Press ReleaseJuly 5, 2014
Delta Downs hosted its richest open stakes race of the season on Friday night during a special Independence Day program. The $278,125 Firecracker Futurity (G2) was won by Hezadashinbye with jockey Tami Purcell in the saddle.
Hezadashinbye broke well before dueling with Cosmo Traffic throughout the 350-yard affair. The pair hit the finish line together, but it was Hezadashinbye who got the decision by just a head. Quic Carter, the fastest qualifier for the race, finished another half-length behind in third position. Hezadashinbye covered the distance over a fast track in :17.373, which equaled a speed index of 94.
The victory by Purcell marked the second stakes tally of the season at Delta Downs for American Quarter Horse racing’s all-time winningest female rider. Purcell also won the Mother’s Day Stakes aboard Louisana Corona on May 10 and the Juno’s Request Stakes (G2) with the same horse on May 31 at Remington Park. Purcell, who has won both the All American Futurity (G1) and Champion of Champions (G1), recently returned to the saddle to ride a limited schedule after retiring in 2006.
Hezadashinbye, owned by Narciso Flores, has now won two of three lifetime starts and has earned a total of $142,362. Friday’s score was worth $139,062.
Hezadashinbye is a brown colt by Tempting Dash out of the Dashin Bye mare Goinbye. He was bred in Texas by his owner.
Sent to the gate at odds of 16-1, Hezadashinbye paid $34.80 to win, $9.20 to place and $5 to show. Cosmo Traffic was worth $11.60 to place and $8.20 to show. Quic Carter paid $3.20 to show.
Delta Downs wraps up its next-to-last week of American Quarter Horse racing for 2014 on Saturday night with a 10-race program that begins at 6:15 p.m. CT. Saturday’s featured race is the $138,000 Firecracker Derby going 400 yards.
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