News - Racing October  22, 2017

Delta Downs Features Louisiana Showcase Night on Season Closer


Open Me A Corona, under jockey David Alvarez, defeats Heza Louisiana Dash in the $100,000 Louisiana Classic (RG2) Saturday at Delta Downs.

© Coady Photography

VINTON, LA—JULY 9, 2016— Delta Downs closed out its 2016 American Quarter Horse season on Saturday night with a 10-race program called Louisiana Showcase Night.

The program featured eight stakes races for Louisiana-bred horses including the richest Quarter Horse race in track’s 43-year history, the $690,295 Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1) (see related story) and the $244,430 Delta Downs Derby (RG2) (see related story).

Louisiana Classic (RG2)

This year’s $100,000 Louisiana Classic(RG2) was taken by multiple graded stakes winner Open Me A Corona, who went over the $800,000 mark in career earnings with the score.

The winning connections of Open Me A Corona accept the Louisiana Classic stakes trophy. © Coady Photography
David Alvarez, who got a leg up from trainer Bobby Martinez, rode the son of Coronas Leaving You to victory. Charles Forbes, Jr. and Tommy Hays own the 6-year-old horse out of In The Open, by Mr Eye Opener. Natalie Montgomery, DVM is the breeder.

T M Ranch's Heza Louisiana Dash, by Heza Fast Dash, picked up $20,00 for finishing second. Kenneth Roberts, Sr. trains with Gilbert Ortiz getting the riding call. Jumonville Farms and Burnett Ranches LLC is the breeder.

Icanonlyemagine, a 4-year-old Swingin Jess gelding out of Real Or Imagined, by Dash For Cash, was third. Also trained by Roberts, the sorrel gelding races for owner Bobby Cox. The Daniel Trahan bred gelding was ridden by Donald Watson.

Flying Breed Stakes

Jockey Donald Watson rode Scoopies Leaving You to victory in the $50,000 Flying Breed Stakes. Joel Galindo owns the 5-year-old horse by Coronas Leaving You from the Toast To Dash mare Ms Scoopies Toast.

Scoopes Leaving You (inside), under jockey Donald Watson, winning the Flying Breed Stakes. © Coady Photography
Conditioned by Kevin Broussard, Scoopies Leaving You added $30,000 to his earnings total of more than $268,000. Gerald Libersat is the breeder.

Donna and Kenneth Weeks Bjs Magic Wings picked up $10,000 for second. J. Ramirez was aboard the Dragon Wings gelding out of Magic Sine, by First To Shine for trainer Kenneth Weeks. Bessie Lea Jeane is the breeder.

Michael Taylor saddled Oak Tree Opener to third for owner Ascencion Cepeda. Joe Badilla, Jr. was up on the Oak Tree Special 5-year-old out of Eyes Of Lela, by Mr Eye Opener. Ray Moore is the breeder.

Live Oak Stakes

B And G Fast Dash won the only distance race of the night as he took the $50,000 Live Oak Stakes at 870 yards under jockey Donald Watson.

One Hot Flame, under jockey Manuel Gutierrez, winning the Louisiana Juvenile. © Coady Photography
Oscar Rohne owns the Kenneth L. Roberts, Sr. trainee by leading sire Heza Fast Dash. Bred by B & G Group Investments, Inc., the 4-year-old earned $30,000 for the effort.

Game Own finished second for owner Yaima Grillo and trainer Yoani Abreu. J.R. Ramirez rode the Game Patriot 5-year-old out of My Own Fortune, by Six Fortunes. Bred by Kenneth Fletcher, he picked up $10,000 for the effort.

JLS Speed Horse Ranch, Inc.'s homebred Jls Book Of Psalms finished third under jockey Lucas Constantin. Lanny Keith trains the First Prize Perry 5-year-old out of Psalmist, by Osceola Warrior.

Louisiana Juvenile One Hot Flame was victorious in the $50,000 Louisiana Juvenile, which serves as a consolation race for the Lee Berwick Futurity. One Hot Flame is owned by Double H Racing Investment, LLC and is trained by Adrian Huitron.

One Hot Flame, under jockey Manuel Gutierrez, winning the Louisiana Juvenile. © Coady Photography
Manuel Gutierrez rode the son of Fast Prize Dash out of the Finance The Cat (TB) mare Rump Shakin. Bred by Margie Loup, One Hot Flame earned $30,000.

Martin Trejo saddled Zooboo to second place for owner Rosalio Espinosa. Zingelman and Crenwelge bred the Coronas Leaving You gelding from the Dashin Bye mare Zoobilee. J.R. Ramirez was up to earn $10,000.

Okey Dokey Bob, an Okey Dokey Fantasy gelding owned by Abraham Huitron and trained by Adrian Huitron finished third. Lynnette Douget bred the 2-year-old from the Fishers Dash mare Fishers Prissy Lady. He picked up $5,500 for the effort.

Flashy Hemp Stakes

Oak Hill Streak proved much the best in the $50,000 Flashy Hemp Stakes for older fillies and mares. Gilbert Ortiz guided the John Stinebaugh trainee to victory for owner Vanessa Bartoo, who won the Lee Berwick Futurity(RG1) later on Saturday's race card.

Gilbert Ortiz rides Oak Hill Streak to victory in the Flashy Hemp Stakes. © Coady Photography
It was the sixth win for the Heza Fast Dash filly that used the $30,000 winner's purse to boost her earnings total past $116,000. Arnold Trahan bred Oak Hill Streak from the Streakin La Jolla mare Streakin Amber.

Martin Trejo's owned-and-trained Scooter Prize earned $10,000 for finished second. David Alvarez rode the First Prize Perry mare out of Royal Baby Scooter, by A Royale High. John Leger is the breeder.

First Kiss Jitter, another 4-year-old daughter of Heza Fast Dash, finished third for owner/trainer Bobby Martinez. Damian Martinez rode the sorrel filly from the Easy Dozen mare Nancys Easy. McM Farm, LLC is the breeder. She earned $5,500.

Louisiana Starter Stakes

And finally it was Happie Happie Happie who won the $40,000 Louisiana Starter Stakes with David Alvarez in the saddle. Happie Happie Happie is trained by Juan Carrillo, Jr. and is owned by Yiret Duran.

Happie Happie Happie (#2) wins the $40,000 Louisiana Starter Stakes with David Alvarez up. © Coady Photography
Chad Hart bred the Jumpn 4-year-old from the Royal Shake Em mare Goddess Athena. He earned $24,000 to bring his lifetime total to $91,532.

Trainer Orlando Orozco saddled Royal Aztec to second place for owner/breeder Luis Castellanos. Alfonso Lujan rode the Zoomin for Bux gelding out of Eyes Wacky, by A Royal Symphony. He earned $8,000 for the effort.

Juan Garrillo's owns-and-trains third place finisher Tf Hez Jess Rowdy. Antonio Alberto was aboard the Tate Farms' bred 4-year-old son of Mighty Corona out of Tf Ms Special Perry, by Special Leader. Tf Hez Jess Rowdy picked up $4,400.

Delta Downs is now dark until its 2016-17 Thoroughbred season gets underway on Wednesday, October 19.

For more information about the upcoming season visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com or on the Facebook page, ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.

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