Louisiana Showcase Night
Louisiana Showcase Night
Delta Downs ended its spring-summer Quarter Horse meet with six official stakes on Saturday's Louisiana Showcase Night program, topped by the season's richest race, the $700,293 Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1) for Louisiana-bred 2-year-olds.
Following is a recap of five of those stakes.
Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1)
Runaway Second Down, a son of the First Down Dash stallion Sir Runaway Dash, earned his first stakes victory in the 350-yard Lee Berwick Futurity.
The second-fastest qualifier, Runaway Second Down defeated Ed O by a head in :17.349. Antonio Alberto rode the gray gelding for owners Eulalio Argote and Victor Alvarado and trainer Robi Meche.
"The night we qualified, I said we were going to shake the ground in the final," said Alberto. "He was doing so well at the farm. I really felt every other horse would have to give 150 percent to beat him tonight."
Runaway Second Down was bred by Grant Farms LLC, and he was an $80,000 purchase at last year's Louisiana QHBA Yearling Sale. The gelding is out of Second Down Perry, a winning 14-year-old daughter of champion Mr Jess Perry. His second down, the First Down Dash mare Royal Down Dash, the sport's champion 3-year-old filly in 1993.
Runaway Second Down traces back to his third dam, Timeto Takeoff, a winning daughter of Timeto Thinkrich who ran second in champion Denim N Diamonds' 1981 Vessels Maturity at Los Alamitos.
Campaigned exclusively in Louisiana, Runaway Second Down has won two of four races, and the $350,146 winner's share of the Lee Berwick Futurity purse boosted his earnings to $358,666.
"We qualified to the Lee Berwick three years in a row, and it means so much to us to finally win," said Argote. "We owned his (half) brother, (three-tme stakes winner) Second Down Leaving, paying $25,000 for him. His success was the reason we had to pay $80,000 for Runaway Second Down.
"We knew we had what it takes to win a major stakes," he added.
Jess A Fast Rogue finished third and was followed by Flash Of Light, fastest qualifier Apollitical Bug, Rf Apolliticalcookie, A Quick Jewel, Baby Freighttrain, Sir Runaway Cash, and Pilotoshinning.
Louisiana Classic Stakes (RG1)
San Lorenzo Corona was a prompt 3-2 favorite in Saturday's 440-yard, $100,000 Louisiana Classic Stakes (RG1).
Saddled by Josue Ponce for owner Rogelio Marquez Jr., San Lorenzo Corona covered his quarter-mile trip in :21.309 while defeating 18-1 longshot Dlj Imma Be Famous by a neck. The 5-year-old Coronas Leaving You stallion recorded a 108 speed index while earning his fifth stakes win.
San Lorenzo Corona was bred by Jim and Natalie Montgomery. The stallion won all three of his starts at the Delta meet, including the May 10, 350-yard Open Me A Corona Stakes (R) and June 7, 400-yard Vals Fortune Stakes (R).
All told, San Lorenzo Corona has won eight of 16 starts, including two of four at the classic 440-yard distance, and he has banked $254,889.
Lightemupwithcharm ran third and was followed by Beyondthecos, Jls Dash N Fire, Mpshinning, Featuring Fast Jess, Tan Jet, Rigsby, and Sizzlin On Da Bayou.
Louisiana Juvenile Stakes
Jerry Deville Jr.'s Heza Lawman made a late rush on the outside part of the straightaway to win Saturday's $50,000 Louisiana Juvenile Stakes (R) for 2-year-olds.
Ridden by Everardo Rodriguez, Heza Lawman covered 350 yards in :17.562, and his margin of victory was a head from Blues Forrtune. Ned Goutierrez III prepped the chestnut son of Heza Fast Dash, who was winning for the second time in four outs and boosting his earnings to $40,800.
Heza Lawman was bred by Michael Carlton, and he was coming off of a head victory in a 350-yard Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1) trial on June 15. The gelding is out of Dashin Kate Perry, a winning 14-year-old daughter of Dashin Bye.
El Dorado Stone ran third, a half of a length behind Heza Lawman, and was followed by Rdd Empire Builder, Fast Dash Hondo Cat, Apollitical Barbie, Some Quick Politic, TF Toast To Whiskey, and Hot Tickin Patriot.
Flying Breed Stakes
John Hamilton rode 8-1 longshot The Cazador to a head victory in Saturday's 220-yard, $50,000 Flying Breed Stakes.
Prepped by Mike Zingelmann for owner Rayne Knight, The Cazador stopped the timer in :11.748. In addition to earning a 102 speed index, the 4-year-old Sir Runaway Dash stallion pocketed $30,000 from his second career stakes win.
The Cazador was bred by Mike Zingelmann and Curtis Crenwelge, and he was shortening in distance off of a neck victory in a 250-yard allowance-optional claiming ($25,000) dash at Delta Downs on June 21. Campaigned exclusively in Louisiana, the stallion has won six of 15 starts -- including last year's Mardi Gras Derby (R) at Louisiana Downs -- and he has banked $142,625.
Jls Tee Cos Jr, Packin A Punch, Heza Magic Coronas, Little Toy Guns, Heasablackmagic, Gunna Be Alright, Fit For First, and Gunsmoke B completed the order of finish.
Flashy Hemp Stakes
Hilberto Guzman's Cajun Cos led at every call en route to a head victory in Saturday's Flashy Hemp Stakes (R) for Louisiana-bred distaffers.
Prepped by Brenda Foster, Cajun Cos covered 330 yards in :16.625 while scoring her first stakes win. Luis Vivanco rode the sophomore daughter of the Corona Cartel stallion Tee Cos.
Cajun Cos was bred by TJS Farms Inc., and the filly was a $6,500 purchase at the 2017 Louisiana QHBA Yearling Sale. Cajun Cos was coming off of a fourth-place finish in a 400-yard Delta Downs Derby (RG3) trial on June 14.
Cajun Cos has won four of 11 starts, including all four of her outs at the 330-yard distance, and the $30,000 winner's share of the Flashy Hemp Stakes purse boosted her bankroll to $81,174.
High And Caliente ran second and was followed by Lil Biscuit, Flamin Hot Fortune, Di Maria, Monees Fast Cash, Amending The Bar, Google Chrome B, and Sheza Pretty N Black.
Live Oak Stakes
Heza Dash Faster, a 4-year-old Heza Fast Dash gelding trained by Faviola Gonzalez for owner Jose Carlos Hernandez, extended his win streak to three in Saturday's $50,000 Live Oak Stakes (R).
Under jockey Luis Vivanco, Heza Dash Faster went 870 yards in :46.436 while defeating Jessi Jam by three-quarters of a length and recording a 90 speed index. The gelding banked $30,000 from his second career stakes victory.
Heza Dash Faster was bred by Easy Acres Performance Horses. The gelding's win streak includes a victory in the 870-yard, $25,000 Virgil Bond Stakes at Delta Downs on May 31.
All told, Heza Dash Faster has won five of 20 races -- including three of four at the 870-yard trip -- and he has earned $87,168, of which $71,400 has been pocketed this season.
Dwaynes First Perry ran third, 1 1/4 lengths behind Heza Dash Faster. Louisiana Dressblues, Jw Who Dat, Mr Desert Streak, Rakin In The Jax, and Zoomins Jewel completed the order of finish.
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