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$25,000 Party Girl Stakes, $15,000 Swift Stakes Set Saturday At Harrah's Louisiana Downs


Sweet Bru (inside), winning the Lakeview Dash, will face a strong field in the $25,000 Party Girl Stakes for accredited Louisiana-bred fillies and mares, in the sixth race of Saturday's card.

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BOSSIER CITY, LA—JANUARY 22, 2019—Two stakes will be contested at Harrah's Louisiana Downs on Saturday The fields are set for the $25,000 Party Girl Stakes for accredited Louisiana-bred fillies and mares as well as the $15,000 Swift Stakes.

Sweet Bru Faces Seven in the $25,000 Party Girl Stakes

The 14th running of the $25,000 Party Girl Stakes for accredited Louisiana-bred fillies and mares will run as the sixth race of Saturday's card.

Sweet Bru owned by Jose Ortiz has been installed as the 3-2 morning line choice in the 350-yard stakes. Honored as 2017 LQHBA Champion Aged mare, the daughter of Embrujo Fg out of the Dashin Bye mare Dashing Sweetpea was bred by Ceburn L. Baker, Jr. Gary Shane Mason trains the 6-year-old mare, who reunites with jockey Filiberto Maldonado on Saturday.

"She ran well in her stakes last year in Louisiana," said Mason. "Unfortunately, in her final start of the year at Evangeline Downs, she stumbled badly out of the gate. She pretty much landed on her nose and Filiberto did not pressure her after that start."

Sweet Bru brings a career record of 8 wins from 21 starts and earnings of $136,505. She has fared well at Louisiana Downs, winning twice in her three previous races.

Fastdashing Lassie, owned by Keithon Roberts and trained by his father, Kenneth Roberts, Sr. will make her 4-year-old debut. Sired by Heza Fast Dash, the talented mare exits a fourth-place finish in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Derby at Fair Grounds on December 9. She has won three of her 14 career starts and will be ridden by David Alvarez.

Vanessa Bartoo's Watergirl B, upset winner of the 2016 Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1), will break from the rail under regular pilot Gilbert Ortiz. The 5-year-old daughter of Game Patriot, conditioned by John Stinebaugh, is the high earner in the field with $374,228 banked since 2016.

The Party Girl Stakes field, including jockey assignments and morning-line odds is as follows:

  1. Watergirl B (Gilbert Ortiz), 12-1
  2. Spit in My Corona (Guadalupe Lucio, Jr.), 5-1
  3. Fastdashing Lassie (David Alvarez), 3-1
  4. Tf Ms Perrys Runaway (Bryan Candanosa), 10-1
  5. Leavin at Six (Rolando Cabrera), 6-1
  6. Monees Fast Cash (Antonio Alberto), 15-1
  7. Sweet Bru (Floriberto Maldonado), 3-2
  8. Jess a Corona Baby (Eddi Martinez), 12-1

Fast N Famous Eagle Returns in the $15,000 Swift Stakes

Joe M. Davis' Fast N Famous Eagle, winner of the $15,000 Harrah's Dash on opening weekend, will return Saturday in the 350-yard Swift Stakes.

Bred in Texas by Oscar Lozano, Fast N Famous Eagle is by One Famous Eagle, out of the Heza Fast Man mare One Fast Kisser. He has notched seven wins from 30 starts, and stretches out from his victory here on January 5, when he covered 250-yards in :13.002 seconds.

"This horse is even better at 350-yards, so he should do well Saturday," said Davis.

Jose Alfonso Ramos' Sunset Run looks to be well-spotted for the feature. The gelded son of Fdd Dynasty has finished first and second in his last four starts. Jorge Linares, who guided the Missouri-bred to a runner-up finish in the EVD 550 stakes on December 15, has the call for trainer Jesse Rodriguez, Jr.

Here is the field, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds for the Swift Stakes, which will run as the fifth race on the card:

  1. Fast N Famous Eagle (Everardo Rodriguez), 8-5
  2. Mariachy King (Noe Castaneda), 4-1
  3. Wrs Quick Jess (Gilbert Ortiz), 20-1
  4. Sweet Merlot (Cesar Esqueda), 15-1
  5. Sixes Flash (Rolando Cabrera), 8-1
  6. Run (Jorge Linares), 5-2
  7. Bileve (Edgar Ibarra), 5-1

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Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest Begins on January 19
Harrah's Louisiana Downs will host an exciting on-track handicapping contest called the Road to Kentucky Handicapping Contest. It will begin on Saturday, January 19 with major stakes races and Kentucky Derby prep races featured each Saturday through May 4. Fans can register at the contest table adjacent to the program stand with weekly prizes awarded and points accumulated toward the $1,000 grand prize. For more information, CLICK HERE.

Louisiana Downs Dates and Post Times
The 2019 Quarter Horse racing season at Harrah's Louisiana Downs got underway on Saturday, January 5. The 46-day meet includes 12 stakes highlighted by the first official championship for 2-year-olds, the $100,000-added Mardi Gras Futurity on March 16. Live racing will take place Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday with a 1:00 p.m. (Central) post time and will continue through March 20.

To see a complete list of race dates and post times, CLICK HERE

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About Harrah's Louisiana Downs
Located near Shreveport in Bossier City, Louisiana, Louisiana Downs opened in 1974 and was purchased by Caesars Entertainment in December, 2002. With annual Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing seasons, the track is committed to presenting the highest quality racing programs paired with its 150,000-square foot entertainment complex offering casino gambling, dining and plasma screen televisions for sports and simulcast racing.


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