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One Fast Perry Fastest Qualifier to $111,180 Evangeline Downs Derby Saturday Night

One Fast Perry, under jockey Leonardo Rodriguez, setting the fastest qualifying time in Saturday's Evangeline Downs Derby trials at Evangeline Downs.

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OPELOUSAS, LA—NOVEMBER 14, 2020—Coming off a second-place effort in the Billy Montgomery Stakes, where he faced older horses, One Fast Perry rolled to the top qualifying mark in Saturday's Evangeline Down Derby trials.

The 10 fastest qualifiers, from the four trial race races contested, will return to Evangeline Downs on Saturday, December 12th and vie for the winners' share of a $111,180 purse going 400 yards.

Ridden by jockey Leonardo Rodriguez, One Fast Perry defeated fellow qualifier I Am Valiant by half-a-length while completing his task in :19.681 seconds, equaling a 94 speed index into a 4 mph headwind.

Lanny Keith conditions the multiple stakes-placed son of multiple stakes sire Fast Prize Jordan for owner-breeder Eddie L. Harrison. One Fast Perry has compiled a (15) 4-3-2 record and earned $46,395. He was also third in the Laverne Perry Memorial Stakes at Louisiana Downs and a finalist in the LQHBA Louisiana Million Invitational at EVD last December.

Wagons Dash, under jockey Everardo Rodriguez, posting the second fastest time in the Evangeline Downs Derby trials Saturday night. © Coady Photography
Trainer Keith bookended the Evangeline Derby qualifiers list by also saddling 10th fastest qualifier Passionate Paris.

Wagons Dash, runner-up in the Dash For Cash Derby(G2) in his last start was an impressive 1-¼ length winner in the third trial to get the second fastest clocking of :19.767 seconds, a 92 speed index into a 5 mph headwind for owner Edward H. Scott. Eric Long conditions the multiple graded-placed son of leading sire Pyc Paint Your Wagon from the Fishers Dash mare Breitling Time.

Everardo Rodriguez had the riding call aboard the $100,630 earner. Wagons Dash was also second in the Jack Brooks Stakes at Remington Park earlier this year. Last season he was second in the Easy Jet Stakes and fourth in the Black Gold 350 Championship Futurity.

Trainer Alonso Neri showed that he brought a stellar collection of horses to Evangeline Downs this weekend by qualifying five horses for the Final. Neri conditions 3rd fastest I Am Valiant, 5th fastest Ima Tempting Girl, 6th fastest Kiss My Annee Gl, 8th fastest Hit Or Miss Kiss and 9th fastest Wager On Your Wagon.

Pyc Paint Your Wagon led all sires getting four finalist while leading second-crop sire Kiss My Hocks sired two qualifiers to the EVD Derby.

Each of the four Evangeline Downs Derby trials offered a purse of $5,000 with the winner of each trial receiving $3,000.

For the complete list of qualifiers, times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys to the 2020 Evangeline Downs Derby CLICK HERE.

Racing will resume at Evangeline Downs on Wednesday night with an eight-race program that will include the $30,000 Races and Aces Stakes. Post time on Wednesday will be 5:35 pm Central Time.

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