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Old South Futurity

Big Daddy Jewel breaks his maiden in Saturday's $104,705 feature at Delta Downs.
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Third-fastest qualifier Big Daddy Jewel broke his maiden in Saturday's 330-yard, $104,705 Old South Futurity at Delta Downs.

Ridden by Randy Edison and racing on a muddy and sealed track, Big Daddy Jewel defeated Locomotiv by a head in :16.722. Heath Taylor saddled the gray Big Daddy Cartel colt for owners Chris C. Dunn, David Dunn, and Rebecca Jameson.

Big Daddy Jewel was bred in Louisiana by Jerry West, and he was a $13,000 purchase at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale in New Mexico. The colt is out of Jewels Fortune, a daughter of the First Down Dash stallion First Down Jewel who won five stakes in Louisiana from 2002-04, including the 2002 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile Stakes (RG2) and '03 Louisiana Champions Day Derby (RG2), both at Fair Grounds Racecourse.

Big Daddy Jewel is a half brother to two stakes winners, including graded 2016 Louisiana Breeders' Lassie Futurity (RG2) winner Louisiana Jewels. His second dam, the winning Six Fortunes mare Lias Fortune, was a finalist in the 1994 Firecracker Futurity (G2) at Delta Downs. 

The $52,353 winner's share of the purse from Big Daddy Jewel's first win in four outs pushed the colt's earnings to $56,933.

Apolitical Xpression finished third and was followed by Dash Master Queen, Chasin De Stars, fastest qualifier Chicks Ivory House, A Game Jess, Jess Worthy, Worth A Google, and  Ivory Bones.

The the second-fastest qualifier and 8-5 favorite, Ivory Bones drifted in from his rail post, hit the rail and unseated his rider, Noe Castaneda.

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