Fast Prize Mike in Deep EVD Derby

Evangeline Downs is host to a deep field in the Evangeline Downs Derby.

November 15, 2012

Evelio Salazar’s Fast Prize Mike, recently second in the Dash For Cash Derby (G2) at 18-1 odds, looks to prove that effort was not a fluke when he starts against a deep field in the $50,000 Evangeline Downs Derby over 400 yards on Saturday night.

The Evangeline Downs Derby is a supporting stakes on a night capped by the $1 million LQHBA Breeders’ Futurity (RG1), the richest Quarter Horse race ever run in Louisiana.

Fast Prize Mike (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Fast Mans Prize by Heza Fast Man) must defeat 2011 Firecracker Futurity (G2) winner Sizzlin Cartel, TQHA Sires Cup Derby (RG3) winner Jumpn Beau Chick and The Treme Derby (R) winner Lil Jess Oak.

A top-two finisher in nine of 11 starts, Fast Prize Mike has improved his form with two second-place runs in his two starts since qualifying for the $144,065 Firecracker Derby. The Javier Contreras-trained colt was second in the Dash For Cash Derby trial, just a nose behind the highly regarded Sweet Oblivion. He then fought for the lead in the Dash For Cash Derby before giving way to Chicks Smart Money while the classy Lethal Volt finished third.

J.E. Jumonville Jr.’s homebred Sizzlin Cartel (Corona For Me-In His Dreams by Apollo (TB)) looks to return to the form he showed throughout his juvenile season and the first half of this year. At 2, he was second in the Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3) and then reeled off three-straight wins, capped by his daylight victory in the Firecracker Futurity (G2).

Sizzlin Cartel is winless from seven 2012 starts, however he has a second-place finish in the Firecracker Derby, defeating Fast Prize Mike, and a third-place run in the Old South Derby.

Francisco Garza’s Jumpn Beau Chick (Jumpn Chic-Beaukas by Make It Anywhere) has stepped up from being a maiden from five starts last year to scoring a half length win in the TQHA Sires Cup Derby (RG3) and finishing second by a head in the Adequan Retama Park Derby Challenge. The Bobby Martinez-trained filly has been on the board in six of seven starts this year.

Gerald Libersat’s homebred Lil Jess Oak (Oak Tree Special-Lil Jess Print by Mr Jess Perry) scored a 10-1 upset win in the $40,000 The Treme Derby for Louisiana-breds two starts ago. He made a late bid in the 350-yard stakes to win by a nose over a sloppy track at Fair Grounds.