Delta Closes with Richest Race Ever
Louisiana track concludes meet with record-setting $645,645 purse in Lee Berwick Memorial Futurity.
July 13, 2014
Delta Downs hosted the richest American Quarter Horse race in its 41-year history on Saturday night as the track presented another edition of Louisiana Showcase Night. The evening featured eight stakes races for Louisiana-bred horses highlighted by the $645,645 Lee Berwick Memorial Futurity (RG1), named after the track’s founder.
The 350-yard Lee Berwick came down to a dramatic finished between the aptly named Game and Hemps Jumpn Lajolla, who dueled throughout the race before Game got the upper hand by just a head at the finish line. Embrujo Star was not far out of it as she would up only a neck behind the top pair in third. Rounding out the finishing order was Louisiana Blue Bell, Weetzy, Mudbug, Zihuatanejo and I Am Intriguing.
Game, who was ridden to victory by Orlando Baldillez, covered the distance over a fast track in :17.594. The time equaled a speed index of 88.
The victory by game capped off a tremendous season for the Kelli Smith trainee as he also won the $265,285 Louisiana Laddie Futurity (RG2) back on May 24. Overall, the property of Joseph Landreneau has now four of six starts and finished second once during his career. The first-place check of $322,822 he earned on Saturday raised his bankroll to a lofty sum of $485,224.
Game is a 2-year-old gelding by Game Patriot out of the Hotdoggin mare Hot Charge. He was bred in Louisiana by Joe F. Gutierrez.
Sent to the post as the 2-1 wagering favorite, Game returned $6.80 to win, $3.80 to place and $3.20 to show. Hemps Jumpn Lajolla was worth $5.40 to place and $4 to show. Embrujo Star paid $4 to show.
In other stakes activity on Louisiana Showcase Night it was Kool Design winning the $217,545 Delta Downs Louisiana-bred Derby (RG3) under jockey Jose Vega. Kool Design is owned by Oscar Rhone and is conditioned by Kenneth L. Roberts Sr., who won three races on the program while also capping off his third straight leading trainer title and sixth overall at Delta Downs.
This year’s $100,000 Louisiana Classic (RG2) for older horses was won by Fast Talkin Henry, who is owned by Eric P. Johnson. John Hamilton rode Fast Talkin Henry to the win and in the process secured his third straight riding title at Delta Downs this season.
The $60,000 Louisiana Juvenile Stakes (R) was won by Vann Haywood’s trainee TM Dees Prize. The property of Two the Max Investments LLC was ridden to victory by Dennis Means.
McM Fast Dashin Blue was victorious in the $60,000 Flashy Hemp Stakes (R) with jockey Patrick Watson in the saddle for trainer Kenneth L. Roberts Sr. The 3-year-old filly is owned by Donald Lane Sargent.
In the only distance race on the program it was Downtown Forrest snatching the win in the $60,000 Live Oak Stakes (R) with Jake Pierce in the irons. Downtown Forrest is owned by Walter E. Alford and is trained by Carl Crawford.
The $50,000 Flying Breed Stakes (R) was annexed by Lets Jess Do It, who had jockey David Alvarez along for the ride. Lets Jess Do It is trained by Bobby Martinez and is owned by Noe E. Pena.
And finally it was JF Patriot Games winning the $40,000 Louisiana Starter under jockey David Alvarez as well. JF Patriot Games is trained by Martin Trejo and is owned by Ana L. Alvidrez.
Delta Downs will now be dark until its 2014-15 Thoroughbred Season gets underway on October 15. The track will be simulcasting from coast to coast in its OTB seven days a week throughout the year.
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