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One Fine V Sets Fastest Qualifying Time For The $324,288 Louisiana Downs Futurity

One Fine V, under jockey Victory Urieta, setting the fastest time from 10 trials contested today at Louisiana Downs for the Grade 3 $324,288 Louisiana Downs Futurity.

Hodges Photography / Ann Switalski

BOSSIER CITY, LA—MARCH 13, 2022—The Louisiana Downs Quarter Horse program today (March 13) featured ten 300-yard trials to the Grade 3 $324,288 Louisiana Downs Futurity (formerly the Harrah's Entertainment Futurity).

All were contested on a cool, sunny afternoon, into a 10 mph headwind, much less severe than those experienced last weekend for the Mardi Gras Futurity trials.

One Fine V set the top qualifying time of the card, crossing the wire in :15.568 seconds under jockey Victor Urieta, Jr. in the fourth trial. Bred in Oklahoma by Sammy Valeriano, the daughter of a leading sire One Famous Eagle out of the Corona Cartel mare Sera Fina, broke her maiden today by a margin of 3-½ lengths for trainer Alonso Neri.

Purchased for $17,500 at the 2021 Heritage Place Winter Mixed Sale by Jose Maria Garza and Mario H. Vazquez, One Fine V prepped for her trial victory at Retama Park, winning her February 22 training race convincingly.


Jess Pf Flyer, under jockey Nestor Duran, posting the second fastest time in the closing trial on Sunday at Louisiana Downs. © Hodges Photography / Ann Switalski
"She was broken by Joe Garza, who always does such a wonderful job with these babies," said Neri. "Joe told us she was a nice filly and we were impressed with her training race win at Retama. We had a pretty good idea of what to expect from her today but loved the way she broke and took off!"

Neri and Urieta won last year’s edition of this championship with TYKHE Racing LLC’s On Nyx, a filly by Kiss My Hocks. The 25-year-old horseman also trains Zoominseparately for Maria Garza. The colt by Zoomin For Bux was the fastest qualifier in 22 trials for the $324,288 Mardi Gras Futurity, which will be run at Louisiana Downs on Sunday, March 27.

"He came out of the race like he had never run at all," added Neri. "Both he and One Fine V will return to our farm near San Antonio. It’s exciting to have the fastest qualifiers in both futurities at Louisiana Downs."

The tenth and final trial had a major impact on the "bubble time" with Jess Pf Flyer crossing the wire in :15.762 second under rider Nestor Duran, which proved to be the second fastest clocking of the afternoon.

The Texas-bred son of champion Pyc Paint Your Wagon was also a training race winner on February 8 at Retama Park. Erika Huitron conditions the brown colt for owner Rigoberto Luna. Janet McKinnerney bred Jess Pf Flyer from the Mr Jess Perry Jesstafiable.


Dakota Gurl, under jockey Bryan Candanosa, won Sunday's opening trial at Louisiana Downs to secure the third fastest time. © Hodges Photography / Ann Switalski
Sunset Weil Services, Inc’s homebred Dakota Gurl won the first trial in :15.858 seconds for trainer Jorge Valenzuela. Sired by Muddy Watters out of the FDD Dynasty mare Runaway Charli, the gray filly also shipped to Bossier City off works at Retama Park.

Jockey Bryan Candanosa was impressed with her performance in the opener.

"I worked her twice at Retama and she had trouble leaving the gate," he said. "We all believed she was a nice filly, so it was nice to see her win really easily this afternoon."

Muddy Watters also sired Sunset Well Services second qualifier Sws Twenty Three, a neck winner over Won My Heart of the seventh trial. The bay gelding was clocked in:15.957 seconds to get the seventh fastest time.

A son of Corona Cartel, Muddy Watters is a half-brother to world champion Wave Carver and three-time champion Ocean Runaway. A finalist in Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity and Grade 1 Southwest Juvenile Championship, the gray stallion was the 11th Leading First-Crop Sire in 2021 with only 4 starters. This year his first two starters were winners and graded qualifiers today.

CLICK HERE to for the complete list of Louisiana Downs Futurity(G3) qualifiers with times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys.

Live racing continues Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 1:00 pm this week. The 2022 Louisiana Downs Quarter Horse meet will conclude on Wednesday, April 6.

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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