News - Racing October  24, 2021

Fantasticazoom Jr Wins First Of Two Divisions to Harrah’s Dash on LAD Opening Day

Fantasticazoom Jr, under jockey Ricardo Hernandez, Jr. , winning Division 1 of Saturday's $15,000 Harrah’s Dash. at Louisiana Downs.

© Hodges Photography / Ann Switalski

BOSSIER CITY, LA—JANUARY 4, 2020—Harrah’s Louisiana Downs kicked off its 2020 American Quarter Horse season on Saturday afternoon with sunny skies and two excellent fields competing in the $15,000 Harrah’s Dash.

In the first of the two features, J &J Racing LLC’s Fantasticazoom Jr lived up to his morning line favoritism, drawing off from the far outside post under rider Ricardo Hernandez, Jr. The 5-year-old son of Fantastic Corona Jr out of the Azoom mare Zoomshakalaka, covered 250 yards in :13.195 seconds over a fast track, aided by a 15-mph tail wind.

This was the fifth win from 10 starts for the gelding bred by Summer Run Inc and trained by Jose Carrizales, who picked up his first career stakes victory. The $9,000 winner’s purse boosted his bankroll to $30,170.

The winning connections of Fantasticazoom Jr accept the Harrah’s Dash-Division 1 stakes trophy on Saturday at Louisiana Downs. © © Hodges Photography / Ann Switalski
“He had a good, clean break, which I knew would be important,” he said. “Once he got away, he just outpowered them!”

Little Toy Guns, a son of multiple stakes sire First Prize Doc, ran second by a margin of a half-length under rider Bryan Candanosa for owner-Juan M. Montoya. Levi Mays conditions the 5-year-old gelding out of Strikeabye Baby by Strie The Cash. Bred by Belinda Disotell, he has won four races and earned $61,714.

Mighty Pocket Rocket was a half-length back in third for owner Tyler Lanford. Trained-and-bred by Mark Langford, the son of multiple stakes sire Mighty Corona was ridden by jockey Rolando Cabrera. The 8-year-old out of Raise The Sky by Pie In The Sky has earned $1,650 to bring his earnings to nearly $60,000.

Fastasticazoom Jr, sent off as the favorite, paid $4.40 to win and earned $9,000 for the victory. His career earnings now stand at $30,170.

Capitan de La Playa completed the superfecta. Moon Dash Cartel, Jrs Egos Runaway, Eyema Southern Gent, Temptation Is Sweet and Jess a Boy completed the order of finish.

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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