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February 22, 2014
The first official 2-year-old races were held on Saturday at Harrah's Louisiana Downs with 15 trials for $281,514 Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) for accredited Louisiana-breds, and Luis Miguel Albores-Gleason’s Dynastys Jumpin scored a two-length win in the fourth heat to post the fastest qualifying time. The filly by Jumpn, bred by Margie Loup, stopped the timer at :15.642 for 300 yards with Modesto Pina up for trainer Wendy Garcia. The filly earned $4,500 for the effort.
Party With Braxton, a colt by Swingin Jess, took the 11th-trial by a half-length and posted the second-fastest time of :15.760. Manuel Garcia rode for trainer and owner Noe Sanchez. Swingin Jess also sired third-fastest qualifier Jess For Ron, a homebred gelding for James Magnon who took the final trial in a time of :15.798. Lucas Constantin rode the 20-1 shot for conditioner Justin Dehart.
The 10 qualifiers will return on March 15 for the rich final.
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