The third week of the 2012 quarter horse season is underway, and the week will be headlined by the $25,000 Mother’s Day Stakes on Saturday, May 12. The full field is slated to run at approximately 9:40 p.m., which is listed as Race 9 on the program.
The field including post position along with jockey and trainer are 1 – Lindsays First Jewel (Danny Lavergne, Jose Garcia); 2 – Allusional Dash (Randy Edison, Anireal Chavira); 3 – Flying to the Line (Raul Ramirez Jr., Alberto Solis); 4 – Six Patriots (David Alvarez, Earl McDonald); 5 – Bang Bang Bang (Lucas Constantin, Kenny Roberts); 6 – Little Eye Opener (Eleazar Guillen, Jeff Acuna); 7 – Allure Sr (Gilbert Ortiz, Janet VanBebber); 8 – Flamboyant Chick (Jarrod Deschamp, William Little); 9 – Pantherinthefastlane (Alfonso Lujan, Vann Haywood); and 10 – Zoomin to Win (John Hamilton, Heath Taylor). Pantherinthefastlane and Little Eye Opener are the only two entries that are stakes winners.
The race is restricted to older open bred fillies and mares going 350 yards. Last year’s winner, Zoobilee, finished first in 17.463 (97 speed index) with Jeff Jerman riding for trainer Michael Zingelmann.
Also on the May 12 program will be two trials for the Delta Downs Derby as 14 runners will compete to qualify for the finals, which will be held on Saturday, June 2. The $100,000-added race is restricted to Louisiana bred 3 year olds who will race at 400 yards.
Two horses to pay attention to are last year’s $458,000 Lee Berwick Memorial Futurity winner Little Bit Trashy and $60,000 Louisiana Juvenile winner Coors Selection, both of whom are trained by Janet VanBebber.
Four sets of trials were held for the Louisiana Laddie/Lassie and Old South Futurity/Derby last week at Delta Downs.
The 10 qualifiers for the $225,337.50 Laddie (Louisiana bred 2-year-old colts/geldings at 330 yards) including qualifying time, jockey and trainer were Perrys Runaway (16.498, Donald Watson, Kevin Broussard); Open Me a Corona (16.498, David Alvarez, Bobby Martinez); Downtown Corona (16.530, John Hamilton, Preston Jourdan); First Dashin Perry (16.670, David Alvarez, Bobby Martinez); Bigtime Beau (16.698, John Hamilton, Heath Taylor); Decamagic (16.716, Donald Watson, Kevin Broussard); Coltins Fash Dash (16.724, Eleazar Guillen, Steve Garrison); Champions Passage (16.738, Jeff Jerman, Randy Hebert); Jess Blue Boy Lena (16.756, Eddie Cox, Frank Cavazos); and Dashin Forward (16.757, Jarrod Deschamp, Alvin Smith Jr.).
The top 10 runners for the $252,317.50 Lassie (Louisiana bred 2-year-old fillies at 330 yards were Ms Jingles (16.710, Eddie Cox, Frank Cavazos); Streakin Ellen (16.802, John Hamilton, Heath Taylor); Adalidas Tree (16.802, David Alvarez, Bobby Martinez); Cougar Hill (16.814, Jerry Yoakum, Judy Beavin); Kalies Favorite Game (16.842, Jesse Chavis, Trey Ellis); Miss Taylor Swift (16.8854, Jeff Jerman, Michael Zingelmann); Bare Naked Martini (16.854, Gilbert Ortiz, Matias Lopez); Littlemisstunder (16.887, Donell Blake, Ray Robbins); Dashing First Down (16.923, Eddie Cox, David Barnes); and Lets Play Yacht Sea (16.928, Raul Ramirez Jr., Miguel Rodriguez).The finals of both the Laddie and Lassie will be held Saturday, May 26.
Ten qualifiers for the $81,002.50 Old South Futurity (open bred 2 year olds at 330 yards) were Chickie Kool (16.711, Alfonso Lujan, Jonathan Castaneda); Jet Black Legend (16.746, John Hamilton, Kenny Roberts); Shining Tellercartel (16.785, Danny Lavergne, Kenny Roberts); Ttt Kellys Walker (16.809, Orlando Baldillez, Alvin Smith Jr.); Jessacountryboy (16.820, Raul Ramirez Jr., Miguel Rodriguez); Dashin Waver (16.833, Jesse Chavis, Kenneth Weeks); Sheaintcrynrealtears (16.836, Bobby Ransom, Alvin Smith Jr.); Rdd Dashin Effort (16.837, Arturo Carrillo, Jonathan Castaneda); Sweet N Dashing (16.839, Danny Lavernge, Kenny Roberts); and Kodiak B (16.868, Rodrigo Vallejo, Judd Kearl).
The 10 qualifiers for the $52,550 Old South Derby (open bred 3 year olds at 400 yards) are Jess Fly With Me (19.448, Santos Carrizales, Eusevio Huitron); Un Coronita Porfavor (19.754, David Alvarez, Greg Lofland); Danielle and Daisies (19.795, Alfonso Lujan, Vann Haywood); Sizzlin Cartel (19.833, Gilbert Ortiz, Kenneth Weeks); Jls Crawfish Pie (19.934, Raul Ramirez Jr., Darrel Soileau); Runaway Russo (20.011, Jeff Jerman, Virgil Lejeune); Triple Vodka (20.046, J.R. Ramirez, Rodolfo Sanchez); Hot Tickin (20.091, David Alvarez, Jeff Acuna); Jetset N Lajolla (20.100, Bobby Ransom, Anireal Chavira); and Senorita Perry (20.115, Jesse Chavis, Trey Ellis).Both the Old South Futurity and Derby will be held May 25.
John Hamilton has a three-win lead in the jockey standings with nine wins in 42 starts. Rounding out the top five are Danny Lavergne with six, Eddie Cox and Jesse Chavis each with five and Donald Watson has four wins.
Kenny Roberts and Heath Taylor are tied among trainers with five wins as Roberts has started 32 horses compared to just 19 of Taylor’s. Frank Cavazos and Kevin Broussard have four wins and six other trainers each have two wins each.
Chad Cooper can be reached at (409) 832-1400, ext. 241, or by e-mail at cooper [at] theexaminer [dot] com.