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LQHBA Yearling Sale Graduates To Debut In Mardi Gras Schooling Races Saturday

Louisiana Downs will host 19 schooling races for Mardi Gras Futurity(RG2) eligibles on Saturday.

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BOSSIER CITY, LA—FEBRUARY 9, 2022—Several summer sale graduates from the 2021 LQHBA Yearling Sale are expected to make their career debuts during 19 schooling races for state-bred 2-year-olds who remain eligible for the upcoming $400,000-est. Mardi Gras Futurity(RG2) on Saturday at Louisiana Downs.

First post is set for 11 a.m. (CST).

The 300 yard restricted Grade 2 Mardi Gras Futurity trials will be contested over two days this year, Saturday, March 5th and Sunday, March 6th. The 10 fastest qualifiers will return Sunday, March 27th to compete in industry's first official futurity of the year.

Tf Crown Reserve, an $80,000 LQHBA Sale graduate will head Race 4 on Saturday for owner Tate Farms and Ron L. Habetz. Trainer Rosendo Valdez, Jr. named jockey David Alvarez to ride the One Sweet Jess colt out of multiple graded winner Toast To Mallard by Toast To Dash.

The sorrel colt is a half-brother to Mardi Gras Derby winner To Boy C and Le Berwick Futurity(G1) placed Tf El Whiskey. This is the family of LQHBA Futurity(RG1) winner Mr Mallard.

Another One Sweet Jess colt, Masseto, heads Race 6 for owner Jose Rocha and trainer Eliseo Celestino. Jockey Mario Trujillo, Sr. has been named to ride the half-brother to Lee Berwick Futurity(RG1) winner Dashunder Afullmoon, RG1-placed Prize Dasher and G2-placed Jen And Vodka.

For a complete list of entries, including sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys and sale information (if applicable) CLICK HERE.

Coverage of the training races, including results, will posted on as soon as they are made available from the racetrack on Saturday.

About Louisiana Downs
Located near Shreveport in Bossier City, Louisiana, Louisiana Downs opened in 1974 and is now owned by Rubico Acquisition Corporation. 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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