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Delta Dash, Old South Derby Trials Headline Delta Downs’ Opening-Night Program


Multiple stakes winner Scoopies Leaving You will face a full field in Friday's $20,000 Delta Dash Stakes at Delta Downs.

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BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI

VINTON, LA—APRIL 17, 2017—Delta Downs will open its 46-night American Quarter Horse meet with a 10-race program on Friday. Post time for the first race is set for 6:15 p.m. (EDT).

Friday’s 250-yard, $20,000 Delta Dash Stakes has drawn a full field of 10 sprinters, topped by Joel Galindo’s Scoopies Leaving You. A 6-year-old Coronas Leaving You stallion trained by Kevin Broussard, Scoopies Leaving You will be shortening in distance off of his second-place finish, a neck behind winner Cute Mic Jagger, in the 350-yard, $25,000 Mr Jess Perry Stakes (R) for state-breds at Louisiana Downs on February 25.

Scoopies Leaving You drew post 9 and will be ridden by Donald Watson. The stallion’s nine opponents include Rbd Jessaswingin, a 5-year-old Swingin Jess mare trained by Yoani Abreu for owner Jaime Gutierrez. Rbd Jessaswingin won both of her outs during the Louisiana Downs winter meet, including the 350-yard, $25,000 Party Girl Stakes (R) for state-bred distaffers on January 28.

Rbd Jessaswingin drew post 3 and will be ridden by Alfonso Lujan.

The complete lineup for the Delta Dash Stakes, in post position order including jockey assignments:

  1. First Fancy Prize (John Hamilton)
  2. Royal Aztec (Floriberto Maldonado)
  3. Rbd Jessaswingin (Alfonso Lujan)
  4. Voncitas Game (Gilbert Ortiz)
  5. Gt Divalicious (David Alvarez)
  6. One Dimple (Everardo Rodriguez)
  7. Mps Shake Em N Style (Alejandro Medina)
  8. Mariachy King (Noe Castaneda)
  9. Scoopies Leaving You (Donald Watson)
  10. Dash Dont Cheat (Francisco Calderon).

Also on Friday, a total of 36 3-year-olds has been entered in four 350-yard Old South Derby trials.

Teardrops At The Bar, a homebred son of champion Separatist racing for James Hrabovsky and Leann Nalls from the barn of reigning AQHA champion trainer Judd Kearl, drew post 6 and will be ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo in the third heat. The graded stakes-placed gelding has earned $27,108 from five starts, and he was a finalist in the 350-yard, $251,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) at Remington Park on March 25.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the May 12, $25,000-added Old South Derby final.

All Delta Downs races can be seen at Q-RacingVideo.com.


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