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Louisiana QHBA Sale Futurity Headlines Saturday Stakes Tripleheader at Evangeline Downs


Multiple graded stakes winner Blood Money will head Saturday’s 350-yard, $382,415 Louisiana QHBA Sale Futurity (RG1) at Evangeline Downs.

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BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI

OPELOUSAS, LA—OCTOBER 26, 2021—Ten state-bred 2-year-olds, headed by multiple graded stakes winner Blood Money, are entered back in Saturday’s 350-yard, $382,415 Louisiana QHBA Sale Futurity (RG1) at Evangeline Downs.

Blood Money is an undefeated bay son of leading third-crop sire Apollitical Blood trained by Rosendo Valdez Jr. for owner Rojas Racing Stables LLC. A $17,000 purchase at last year’s LQHBA Yearling Sale, the gelding has earned $607,131 from five races, and his record includes victories in the June 12, $347,000 Louisiana Breeders’ Laddie Futurity (RG2), and the July 31, $827,000 Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1), both at Delta Downs.

Blood Money drew post 7 and will be ridden by Everardo Rodriguez.

Fastest qualifier San Lorenzeaux, a graded stakes placed son of champion Carters Cartel racing for Rogelio Marquez Jr. from the barn of trainer Hector Alcala, drew post 4 and will be ridden by Raul Ramirez Jr. A $29,000 buy at last year’s LQHBA Yearling Sale, the gelding made his local debut with a clear 3 3/4-length win in the fifth of 10 trials on October 8.

San Lorenzeaux was making his first start since July 31, when he ran second, a neck behind Blood Money, in the Lee Berwick Futurity. The gelding has won two of four starts and has banked $153,726 while racing exclusively in Louisiana.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:

  1. Ms Diamond Cartel (Eleazar Hernandez)
  2. Risen Patriot (Modesto Pina)
  3. Stratosphear (Noe Castaneda)
  4. San Lorenzeaux (Raul Ramirez Jr.)
  5. Apollitical Tornado (Luciano Duenez)
  6. San Lorenzito (Rolando Cabrera)
  7. Blood Money (Everardo Rodriguez)
  8. Amazing Blood (Leonardo Rodriguez)
  9. Soft On The Freight (Guadalupe Lucio Jr.)
  10. Jet Black Dash (Luis F. Ruiz)

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Also on Saturday, eight Louisiana-bred distance specialists are entered in the 870-yard, $35,000 Races & Aces Stakes (R).

Jesus Coronado’s Racing Kane, a 7-year-old Jet Black Patriot gelding, is coming off of a head victory in the 870-yard, $50,000 Live Oak Stakes (R) for state-breds at Delta Downs on July 31. Racing Kane has won nine of 35 starts -- including four of 10 at the 870 trip -- and he has earned $145,163.

Racing Kane drew post 8 and will be ridden by Bobby Ransom for trainer Telma Loya.

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Patrick Richardson’s Sheza Freighttrain T will risk her three-race win streak in Saturday’s 330-yard, $35,000 French Quarter Stakes (R) for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares.

All of Sheza Freighttrain T’s wins during her streak came against stakes company and include a half-length victory in the open 220-yard, $20,000 Evangeline Downs Dash on October 6. All told, the sophomore daughter of Freighttrain B has won nine of 14 races -- including all three of her outs at the 330 distance -- and she has earned $425,259.

Sheza Freighttrain T drew post 6 and will be ridden by Gilbert Ortiz for trainer Eric Long.

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


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