JESS POLITICAL WINS THE BILLY MONTGOMERY STAKES
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2018
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JESS POLITICAL WINS THE $30,000 BILLY MONTGOMERY STAKES
FAMILIAR TRAINER-JOCKEY COMBO OF KENNETH ROBERTS, SR. AND DONALD WATSON PICK UP ANOTHER STAKES WIN AT EVANGELINE DOWNS
OPELOUSAS, LA – The start was the story of the $30,000 Billy Montgomery Stakes on Saturday night at Evangeline Downs. Jockey Donald Watson got 6-1 shot, Jess Political, off to the best break in the field and she carried that all the way to a victory by a neck. She covered the 330-yards in 16.489 seconds over the fast track, which equals a speed index of 103.
Jess Political was a gate-to-wire winner and had a clean trip. The same cannot be said for the 4-5 wagering favorite, Eying Louisiana Game. She broke from the rail post position and was bothered significantly at the start. Jockey John Hamilton rallied the filly nicely after the early problem and she got up for third. Shez Dead Serious, a 12-1 longshot, closed very strongly after a sluggish start and finished second.
The victory is the fourth in nine lifetime starts for Jess Political and the $18,000 first-place purse increases her lifetime earnings to $89,461.
Jess Politcal returned $15.60 to win, $5.20 to place and $4 to show. Shez Dead Serious paid $9.20 to place and $5.60 to show. Eying Louisiana Game paid $2.80 to show.
Jess Political was bred in Louisiana by J.E. Jumonville, Jr. The 3-year-old filly is owned by Aymond Bates, LLC. and trained by Kenneth Roberts, Sr. Jess Political is by Jess Louisiana Blue and is out of the Jet Black Patriot mare, Apolitical Jet.
Live racing at Evangeline Downs will resume on Wednesday night with a nine-race program. Post time on Wednesday will be 5:35 pm Central Time.
For more information on the American Quarter Horse season at Evangeline Downs, visit the track’s website at www.evdracing.com. Evangeline Downs’ Twitter handle is @EVDRacing and the racetrack is also accessible on Facebook at www.facebook.com/EvangelineDownsRacing.
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