Taylor's Queen, a Louisiana-bred filly owned by Eugene Chisum of Beaumont, Texas, is the 4-5 morning-line favorite for Friday night's Jean Lafitte Futurity, the first major stakes of the season for 2-year-old Thoroughbreds. A field of 10 -- one colt, four geldings, and five fillies -- will square off in the four-furlong test at Delta Downs in Vinton, La.
Taylor's Queen, trained by Dale Angelle and to be ridden by Brian Hernandez, won a Futurity trial March 29 at Delta Downs by 3 1/4 lengths. Her time of :47.10 for four furlongs was easily the fastest of three trials run that evening.
A three-horse entry with Caroline Dodwell as the common owner is listed at 2-1 in the program. Onlynurimagination and Bara Lad, a pair of Texas-bred geldings, won their trials March 29. Running Gun, another Texas-bred gelding, finished second to Taylor's Queen. All three are trained by Ed Dodwell.
The field in the race, which has a gross purse of $102,375, is completed by Surfwatch, Candi's Red Dancer, Ding Dang Outlaw, Trick Or Trixie, Silent Ruckus, and Precille. Approximate post time for the Jean Lafitte is 9 p.m. (CDT).
Winners of or competitors in the Jean Lafitte in years past have gone on to win the WHAS-11 Stakes for 2-year-olds at Churchill Downs on Kentucky Derby Day. This year, the stakes will be called The Three Chimneys Juvenile Stakes in light of a sponsorship agreement with the Kentucky farm.