Louisiana-Breds Showcased at Delta

Talented Louisiana runners ready for big prize races.

July 12, 2013

Brock Broussard’s Heza Fast Rogue tries to continue to improve in the $564,894 Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1) and Joan Rood’s $10,000 claim moves up to stakes competition in the $148,260 Delta Downs Derby (RG3) during a stakes night dedicated to Louisiana-breds on Saturday night at Delta Downs.

Also on the program, the always-dangerous Zupers Quick Dash starts in the $100,000 Louisiana Classic (RG2) for older horses.

Heza Fast Rogue (Heza Fast Dash-Miss Jess Rogue by Mr Jess Perry) couldn’t light the board in his first two starts, but has found the winner’s circle in his latest two outs with daylight wins in a Delta Downs maiden race and then in his Berwick trial.

The Kevin Broussard-trained Heza Fast Rogue faced the strongest competition of his young career when he took his trial by 1 1/4 lengths in the third of 12 trials and his time of :17.318 for 350 yards was the top time. He now takes another big step in class for the Berwick.

Antonio Delgado Jr.’s JLS Go Big Daddy (Bigtime Favorite-Do It To It Reb by Splash Bac) has stakes experience with a third-place finish in the Sam Houston Juvenile (R). The member of the Miguel Rodriguez stable came through in his trial with a fast-closing three-quarter-length win with the second-fastest time of :17.370.

Douglas Traylor’s Dashin Gage (Oak Tree Special-Dash Lady Love by Dash Thru Traffic) made his 3-year-old debut in the trials and showed he is ready to compete again in the stakes ranks with the fastest-qualifying time to the Delta Downs Derby. He opened up an early lead and then won by one-half length with a :19.472 for 400 yards.

Dashin Gage, trained by Kenny Roberts Sr., won the LQHBA Sale Futurity (RG1) and raced in the LQHBA Futurity (RG1) and the Louisiana Downs Champions Day Juvenile (RG2) on his way to earning $169,893 last year. He won four of eight juvenile starts.

Jose Guzman’s T Boy C (Sir Runaway Dash-Toast To Mallard by Toast To Dash) was second to Dashin Gage in the last of three trials, and he posted the second-fastest qualifying time of :19.545. The Rodriguez-trained gelding was the 7-5 favorite in the trial after three-straight wins, including the $84,404 Mardi Gras Derby (R) and the Vinton Stakes (RG3) in his two previous starts. He took the Mardi Gras Derby by a length before fighting to a head win in the Vinton Stakes.

Zupers Quick Dash (Heza Fast Dash-Oh Shez Zuper by Zuppardo’s Prince (TB)) has won 11 of 28 careers starts and is in top form with a pair of stakes wins in his latest two starts. The Bobby Martinez-trained 7-year-old took the $50,000 Juan Alleman Stakes (RG3) by a half length in April and came back in June to fight for a nose win in the Vals Fortune Stakes (RG3) to be 2-for-2 in 2013.

Owned by Ponderosa Ranch of PC Inc., Zupers Quick Dash does some of his best work at Delta Downs with nine of his 11 career starts coming at the track.

Carlos Lozano’s Political Option (Jess Louisiana Blue-In His Dreams by Apollo (TB)) dominated the Delta 550 Stakes two starts ago by 1 3/4 lengths before finishing a close third behind Zupers Quick Dash in the Vals Fortune.