Q-Racing Journal, January 11, 2013 – The long and the short of American Quarter Horse racing highlights opening day of the Louisiana Downs season with the $15,000 Marathon Stakes over 870 yards and the $15,000 Harrah’s Dash at 250 yards topping Saturday’s program.
Kellie Hebert’s Mr Fallen Angel (Oak Tree Special-Angels Quick Dash by Royal Quick Dash) tries for his second-straight stakes win in the Marathon after taking the 870-yard Au Revoir Stakes by 2 1/4 lengths while leading for the entire race. The 4-year-old gelding from the Randy Hebert barn moved up from the claiming ranks to take the Au Revoir Stakes. Previously, he raced to two wins and a pair of second-place efforts in four starts from the $5,000 to $10,000 claiming level.
Mr Fallen Angel has found his distance at 870 yards with two wins and two second in four starts, his four most recent efforts.
The Henry Padgett-owned and -trained Slinkys Fortune (Dashs Slinky-Chasing A Fortune by Six Fortunes) is always dangerous in 870-yard races on the Louisiana circuit. He has five wins, three seconds and a third from 10 starts at Louisiana Downs.
Slinkys Fortune, an earner of $282,733, has made each of his 31 career starts at 870 yards, with 11 wins, 12 seconds and five thirds.
The 9-year-old gelding is in top form and comes off a third-place run in the Au Revoir Stakes when he was forced to make a seven-wide move and was defeated by 3 lengths.
In the Harrah’s Dash, James Mitchell’s Martini Mountain (Panther Mountain-Glitz Gator by Streakin La Jolla) makes his first start at 250 yards after winning the $100,000 Louisiana Day Classic (RG2) over 440 yards by a neck. He opened a lead in the Classic before winning at 47-1 odds.
While much of his success has come at longer distances, Martini Mountain was beaten by only a nose in his latest start at 350 yards, a $17,500 optional-claiming race, and won his most recent start at 330 yards, an $18,000 allowance race.
Guadalupe Chavira’s Rumbulling Knight (Midnight Knight-Rumbulling Jazz by Jazzing Hi) excels at shorter distances and adores Louisiana Downs. The Anireal Chavira-trained gelding has two wins and two thirds from four starts at 250 yards and is three-for-three at Louisiana Downs. He won his maiden over 300 yards at Louisiana Downs a year ago and then came back to take his next two races, each at 250 yards.
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