Field Set for Lee Berwick Futurity

Louisiana Jewels is the fastest qualifier to the July 9, $690,925 final.

Q-Racing Journal

Joe Badilla Jr. rode Louisiana Jewels to a one-length victory in Saturday's Lee Berwick Memorial Futurity trials at Delta Downs. PHOTO: Coady Photography

After 15 350-yard trials on Saturday, the field has been set for the July 9, $690,925 Lee Berwick Memorial Futurity (RG1) for Louisiana-breds at Delta Downs.

Louisiana Jewels, a daughter of champion Jess Louisiana Blue trained by Michael Taylor for owner Eric Johnson's Harlow Stables LLC, set the fastest qualifying time when she won the ninth heat by one length in :17.733 under jockey Joe Badilla Jr. A $42,000 buy at last year's Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders' Association Yearling Sale, the filly has won all three of her starts, including the May 20 Louisiana Breeders' Lassie Futurity (RG2), and she has banked $167,006.

Miguel Aguilar's Rdd Lajollanfastdash, the second-fastest qualifier, won the fifth trial by a half of a length in :17.742. Raul Ramirez Jr. rode the Heza Fast Dash gelding for trainer Willie Simien Jr.

Rdd Lajollanfastdash is also undefeated in three outs. The gelding was making his first start since March 20, when he won the Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) at Louisiana Downs.

This year's Lee Berwick Futurity purse is a stakes record and the richest Quarter Horse purse in track history. The stakes is named in honor of the man who founded Delta Downs in the early 1970s and was inducted into the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame in 1994.

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