January 26, 2012
The fast-starting Eyesa Western, coming off a close second-place effort in a division of the 250-yard Harrah’s Dash, tries to extend his quickness to 350 yards when he starts in the $15,000 Swift Stakes at Louisiana Downs on Saturday afternoon.
The Anireal Chavira-owned and -trained Eyesa Western (Eyesa Special-Western Debt by Chicks Beduino) made each of his 2011 starts at distances shorter than 350 yards and wrapped up that campaign with a first, a second and a third against competition below the stakes level. The gelding moved up to the stakes ranks in his sole start this year – the $20,000 Harrah’s Dash division – and finished just a neck off the winner at 23-1 odds.
Jose Luis Salazar’s Bertha Venation (Corona Caliente-Dash To Glory by Texigo Star) was second in the other division of the Harrah’s Dash. The Jonathan Castaneda-trained mare held the lead until being caught approaching the finish line. She has a classy resume, with a win in the 2010 Firecracker Derby and crossing the wire in second place in the 2010 Dash For Cash Derby before being disqualified.
Joe B. Allen’s homebred JA Jess Perfect (Mr Jess Perry-JA Curiosity by Dash For Cash) has won his latest two starts spanning more than eight months for trainer Judd Kearl. Back in May at Sam Houston Race Park, he won the 300-yard allowance race by three quarters of a length and then came back in November at Lone Star Park to take a 350-yard allowance race by one-half length.
The Javier Noel Contreras-owned and -trained Point Of Deception (Feature Mr Jess-Daring Deception by Special Effort) comes off a three-month breather after facing stronger company throughout his 24-race career. He came off a four-month layoff last fall to score a game nose decision in the B.F. Phillips Handicap at Lone Star Park on October 29.
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