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Gemma Seeks First Stakes Win in Delta’s Alabama Futurity


Paris Wixon’s Gemma posted the fastest qualifying time for the $61,625 Alabama Futurity (R) at Delta Downs during the June 5 trials.

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BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI

VINTON, LA—JUNE 25, 2015—Paris Wixon’s Gemma, a homebred daughter of Teller Cartel, will be seeking her first stakes victory in Friday’s 330-yard, $61,625 Alabama Futurity (R) at Delta Downs.

Gemma broke her maiden with a head victory in the first of two trials on June 5, a race in which the filly set the fastest Alabama Futurity qualifying time. Gilbert Ortiz will ride Gemma from post 6 for trainer Edwin Ladner in Friday’s final.

Other contenders include Quick Lady Patriot, a homebred filly by Quick To Flare Up who brings a two-race win streak into the Alabama Futurity for owner Karl H. Smith. Quick Lady Patriot drew the rail post and will be ridden by Donell Blake for trainer Trey Ellis.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments--

  1. Quick Lady Patriot (Donell Blake)
  2. Corona With A Splash (Rene Gutierrez)
  3. Bigtime Fame (Patrick Watson)
  4. Stol Leigh (John Hamilton)
  5. Pilotos Dream (Antonio Alberto)
  6. Gemma (Gilbert Ortiz)
  7. Quick For Us (Danny Lavergne)
  8. JR Bigtime Shine (Orlando Baldillez)
  9. The Alabama Cartel (Alfonso Lujan)
  10. Winnin Gold Easy (Donald Watson).

All Retama Park races can be seen at Q-RacingVideo.com.


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