News - Racing October  20, 2017

Heza Louisiana Dash Dominates In The Open Me A Corona Stakes At Delta Downs


Jockey Gilbert Ortiz pilots Heza Louisiana Dash to victory in the Open Me A Corona stakes at Delta Downs.

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VINTON, LA—APRIL 22, 2017—Delta Downs closed out opening weekend for its 2017 American Quarter Horse season on Saturday with an 11-race program that featured the $50,000 Open Me A Corona Stakes and six trials for this year’s $81,430 Old South Futurity (see related story).

T M Ranch's Heza Louisiana Dash under jockey Gilbert Ortiz took the Open Me A Corona. The Kenneth L. Roberts, Sr. trainee broke sharp in the 350-yard dash and lead every step of the way, winning by ¾’s of a length over Cute Mic Jagger. Jes a Fast Dasher finished another neck behind the runner-up in third.

Heza Louisiana Dash covered the distance over a fast track in 17.386 seconds, which equaled a speed index of 97.

The winning connections of Heza Louisiana Dash accepts the One Me A Corona stakes trophy at Delta Downs Saturday night. © Coady Photography
The win by Heza Louisiana Dash marked the 10th of his 21-race career. Ironically, several of his losses were to Open Me A Corona in 2016. Heza Louisiana Dash earned $30,000 for his exploits on Saturday night, which raised his career bankroll to $381,641.

Heza Louisiana Dash is a 5-year-old gelding by Heza Fast Dash, out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Eyejesslovelouisiana. He was bred in the Bayou State by Jumonville Farms / Burnett Ranch.

Sent to the gate as the 3-5 favorite in a field of eight, Heza Louisiana Dash paid $3.20 to win, $2.40 to place and $2.20 to show. Cute Mic Jagger was worth $2.40 to place and $2.40 to show. Jes A Fast Dash returned $4.20 to show.

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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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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