Today's Headlines April  27, 2015

Shades Of Buck Qualifies Fastest Time In $283,382 LQHBA Laddie Futurity Trials

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VINTON, LA—APRIL 25, 2015—Delta Downs hosted 14 trials for this year’s $283,382 Louisiana Laddie Futurity (RG2) on Saturday night. The fastest time of the evening was posted by Juan A. Medina’s Shades Of Buck, who traveled 330 yards over a fast track in :16.799 seconds while winning the fifth heat of the night.

After suffering some bad racing luck at Louisiana Downs during the first two starts of his career, Shades Of Buck enjoyed a clean trip in his Delta Downs debut under jockey Randy Edison. The Miguel Rodriguez trainee came away from the gate smartly before dueling for the lead with Ttt Kas Baby Said So and eventually driving a length clear of his rival at the finish line.

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Track Announcer Don Stevens

The 2015 Delta Downs Quarter Horse meet kicks off on April 22. It will be filled with highly competitive 2-year-old races and major stakes for older horses. But one of the tremendous attractions of the Delta Downs racing season is the talented man behind the microphone, track announcer Don Stevens.

His career path has been a whirlwind adventure dating from his childhood when he thought art would be his destiny. After graduating high school in 1981, Stevens attended the Art Instruction School in Minneapolis, Minn., and earned a diploma in commercial art.

“I was very creative as a kid,

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