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Oldsmobile Hill Surprises In Develop A Plan Stakes at Delta


Jockey Gerardo Garrido rides Oldsmobile Hill to another stakes win in Saturday's $45,000 Develop A Plan Stakes at Delta Downs.

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VINTON, LA—MAY 30, 2015—Masking his first start since February 15, Oldsmobile Hill (15-1) surprised with a nose win over The Eagle Express in the $45,000 Develop A Plan Stakes Saturday night at Delta Downs. Post-time favorite Cartels Fortune finished another nose back in third.

Under a solid rally by jockey Gerardo Garrido, Oldsmobile Hill was just up the wire while clocking the 350 yards in :17.439 seconds to earn a 93 speed index. It was the third in four starts this season for the Separatist 4-year-old owned by M and G Farms, Inc. and trained by Jesus Garrido.

Winner of $282,250 Valley Junction Futurity as a two-year-old, Oldsmobile Hill made only one start at 3. The California-bred was laid off for more than year, then returned to Hialeah Park where he won two allowance races and was fourth in the Roble Rojo Stakes.

Oldsmobile Hill rewarded backers with at $30.40 to win, $9.20 to place and $5.20 to show.

The winning connections of Oldsmobile Hill accept the Develop A Plan Stakes trophy Saturday night at Delta Downs. © Coady Photography
Steve Burns, DVM bred Oldsmobile Hill from the Hawkinson mare Tahma Hawk. His record stands at (13) 6-0-1 and the $15,000 Develop A Plan stakes winners payoff boosted his lifetime total to over $202,000.

Larry Kopycinski saddled The Eagle Express for owner Mary Lynne Thompson. A 4-year-old son of leading sire One Famous Eagle, from the Royal Quick Dash mare Rustys Quickid, the gray gelding earned $5,000 for the effort. Alfonso Lujan rode the Clyde WIlmott graded stakes-placed earner of $75,890. He is a Texas-bred.

Looking for her sixth straight win, Cartels Fortune was denied and had to settle for the $2,750 show payday. Coming off back-to-back stakes wins that included the Sam Houston Distaff Challenge on May 2, the Carters Cartel 4-year-old is trained by Kenneth Roberts, Sr. and was ridden by Patrick Watson. Rodney Verret owns the brown filly out of Jewels Fortune, by First Down Jewel. Jerry West bred the earner of $122,500.

Heza Fast Rogue, Sleepers Best Corona, The Lizzard King and Bradys March Madness completed the field.

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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