Press ReleaseMay 16, 2014
After finishing second in his qualifying trial for Saturday night’s $62,810 Old South Derby at Delta Downs, Oscar Canales Ramirez and Isidro Flores’ Separatist Firstdown put it all together in the final and won by three-quarters of a length under jockey Martin Rubalcava.
After a clean break from the outside post position in a field of nine, Separatist Firstdown took the lead but started to drift inward, as he also did in his trial heat. Luckily for him, the four horses to his inside bumped together at the start and had a much slower break, leaving the center part of the racetrack free of traffic. At the finish line, Separatist Firstdown reported home in front of JP In Hot Pursuit, who finished second while Cash for Strikes wound up a length behind the top pair in third.
The running time for Separatist Firstdown in the 400-yard showdown over a fast track was :19.771, which translated into a speed index of 89.
The victory by Separatist Firstdown, who is conditioned by his co-owner Isidro Flores, gave him nine tallies from only 14 career starts. He earned $31,405 for his effort on Friday, which raised his overall bankroll to a lofty $352,041. His is now a four-time stakes winner, and his record includes a victory in last year's Harrah's Entertainment Futurity (G3).
Separatist Firstdown is a 3-year-old colt by Separatist out of the First Down Dash mare Shesa Firstdown Jess. Separatist Firstdown was bred in Texas by Narciso Flores.
Separatist Firstdown was sent to the gate at odds of 3-5 and returned $3.20 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.40 to show. JP In Hot Pursuit was worth $9.40 to place and $7 to show. Cash for Strikes paid $4.60 to show.
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