Louisiana Veterans Face Off

Veteran runners face off at Louisiana Downs.

Q-Racing Journal
February 8, 2013

The Henry Padgett-owned and -trained Slinkys Fortune, second or third in his latest four starts at short odds, tries to make amends and reach the winner’s circle in the $35,000 Magnolia Stakes over 870 yards for Louisiana-breds at Louisiana Downs on Saturday.

Slinkys Fortune (Dashs Slinky-Chasing A Fortune by Six Fortunes) is still a danger at 9-years-old, although his closing charge has come up short in his recent starts. After a pair of third-place runs in allowance races, he went seven-wide in the Au Revoir Stakes at Evangeline Downs and was able to gain third place at 19-10 odds. He then came up 1 1/4 lengths short in the Louisiana Downs’ Marathon Stakes at 23-10 odds on January 12.

Geral Dewitt’s Direct Zach Attack (Direct Hit (TB)-LP Rainbow Rose by The Rainbow Ranger) upset the Marathon Stakes at 10-1 odds and looks to substantiate than effort in the Magnolia Stakes. The Anthony Arey-trained 7-year-old gelding went four wide on the turn and then drew out for his first win since taking back-to-back claiming races last fall.

The Louisiana Downs Maiden Stakes supports the Magnolia Stakes with Carlan Hagan and Ramon Suarez’s Seza Fast Alyssa (Heza Fast Dash-Holy Effort by Special Effort) holding the fastest-qualifying time from four trials.

Seza Fast Alyssa, a 4-year-old mare, won her maiden in her 12th start when she won her trial by a half length in :17.792 for 350 yards. The Frank Cavazos-trained mare has done her best work at Louisiana Downs with a pair of seconds to go with her trial win from three starts at the track.

The Dewitt-owned and Arey-trained Cosino Winner (Cosino-Winners Never Quit (TB) by Bag) is a 3-year-old gelding who bears watching after winning his maiden in his trial while making just his second career start. He won his trial by 1 1/2 lengths and was timed in :17.885.