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Tf Eyes R Struttin Gets First Stakes Victory in Mothers Day at Delta Downs


Jockey Raul Ramirez, Jr., fights to hold Tf Eyes R Struttin from lugging in while the filly wins the Mother's Day Stakes at Delta Downs Saturday night.

© Nicole Walker / Coady Photography

VINTON, LA—MAY 9, 2015—Ridden by jockey Raul Ramirez, Jr., Tf Eyes R Struttin rolled to a one-length victory over Cartel Arrangement Saturday night in the $38,200 Mother's Day Stakes at Delta Downs. Do Not Blink finished a nose behind in the show position.

Saddled by trainer Lanny Keith, Tf Eyes R Struttin drifted in from the outside position as she rallied to a :17.437 second clocking, a 93 speed index for the 350 yard Delta course. It was the second consecutive win this season for the 4-year-old owned by Louis Johnson, Jr. She entered the race off an allowance victory at Louisiana Downs on March 22. Prior to that she was second in the Party Girl Stakes and third in the Harrah's Dash Stakes in 2015.

The race took a while to become official as jockey David Alvarez, who finished fourth with the 4-5 favorite Scooter Prize, claimed foul against the winner. But after a lengthy review of the race video the stewards found that although Tf Eyes R Struttin drifted in during her trip which began from the outside in a field of seven, she did not impede the progress of Scooter Prize who broke from post position six.

Steve Tate bred the Struttin To Beduino 4-year-old in Louisiana from the Mr Eye Opener mare Eyes R Special. Tf Eyes R Struttin's record stands at (18) 6-3-4 and the $27,000 Mothers Day winner's purse boosted her career earnings total over $105,000.

The winning connections of Tf Eyes R Struttin accept the Mothers Day Stakes trophy on Saturday night at Delta Downs. © Nicole Walker / Coady Photography
Humberto Amaro's stakes winning Carters Cartel filly Cartel Arrangement earned $5,000 for her second place effort. Martin Rubalcava had the riding call for trainer Carlos Saldivar. Bred in Texas by Christine Hudson, Cartel Arrangement is from the Hawkinson mare Hawks Dancing Straw.

Also a Texas-bred, Do Not Blink races for owners Donna and Kenneth Weeks and is handled by Kenneth. Joe Kirk and Merle Fulton bred the Pyc Paint Your Wagon filly from the Special Effort mare A Watchful Eye. Ridden by John Hamilton, the brown miss earned $2,750 for finishing third.

Sent to the post at odds of 2-1, Tf Eyes R Struttin returned $6.20 to win, $4.20 to place and $2.60 to show. Cartel Arrangement was worth $8 to place and $5.80 to show. Do Not Blink paid $6.60 to for the show.

Completing the field were Scooter Prize, Shakeemdontbreakem, Forever Steph and Cajun Diva. Pf Rita was scratched.

Delta Downs will kick off its fourth week of live racing on Wednesday night with another 10-race program that begins at 6:15 pm CT. Next week’s action includes the $273,977 Louisiana Lassie Futurity (RG2) on Friday night as well as the $283,382 Louisiana Laddie Futurity (RG2) and $50,000 Delta 550 on Saturday night.

For more information about the current season visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com or on the Facebook page, ‘Delta Downs Racing’.

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.

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