|Louisiana Senator Looms Tough in Grade 1, $100,000 Refrigerator Handicap Saturday Night at Lone Star Park
(Grand Prairie, Texas - Wednesday, September 28, 2011) - Louisiana Senator, owned by Terry Wootan and Joe Yates, and trained by Heath Reed, takes on five rivals in the 15th running of the Grade 1, $100,000 Refrigerator Handicap, for three-year-olds and up at 440 yards, at Lone Star Park Saturday night.
A Bay son of Jess Louisiana Blue, out of the Corona Cartel mare Corona Perfection, Louisiana Senator has won six of 17 starts for $377,908 in earnings. Regular rider G. R. Carter, Jr. has the assignment.
“We’ve tuned him up and he’s in high gear,” said trainer Heath Reed. “We’re looking for a superb effort and to qualify for the Champion of Champions.”
The Refrigerator Handicap is the most prestigious race for older horses at Lone Star Park and a qualifier for the Grade 1, $750,000 Champion of Champions at Los Alamitos Saturday, December 10, 2011 in Los Alamitos, California.
The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Jess Navigating (Julian Cantu, 7-2); Six Toast (Augustin Silva, 8-1); Nocona Mafia (Larry Payne, 12-1); Mr Vikenson (Saul Ramirez, Jr., 15-1); Louisiana Senator (G.R. Carter, Jr., 4-5) and Mr Truly Uno (Alex Baldillez, Jr., 5-1).
The Refrigerator Handicap is race five on the nine-race program and is scheduled for 8:11 p.m.
Merial Distaff Challenge Highlights Undercard Saturday
Bertha Venation, owned by Jose Salazar and trained by Jonathan Castaneda, has been installed as a lukewarm 3-1 morning-line favorite by track oddsmaker Rick Lee in the second running of the $42,750 Merial Distaff Challenge, for fillies and mares, three-year-olds and up, to be run at 400 yards, at Lone Star Park Saturday night.
A bay daughter of Corona Caliente, out of the Texigo star mare Dash to Glory, Bertha Venation has won five of 12 starts for $104, 812. Bertha Venation finished second in the Grade 2, Dash For Cash Derby at Lone Star Park in 2010. Regular rider Julian Cantu has the call.
The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Party in Power (Modesto Pina, 15-1); Ebw Obsession (Ricky Ramirez, 6-1); Awe Contraire (Santos Carrizales, 12-1); Lil Lady Warrior (Luis Ramirez, 50-1); Feature Miss Utah (David Pinon, 30-1); Bertha Venation (Julian Cantu, 3-1); Jakes Charming Jody (David Alvarez, 7-2); Zoomin On By (Rodrigo Vallejo, 20-1); Features Lucky Charm (Alex Baldillez, Jr., 4-1); Sensational Dash (Luis Vivanco, 30-1) and Full Moon Dasher (Joe Martinez, 9-2).
The Merial Distaff Challenge is Race eight on the nine-race program and is scheduled for 9:23 p.m.
Kudos For Quick Dash Morning Line Favorite in Red Cell Distance Challenge Friday Night
Andrea Lematta’s Kudos For Quick Dash, trained by George Coyle, has been installed as the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the second running of the $30,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge, for three-year-olds and up at 870 yards, at Lone Star Park Friday night.
The gray son of Royal Quick Dash, out of the Duck Dance mare Kudos for Sweets, is favorably drawn in post-position one and seeks his fifth victory in his last seven starts.
The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Kudos For Quick Dash (David Alvarez, 8-5); Kite Flyer (Santos Carrizales, 3-1); Dashers Midnight (Russel Hadley, 8-1); Feature Showtime (Ricky Ramirez, 12-1); Come In Houston (Cody Wainscott, 20-1) and Bonified Man (David Pinon, 2-1).
The Red Cell Distance Challenge is Race four on the nine-race program and is scheduled for 7:47 p.m.