First U Make Aroux Draws Off in the $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies

Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies
Louisiana Downs, 8-3-19, 6 furlongs
2YO Accredited Louisiana Bred Fillies, $50,000

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First U Make Aroux with jockey Edgar Prado aboard wins the 9th running of the Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies at Louisiana Downs. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

Due Date–Chef Bertie
Breeder: Lora Pitre
Owner: Cheryl Dendy and Dennis Dendy
Trainer: Justin Jeansonne
Jockey: Edgar S. Prado

Sarah’s Passion
Songandaprayer–My Holy Belle
Breeder: Perform Stables, Inc.
Owner: Perform Stables, Inc.
Trainer: Ricky Courville
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

Joe G’s Payback
Flashpoint–Scarlet Tribute
Breeder: Spanish Cross Stable, LLC
Owner: P. Dale Ladner and Scott Creel
Trainer: Brett A. Brinkman
Jockey: Gerard Melancon


A very competitive field of 12 accredited 2-year-old Louisiana-bred fillies put on a good show in the six-furlong $50,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile Fillies. 

First U Make Aroux ($8.60) was a debut winner for conditioner Justin Jeansonne. Owned by Cheryl and Dennis Dendy, the filly by Due Date scored on July 17 at Evangeline Downs. She made her stakes foray under Hall of Fame jockey Edgar Prado, who flew in this morning from Florida.

“I watched her race and talked to the trainer earlier today,” said Prado. “It looked like she was a nice filly, so I just tried to keep her clear.”

She responded well, taking the lead at the quarter-pole and drawing off to a 2 ¼ length lead in 1:12.40.

Sarah’s Passion, winner of the filly’s division of the $75,000 D.S. “Shine” Young Futurity on July 5 at Evangeline Downs, ran second for trainer Ricky Courville.  Joe G’s was next and Schiff’s Corner completed the superfecta.

Sent off as the second choice in the wagering, First U Make Aroux paid $8.80. The undefeated filly will likely make her next start at Delta Downs, according to Jeansomme.