Q-Racing JournalMay 14, 2014
A pair Isidro Flores-trained runners – Evangeline Downs Futurity winner Separatist Firstdown racing in the $62,810 Old South Derby and top-qualifier On The Wagon heading the $83,615 Old South Futurity – are prime contenders during the Old South weekend at Delta Downs.
The 400-yard Old South Derby is set for Friday with the 330-yard Old South Futurity headlining the Saturday night card.
Oscar Canales Ramirez and Flores’ Separatist Firstdown (Separatist-Shesa Firstdown Jess by First Down Dash) has the past class and will be trying to rebound from a close second-place finish behind fastest-qualifier The Eagle Express (One Famous Eagle-Rustys Quickid by Royal Quick Dash) in their trial. The Eagle Express was timed in :19.637 while Separatist Firstdown stopped the timer in :19.675.
Separatist Firstdown dominated the $200,550 Evangeline Downs Futurity by 1 1/2 lengths last fall and came back this spring at Remington Park to finish second as the 5-2 favorite in the $200,000 Oklahoma Derby.
In addition to the Evangeline Downs Futurity win, Separatist Firstdown won the $133,715 Gillespie County Futurity (G3) and the $191,560 Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3) and was fourth in the Dash For Cash Futurity (G1).
Mary Thompson’s The Eagle Express makes his stakes debut after the mild upset win over Separatist Firstdown in their trial. He won his maiden in his ninth start and then was second in a pair of conditioned allowance races before defeating Separatist Firstdown by a neck in their trial.
The Flores-owned On The Wagon (PYC Paint Your Wagon-XO Kate by Stoli) makes his fourth career start in the Old South Futurity after scoring his maiden victory in the second of seven trials. The colt was off the board in his first two starts, each at Louisiana Downs, and then came through with the one-half length trial win with the quickest time of :16.696.
Trainer Trey Ellis has the second- and third-fastest qualifiers: Jess A Rogue and Wild On Da Whiskey.
Triple M Farms’ homebred Jess A Rogue (Heza Fast Dash-Miss Jess Rogue by Mr Jess Perry) impressed when he made his career debut in the trials and scored a three-quarter length win. The filly was timed in :16.731, the second-fastest mark.
Arnold Trahan’s Wild On Da Whiskey (Game Patriot-Streakin Amber by Streakin La Jolla) took a big jump forward when he made his second start in the trials. After a fifth-place run in his first out, he dominated his trial by 2 lengths with the third-fastest time of :16.744.
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