Jess A Saint Returns to Action Saturday at Louisiana Downs

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January 15th, 2016

Julio Rios' Jess A Saint takes a big class drop for his 2016 debut in Saturday’s $25,000 Billy Montgomery Stakes at Louisiana Downs. The gelded son of Jess Louisiana Blue finished last year in style, winning the $1,000,000 LQHBA Breeders Futurity at Evangeline Downs.

Trained by Miguel Rodriguez, Jess A Saint will be ridden by Raul Ramirez, Jr in the 350-yard stakes, which will run as race six on the Saturday card. He has won three of his seven career starts, picking up a healthy check of $445,000 in winning the seven-figure futurity on November 29.  Ramirez is one of 16 jockeys in contention for 2015 AQHA Racing Champions, which will be announced on Wednesday, January 20

Other runners of note include Jet Black Zoomer, a son of Jet Black Patriot trained by Kelli Smith. Rider Antonio Alberto who guided him to his upset in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile Stakes (RG2) at Fair Grounds on December 12, will have the return call. Trainer Kenny Roberts will saddle Heisa Hot Ticket and will give a leg up to Donald Watson. Both are tied for the lead in the trainer and jockey standings, respectively, following the first week of live racing at Louisiana Downs.

Post time is 1:00 p.m. (Central) Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. The 2016 Quarter Horse meet at Louisiana Downs continues through March 23.


LQHBA Breeders Futurity winner Jess A Saint will run Saturday at Louisiana Downs