Big Upsets in Delta Downs Stakes
Game wins at 13-1 and Scooter Prize scores at 23-1.
May 25, 2014
Delta Downs hosted a pair of American Quarter Horse stakes races on Saturday night and the results came as a bit of a surprise to the betting public. In the $265,285 Louisiana Breeders’ Laddie Futurity (RG2) it was Game who orchestrated a 13-1 upset, and in the $50,000 Vinton Stakes (RG3) Scooter Prize won at odds of 23-1.
The victory by Game, who is owned by Joseph Landreneau and is trained by Kelli Smith, came after the bay gelding broke sharply from the gate before fighting hard all the way to the finish line under jockey Orlando Baldillez. Game defeated Buzzing by a neck while See Yacht Sea Jump wound up another three-quarters of a length behind in third.
Game covered 330 yards over a fast track in :16.661, which earned him a speed index of 91. The victory was the second of his four race career and it earned him a tidy sum of $132,642. His overall bankroll now stands at $151,902.
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The fans who backed Game at the wagering window were rewarded with payoffs of $29.40 to win, $7.40 to place and $6 to show. Buzzing was worth $4.60 to place and $3.80 to show. See Yacht Sea Jump returned $6.20 to show.
Game is a 2-year-old by Game Patriot out of the Hotdoggin mare Hot Charge. He was bred in Louisiana by Joe F. Gutierrez Jr. Game was purchased by his current connections for $12,000 at the LQHBA Yearling Sale in 2013.
Scooter Prize’s win in the Vinton Stakes came as an even bigger shock to fans on hand as she pulled the upset under jockey Raul Ramirez Jr., who accepted the mount from trainer Martin Trejo. Scooter Prize is owned by Ana L. Alvadrez.
Scooter Prize defeated Sir Prize by three-quarters of a length with 3-2 favorite Ol Time Preacher Man rounding out the top three positions another neck behind in third.
The running time for Scooter Prize at 400 yards was :19.809 and it earned her a speed index of 89. She has now won six of 16 starts and her bankroll now stands at $139,837 after grabbing the $30,000 top prize Saturday night.
Scooter Prize is a 3-year-old filly by First Prize Perry, out of the A Royale High mare Royal Baby Scooter. She was bred in Louisiana by John K. Leger.
The payoff in the Vinton Stakes were $49 to win, $15.20 to place and $7.20 to show for Scooter Prize. Sir Prize paid $4.60 to place and $2.80 to show. Ol Time Preacher Man was worth $2.40 to show.
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