Bred by Jumonville Farms and Burnett Ranch, Jessa Louisiana Dash is a sister to RG2 winner Heza Louisiana Dash. The second dam is the Grade 2 La Primera Del Ano Derby winner Louisiana Eye Opener by Mr Eye Opener.
For a complete list of Mardi Gras Futurity qualifiers, with their times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys CLICK HERE.
Sunday's card at Harrah's Louisiana Downs will feature six trials for the $123,790 Mardi Gras Derby. The final of the Mardi Gras Derby as well as the Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) will take place on Saturday, March 14.
About Harrah's Louisiana Downs
Located near Shreveport in Bossier City, Louisiana, Louisiana Downs opened in 1974 and was purchased by Caesars Entertainment in December, 2002. With annual Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing seasons, the track is committed to presenting the highest quality racing programs paired with its 150,000 square foot entertainment complex offering casino gambling, dining and plasma screen televisions for sports and simulcast racing.