News - Racing December  17, 2017

Ww Showtime Surprises With Big Win In Delta 550 Stakes


Ww Showtime splashes home, under jockey Raul Ramirez, in the Delta 550 Stakes Saturday night at Delta Downs.

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VINTON, LA—MAY 21, 2016—Ww Showtime (11-1), under jockey Raul Ramirez, Jr., took the lead early before grinding out a 1˝ length victory over Strong Guns in the $40,000 Delta 550 Stakes Saturday night at Delta Downs. Sc Divas First Down finished three-quarters back in the show position.

Saddled by trainer Homar Garza, Ww Showtime completed the 550 yards in :26.895 seconds over a rainy fast track to earn a 98 speed index. There was an 8 mph tailwind. It was the fourth win in 10 starts for the sorrel.

"First time for him at 550! We had run him at 400 and 440 and sometimes he made mistakes, but was closing at the end," Garza said. "We put a flipping rig on him and that worked out well."

The 4-year-old son of stakes sire First Prize Perry got his first career stakes win for owner Jaime Flores. Darrell Williams bred the colt in Louisiana from the Strawfly Special mare Ww Family Tradition. The $24,000 Delta 550 winners' purse doubled the Ww Showtime's earnings to nearly $52,000.

Strong Guns earned $8,000 for owner Lester Colomb, Jr. and trainer Kenneth Weeks. David Alvarez was aboard the Strong Hope gelding out of Gunslinger Girl, by First Down Jewel. V W Racing bred the graded stakes-placed earner of $84,505 in Louisiana.

The winning connections of Ww Showtime accepting the Delta 550 Stakes trophy Saturday night at Delta Downs.
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Royally bred Sc Divas First Down earned his black-type for owner Margarita Campos. Eric Palacio trains the 4-year-old son of all-time leading sire First Down Dash out of the four-time champion mare Spit Curl Diva, by Spit Curl Jess. Ridden by J.R. Ramirez, he earned $2,750.

Ww Showtime rewarded backers with a $22.20 win payoff, $12.40 to place and $8.60 to show. Strong Guns paid $7.20 and $5.00 and Sc Divas First Down returned $11.60 to show. The 50 cent trifecta paid $210.15.

Completing the field Ld Streakin N Leavin, Secrets Fly, Sir Prize, Iknow Heknows Iknow, Kool Dashing, Mr Worldwide and Call Me Cajun completed the field.

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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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