News - Racing October  20, 2017

Heza Louisiana Dash Scores Third-Consecutive Stakes With $100,000 Louisiana Classic


Heza Louisiana Dash (#9) gets up over Jes A Fast Dash (#8) and Jess A Saint (#6) in the $100,000 Louisiana Classic(RG2) Saturday night at Delta Downs.

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VINTON, LA—JULY 8, 2017—Multiple graded winner Heza Louisiana Dash got up at the wire to defeat Jes A Fast Dasher by a head in the $100,000 Louisiana Classic Stakes(RG2) Saturday night at Delta Downs. Jess A Saint was another head back in the blanket finish to get third.

Ridden by jockey Gilbert Ortiz, Heza Louisiana Dash covered the 440 yards in :21.519 seconds into a 10-mph headwind to garner at 102 speed index. Leading trainer Kenneth Roberts, Sr. saddled the 5-year-old son of leading sire Heza Fast Dash to his 12th career win and third consecutive stakes win on Delta Downs Quarter Horse meeting's the closing night card.

The T M Ranch owned gelding has compiled a (23) 12-6-3 record and used the $60,000 Classic winner's purse to boost his career earnings mark to $477,641. Jumonville Farms and Burnett Ranch bred Heza Louisiana Dash from the Mr Jess Perry mare Eyejesslovelouisiana.

Dr. Larry Findley present T M Ranch the Louisiana Classic Stakes trophy Saturday night at Delta Downs.
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A perfect 3-for-3 this season, Heza Louisiana Dash kicked off the Delta season with a win in the Open Me A Corona Stakes on April 22nd and then followed that with a victory in the RG2 Vals Fortune Stakes on June 3.

Roberts also saddled runner-up Jes A Fast Dasher, a homebred son of Heza Fast Dash, racing for owner/breeder Tony Doughtie. David Alvarez was aboard the graded stakes winner out of Jes A Game by Game Patriot. The $20,000 second-place check brings the 4-year-old's earnings total to $467,259.

Former Louisiana Million Futurity(G1) winner Jess A Saint pocketed $11,000 for his third-place finish. Owned-and-trained by Miguel Rodriguez, the son of leading sire Jess Louisiana Blue has earned $537,302. J.E. and Bunny Jumonville bred Jess A Saint from the Thoroughbred mare Laughing Saint by Vindication. Santiago Mendez was up.

Who jack, Strong Guns, Coronas Statement, Heza Bell Perry, Icanonlyemagine and Jls Dashin And Zoomn completed the field. Magic Black Jack was scratched.

For more information about the upcoming season visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com or on the Facebook page, ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.

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