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BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI
VINTON, LA—APRIL 19, 2017—Heza Louisiana Dash, a multiple stakes winning 5-year-old Heza Fast Dash gelding, is one of eight state-bred sprinters entered in Saturday’s 350-yard, $50,000 Open Me A Corona Stakes (R) at Delta Downs.
Trained by Kenneth Roberts Sr. for owner T M Ranch, Heza Louisiana Dash will be making his first start since December 10, when he ran second, a neck behind winner Jess Bein The Hero, in the 440-yar, $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes (RG2) at Fair Grounds. The gelding earned $129,526 from seven outs last season, and he won two state-bred stakes during the Evangeline Downs fall meet.
Heza Louisiana Dash drew post 3 and will be ridden by Gilbert Ortiz. The gelding’s seven opponents include Cute Mic Jagger, a one-time claimer who won the 350-yard, $25,000 Mr Jess Perry Stakes (R) at Louisiana Downs on February 25. Miguel Rodriguez trains the 4-year-old Oak Tree Special gelding for owners Benjamin Salazar Jr. and Jesus Talavera.
Raul Ramirez Jr. will ride Cute Mic Jagger from post 4.
The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments--
- Times A Tickin (Sergio H. Fuentes)
- Jes A Fast Dasher (Noe Castaneda)
- Heza Louisiana Dash (Gilbert Ortiz)
- Louisiana Legends (Alfonso Lujan)
- Zoominforgrady (J.R. Ramirez)
- Won CC (Everardo Rodriguez)
- Cute Mic Jagger (Raul Ramirez Jr.)
- Jethro Almitey (Santiago Mendez).