Taylors Toastin Papa Shines in Delta Opener

Stallion holds on to win first stakes of Delta Downs meet.

April 27, 2012

After winning just twice in his first 19 career starts, Taylors Toastin Papa has now won four in a row and six of his last seven outings after taking the $50,000 John Alleman Memorial Stakes (RG) on Friday night to open the Delta Downs meet. The 5-year-old stallion by Toast To Dash won the Louisiana-bred event by a neck and stopped the timer at :17.480 for 350 yards with Donald Watson aboard for trainer Kevin Broussard and owner Gerald Libersat.

Sent off as the 2-1 favorite after taking the Mr Jess Perry Louisiana Downs Stakes (RG3) in his last start, Taylors Toastin Papa picked up $30,000 for the win to push his bankroll to $157,541 with a record of 26-8-8-3. The sorrel was bred by Taylor VanBebber, the daughter of trainer Janet VanBebber and the late trainer Steve VanBebber. Taylors Toastin Papa is out of the Streakin La Jolla mare Tacha La Jolla, who is a full sister to 2002 world champion Streakin Sin Tacha, a four-time Grade 1 winner owned and trained by Taylor’s mother.

Oscar Alcantara’s Heza Gonna Dash, a gelding by Heza Fast Dash, closed well to take second with Blue Louisiana Jolla in third for owners Elroy Potts Jr. and Watson Land and Cattle.