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Delta Doubleheader on Saturday

Old South Futurity, Derby featured at Delta Downs.

May 16, 2013

Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3) runner-up A Noble Jess Elie in the $77,345 Old South Futurity and I See Visions chasing his third-straight win in the $44,807 Old South Derby provide an attractive stakes doubleheader on Saturday night at Delta Downs.

Mercy Hinklins Horse Farms’ A Noble Jess Elie (Jess Elie-Legendary Seis by Tres Seis) has started her career in top form for trainer Kenny Roberts with a second in her Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity trial and then racing to the runner-up position in the futurity at nearly 13-1 odds. She was beaten by three quarters of a length by Separatist Firstdown.

A Noble Jess Elie came back in her Old South trial to win by a length. Her time of :16.714 was the second-fastest time from six trials.

Favoritism could fall to Cynthia Allen’s Secrets Fly (No Secrets Here-Once Upon A Fly by Strawfly Special) who was sixth in the Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity, but then took a big step forward when she dominated the Old South trials with the fastest qualifying time of :16.543. She drew out to a 1 1/4-length win for trainer Vann Haywood while second-place finisher Ms Kalies Fortune (Jet Black Patriot-Rockets Fortune by Rocket’s Magic) raced to the fourth-fastest time of :16.748.

Don Ming’s homebred I See Visions (One Famous Eagle-Vision Of Dash by Dash For Cash) comes into the Old South Derby on a roll with a win in the $20,000 South Florida Invitational at Hialeah and then racing to the fastest Derby qualifying time. The member of the Haywood stable won by a neck over second-fastest qualifier FDD Grand Going (FDD Dynasty-Cash Cartel by Corona Cartel). I See Vision was timed in :19.577 for 400 yards while FDD Going Grand was closed in :19.612.

Mercy Hinklins Horse Farm’s homebred FDD Going Grand was making his first start since moving up to second place through a disqualification in the Dash For Cash Futurity (G1) back in September at Lone Star Park.