Louisiana Showcase Night at Delta

Ms Jingles and JLS Mr Bigtime, both by Bigtime Favorite, win big on state-bred night.

July 15, 2012

Delta Downs closed out its 2012 American Quarter Horse season with an 11-race program billed as Louisiana Showcase Night on Saturday. The card featured 11 races for Louisiana-bred horses and six stakes events headed by the $551,055 Lee Berwick Memorial Louisiana-bred Futurity (RG1), named in honor of the man who opened the racetrack in 1973.

This year’s Lee Berwick was won by the dazzling filly Ms Jingles, who scored her fourth win of the meeting and her second stakes tally after winning the Louisiana Breeders’ Lassie Futurity (RG2) back on May 26. Jockey Eddie Cox rode the brown speedster in each of her local starts.

Ms Jingles, who is owned by Double A Partnership and conditioned by Frank Cavazos, broke out of the gate just behind Bigtime Beau but quickly grabbed the lead before drawing clear to a three-quarter length victory at the finish line in the 350-yard showdown. Ms Jingles, a daughter of Bigtime Favorite bred by Easy Acres Performance Horses, covered the distance over a fast track in :17.381, which equaled a 98 speed index. She returned $4 to win as the even-money favorite.

The victory by Ms Jingles marked the fifth of her six-race career. She earned a paycheck of $275,528 for her effort on Saturday, which raised her lifetime bankroll up to $452,848.

Rodney Verret’s Shiney Aufluential, a daughter of First To Shine, rallied to take second at odds of 22-1. Fastest qualifier Fast Talkin Henry, a gelding by Heza Fast Dash running for Eric Johnson, took third.

Also on the card, JLS Speed Horse Ranch Inc.’s homebred JLS Mr Bigtime, a 4-year-old gelding by Bigtime Favorite, prevailed by a head in the $100,000 Louisiana Classic Stakes (RG2) and established a new track record time of :21.303 for 440 yards. That mark eclipsed the :21.346 set by Abes Jewel just four days prior.

Ridden by Raul Ramirez Jr. for trainer Darrel Soileau, JLS Mr Bigtime earned his 10th win in 17 career starts and boosted his bankroll to $947,797. The 2010 champion 2-year-old gelding now has three stakes victories and has placed in four Grade 1 or Restricted Grade 1 races. The heavy favorite in the Louisiana Classic returned $3 to win.

Elroy Potts Jr. and Watson Land and Cattle’s Blue Louisiana Jolla battled with JLS Mr Bigtime all the way to the wire but came up just a head short. Kim McKenzie’s Louisiana Rangler closed late to get third.

The third graded stakes on the card was the $60,000 Vinton Stakes (RG3) for state-bred 3-year-olds, and it featured a blanket finish with Yadira Alvarado’s Intriguing Jess Blue winning by a head. John Hamilton piloted the Jess Louisiana Blue gelding for trainer Willie Simien Jr.

Bred by J.E. Jumonville Jr., Intriguing Jess Blue improved his record to 13-3-6-1 with earnings of $92,764. He also won last year’s LQHBA Invitational Stakes (R) at Evangeline Downs.

Tachas Got Game, a 35-1 longshot, got up for second with another longshot, Sweets Dashin Bye at 28-1, in third.

In other stakes action, Dr Drip just held on to win the $60,000 Live Oak Stakes (R) at 870 yards for owner and trainer Anthony Arey. John Hamilton earned the riding victory on the 8-year-old First To Shine gelding with a clocking of :46.162 at odds of 10-1. Dr Drip, who was bred by Richard De Vargas, has won nine times in 46 starts and has two other stakes victories.

Slinkys Fortune and Cat Five Storm completed the trifecta.

In the $60,000 Louisiana Juvenile Stakes (R) for horses that did not qualify to the Lee Berwick, Logans Mountain prevailed by a neck for owner Armando Rivera Fernandez and trainer Heath Taylor. Logans Mountain was one of three stakes winners on the night for jockey John Hamilton and covered 350 yards in :17.531. Triple M Farms LLC bred the Panther Mountain colt.

Smokin Buddy and Fance Oak Tree rounded out the top three finishers.

The $60,000 Flashy Hemp (R) for fillies and mares went to Kay and Wade Loup Jr.’s homebred Pantherinthefastlane, who closed with a rush to win by a nose in :19.692 for 400 yards. Alfonso Lujan rode for trainer Vann Haywood. Pantherinthefastlane, a 4-year-old daughter of Panther Mountain, also won last year’s The Treme Derby (R) at Fair Grounds.

Diva Eleanor finished second in the Flashy Hemp with Dash For Alexis in third.

Ana Alvidrez’s Two Minute Warnin, a gelding by Heza Fast Dash, scored in the $40,000 Louisiana Starter Stakes, which is not an official AQHA stakes. Raul Ramirez Jr. rode the now six-time winner for trainer Miguel Rodriguez.