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Fantasticazoom Jr, Tuckers Prize Headline Divisions of Leverne Perry Memorial Stakes


Two-time stakes winner during the current meet, Fantasticazoom Jr is the even-money morning-line favorite in Saturday’s first division of the 400-yard, $15,000 Leverne Perry Memorial Stakes at Louisiana Downs.

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BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI

BOSSIER CITY, LA—MARCH 10, 2020—Fantasticazoom Jr, a 4-year-old son of Fantastic Corona Jr owned by J & J Stables LLC, is the even-money morning-line favorite in Saturday’s first division of the 400-yard, $15,000 Leverne Perry Memorial Stakes at Louisiana Downs.

Fantasticazoom Jr has won two $15,000 stakes during the current Louisiana Downs meet. All told, the brown stallion has won six of 11 starts and has earned $39,170, of which $18,440 has been banked from three career outs at Louisiana Downs.

Fantasticazoom Jr drew post 4 and will be ridden by Ricardo Hernandez Jr. for trainer Jose Carrizales.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:

  1. Little Toy Guns (Bryan Candanosa), 12-1
  2. Jess JJ Watt AW (Antonio Alberto), 12-1
  3. Game Overtime (John Hamilton), 5-2
  4. Fantasticazoom Jr (Ricardo Hernandez Jr.), 1-1
  5. One Fast Perry (Everardo Rodriguez), 9-2
  6. Runaways Ace (Ricardo Garza-Cruz), 20-1
  7. Texaslittlebro (Luis Vivanco), 10-1

Leverne Perry Memorial Stakes -Division 2

Tuckers Prize, a 4-year-old Fast Prize Dash gelding owned and trained by Preston Jourdan, heads a field of eight entered in the second division of the Leverne Perry Memorial.

Tuckers Prize has won his last four starts, and he ended his sophomore campaign with a nose victory as the 3-2 favorite in the 400-yard, $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Derby (RG2) at Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans on December 14.

Tuckers Prize drew post 7 and will be ridden by Damian Martinez.

The complete lineup for the second division, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:

  1. Lightemupwithcharm (Noe Castaneda), 9-2
  2. Soft On The Coronas (Everardo Rodriguez), 6-1
  3. Strut For Petes Sake (Leonardo Rodriguez), 10-1
  4. DLJ Imma B Famous (Ricardo Hernandez Jr.), 9-5
  5. Ja B Valiant (Bryan Candanosa), 10-1
  6. Toast To Monee (Ubaldo Luna), 30-1
  7. Tuckers Prize (Damian Martinez), 5-2
  8. RF Fast Dash N Blue (Gilbert Ortiz), 8-1

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Leverne Perry played a key role in successful legislative efforts, which resulted in slot machines at Louisiana racetracks. Serving as Executive Director of LQHBA from 1987-2013, Louisiana Quarter Horse racing flourished into the richest state-bred program in the nation with significant gains in purse money and breeder incentives for mares and stallions of accredited Louisiana-breds.

During his tenure, he helped develop the Youth Scholarship program, the first Mardi Gras Futurity and the first $1,000,000-guaranteed Breeders Futurity for Louisiana-bred foals. His tireless efforts to promote and expand Louisiana racing and breeding helped develop the annual yearling sale into one of the largest state-bred Quarter Horse sales in the country.

In recognition of his 25th year of service as the executive director of the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association, he was honored by AQHA with the 2011 Gordon Crone Special Achievement award. In 2014 he received the LQHBA Lifetime Achievement award. He served on the AQHA Racing Committee and the AQHA Champions committee.

Perry was inducted into the LQHBA Hall of Fame in 2016 and Louisiana Rodeo Hall of Fame in 2002.

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All Louisiana Downs races can be seen at Q-RacingVideo.com.


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