Dashin Gage Takes LQHBA Sale Futurity

Oak Tree Special gelding wins postponed race at Evangeline Downs.

September 9, 2012

Douglas Traylor's Dashin Gage, who twice could have been claimed for just $10,000 earlier this year, picked up more than 10 times that amount with a 12-1 upset victory in Saturday’s $264,480 LQHBA Sale Futurity (RG1) at Evangeline Downs. The race was originally set to be run September 1 at Fair Grounds but had to be postponed and run at a new location after Hurricane Isaac.

Trained by Kenneth Roberts Sr. and ridden by Stevie Gillum, Dashin Gage got up to win by a neck in a hand-timed :17.340 for 350 yards. Purchased by Traylor for $10,500 at the LQHBA Yearling Sale, Dashin Gage made his racing debut a winning one against $10,000 maiden claiming company at Delta Downs. He then finished off the board in an allowance race before winning a restricted $10,000 claiming race. He then finished second in his LQHBA trial on August 15 at Fair Grounds. His record now stands at 5-3-1-0 with earnings of $131,093. Dashin Gage, who was bred by Margie Loup out of the Dash Thru Traffic mare Dash Lady Love, became the 24th stakes winner sired by world champion Oak Tree Special. This win capped a big week for Traylor, who also owns All American Futurity (G1) fifth-place finisher Just Wanna Corona.

Jaime Torres’ Coltins Fast Dash, a Heza Fast Dash gelding who won the Louisiana Breeders’ Laddie Futurity (RG2) in May, finished second as the 2-1 favorite. Armando Rivera Fernandez’s Logans Mountain, a colt by Panther Mountain, got up to take third.

Also on the card, Noe Pena’s Lets Jess Do It, a gray gelding by First Prize Perry, drew clear to win the $29,396 LQHBA Sale Invitational Stakes (R). Ridden by John Hamilton for Frank Cavazos, Lets Jess Do It covered 350 yards in a hand-timed clocking of :17.220, which was faster than Evangeline’s track record of :17.278 at the distance. Easy Acres Performance Horses bred Lets Jess Do It, who now sports a record of 7-2-2-2 with earnings of $34,516.