Trio of stakes headline weekend of racing action at Delta Downs
Three quarter horse stakes races totaling more than $200,000 in purse money will be contested this Saturday, May 19, at Delta Downs with a first post time of 6:45 p.m.
The first stakes action will come in Race 4 as a full field of 10 will run in the $66,400 Alabama Futurity for 2-year-old Alabama breds going 330 yards. The full field, including post position, jockey and trainer, is as follows: 1 – Kisses for Papa (Orlando Baldillez, Ray Robbins); 2 – Sneaky Quick (Jesse Chavis, Trey Ellis); 3 – The Punkin (Jesse Yoakum, Bobby Nixon); 4 – Sl the Magic Won (Randy Edison, Danny Joe Eldridge); 5 – All American Halo (Alfonso Lujan, Danny Joe Eldridge); 6 – Wendels Halo (Jeff Jerman, Ray Robbins); 7 – Roll a Six (Raul Ramirez Jr., Darrel Soileau); 8 – Catch a Heart (John Hamilton, Doug Weeks); 9 – Alabama Eye Man (Donell Blake, Ray Robbins); and 10 – Ks Thunder Tiger (Lucas Constantin, C.L. “Buddy” Baker).
Trials were held for the Alabama Futurity on April 27, and qualifying with the fastest time was Alabama Eye Man in 17.160. Honky Tonk Bama won the race last year in 16.576 (102 speed index) with John Hamilton riding for trainer Arlene Laws. The time set a new stakes record.
Race 6 is the running of the $85,195 Louisiana Graduation for 3- and 4-year-old Louisiana bred horses going 350 yards. The full field is as follows: 1 – Dd Gold Digger (Eddie Cox, Phillip Calais Jr.); 2 – Sheza Dashin Ash (Jarrod Deschamp, Heath Taylor); 3 – Maxed Out Game (John Hamilton, Heath Taylor); 4 – Red Hot Patriot Jet (Jose Vega, Francisco Vega Jr.); 5 – Jls Game Boy (Raul Ramirez Jr., Darrel Soileau); 6 – Eyesa Fast Dash (Martin Rubalcava, Guadalupe Garza Jr.); 7 – Toast to Rose (Alfonso Lujan, Miguel Rodriguez); 8 – Lil Jess Oak (Orlando Baldillez, Kevin Broussard); 9 – Shezespeciallyfast (Donald Watson, Kevin Broussard); and 10 – Silver Express (Danny Lavernge, Kenny Roberts).
Trials were held on April 28 for the Louisiana Graduation, and qualifying with the fastest time was Jls Game Boy in 17.426. Jess Like Alabama won last year’s event in a new stakes record time of 17.340 (101 speed index) with Dale Beaty in the saddle for trainer John Johnson.
The $55,000 Delta 550 Championship will be Race 8 as a field of nine, which includes last year’s winner, will travel 550 yards. The stakes is restricted to older Louisiana bred horses.
The field is 1 – Leading Patriot (Alfonso Lujan, Danny Joe Eldridge); 2 – Louisiana Panther (John Hamilton, Kenny Roberts); 3 – Martini Mountain (Danny Lavergne, Paul Rigdon); 4 – Somekinda Beau (Gilbert Ortiz, Janet VanBebber); 5 – Louisiana Rangler (Bobby Ransom, Louis Lee); 6 – Dr Drip (Jerry Yoakum, Anthony Arey); 7 – Bounce Bye (Ray Mayo, Roy Roberts); 8 – Mr Perrys Blue (Lucas Constantin, Justin Dehart); and 9 – Blue Louisiana Lajolla (Randy Edison, Elroy Potts Sr.).
Blue Louisiana Lajolla won last year in a stakes record time of 26.738 (107 speed index).
Mother’s Day Stakes
under guidance from rider John Hamilton for trainer Heath Taylor and owners Kimberly and Herman Hogue. The time was also a new stakes record. The mare won for the fourth time in 10 races for a career bankroll of $59,006. The $2 win ticket returned $6.40.
Two trials were held for the restricted Grade 2, $128,405 Delta Downs Derby on May 12, and qualifying with the fastest time at 400 yards was Mossy Oak Tree in 19.634 (96 speed index) with Donald Watson under whip for trainer Kevin Broussard. The race is restricted to 3-year-old Louisiana breds, and the final will be held June 2.
New track record
A new 550-yard track record was set Saturday, May 12, when Truley Dashin Bye covered the distance in 26.481 (108 speed index) with Raul Ramirez Jr. riding for trainer Miguel Rodriguez. The previous record of 26.538 was set last season by Somekinda Beau.
John Hamilton continues to lead the jockey colony in wins with 16 in 72 mounts. Danny Lavergne and Eddie Cox are second with eight victories followed by Alfonso Lujan and Donald Watson, who each have seven.
Heath Taylor sits atop of the trainer standings with nine wins in 32 starts followed by Kevin Broussard (7), Kenny Roberts (5), Frank Cavazos (5) and Jeff Acuna (5).Zoomin to Win won the $29,350 Mother’s Day Stakes on Saturday, May 12, as the 4-year-old Oklahoma bred mare finished first in the 350-yard time of 17.233 (103 speed index)