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Louisiana Rangler in Delta Tripleheader

Delta features stakes tripleheader.

May 17, 2012

Louisiana Champions Day stakes winner Louisiana Rangler makes his second start at 550 yards in the $55,000 Delta 550 Championship Stakes (R) for Louisiana-breds to head a stakes tripleheader on Saturday night at Delta Downs.

Also on the card are the $85,195 Louisiana-bred Graduation Stakes (R) and the $66,400 Alabama Futurity (R).

Kim McKenzie’s Louisiana Rangler (Jess Louisiana Blue-Rangler Print by Rocket Wrangler) sports top-two finishes in each of his latest four starts, including a 2-length win in a $29,000 allowance race over 550 yards back in July.

Two starts ago, the Louis Lee-trained gelding won the Louisiana Champions Day Stakes  (RG2) over 440 yards by a neck and came back to finish second behind the sharp Taylors Toastin Papa in the Mr Jess Perry Stakes (RG3) at Louisiana Downs as the 6-5 favorite.

Sunset Racing Stables’ Lousiana Panther (Panther Mountain-Iwanna Dash by Royal Quick Dash) moves to the stakes division after a pair of optional-claiming wins at 440 yards. The Kenny Roberts-trained gelding won by a half length on January 15 and then sped to a 1 1/2-length win in :21.655 on March 5. Each of those wins came at Louisiana Downs.

In the Louisiana-Bred Graduation Stakes for state-bred maidens as of January 1, JLS Game Boy (Game Patriot-In The First Place by First Down Dash) is the fastest qualifier with a :17.426 time for his trial win over 350 yards.

Owned and bred by JLS-Speed Horse Ranch, JLS Game Boy won the trial by 1 1/4 lengths as a 14-1 outsider. It was his first career win and came in his fourth start.

In the 330-yard Alabama Futurity for Alabama-breds, Walter Chaney’s homebred Alabama Eye Man (Mr Eye Opener-Funistrada by Zevi (TB)) leads the qualifiers after winning the second of two trials by a head. The Ray Robbin-trained gelding fought for the 330 yards before prevailing in :17.160 for 330 yards.

Robert Mitchell’s homebred Sneaky Quick (Quick To Flare Up-Angel’s Touch (TB) by Prized) won the other trial with the second-fastest time of :17.169. It was the career debut for the member of the Trey Ellis stable.