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Press ReleaseMay 24, 2014
Overlooked on the toteboard at odds of 11-1, Hubert Vestal’s filly Embrujo Star rallied under jockey Jose Vega for a sharp victory in Friday night’s $286,280 Louisiana Breeders’ Lassie Futurity (RG2) at Delta Downs.
Embrujo Star began her 330-yard journey from the outside post position in a field of 10. A few strides out of the gate she appeared to have a tough task in front of her as she was in eighth position before she took off in mid-stretch. At the wire she was moving best and had overhauled the early leader Dynastys Jumpin by a head at the finish line. Jetta Loves To Dash wound up another half-length behind the top pair in third.
Embrujo Star covered the distance over a fast track in :16.842. The clocking was good for a speed index of 86.
Trey Ellis trains Embrujo Star, who gave the young horsemen his second stakes win in less than a week. He also saddled Jess A Rogue before last Saturday night’s $83,615 Old South Futurity at Delta Downs.
The win my Embujo Star was her second of the season as she also won her qualifying heat for the Lassie on May 2. Overall, she has won two of three starts in her career and her bankroll now stands at $154,360. She earned $143,140 for her first stakes tally.
Embrujo Star is a filly by Embrujo Fg, out of the Toast to Dash mare Allas Toast. She was bred in Louisiana by Gabrial L. Lewis. The sorrel runner was purchased by her owner for $5,000 at the LQHBA’s fall mixed sale in 2013 as a yearling.
Fans who backed Embrujo Star at the wagering windows were handsomely rewarded as she paid $25.60 to win, $8.40 to place and $6.20 to show. Dynastys Jumpin was worth $4.80 to place and $4 to show. Jetta Loves to Dash paid $12 to show.
Delta Downs will wrap up its fifth week of American Quarter Horse racing on Saturday night with a 10-race program that starts at 6:15 pm CT. Tomorrow’s featured races are the $265,285 Louisiana Breeders’ Laddie Futurity (RG2) and the $50,000 Vinton Stakes (RG3).
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