Firecracker Derby Trials Draw 28 Sophomores
Stakes winner Graceful Eagle will make her season debut Friday at Delta Downs.
June 5, 2017
Florentino Leon’s Graceful Eagle, a stakes-winning daughter of One Famous Eagle, is one of 28 3-year-olds entered in Friday’s 400-yard Firecracker Derby (G3) trials at Delta Downs.
Graceful Eagle is trained by Eusevio Huitron and will be making her season debut on Friday. The filly has earned $54,547 from seven starts, and her three wins include a half-length victory as the 3-1 in favorite in the November 12, $50,000 Texas Classic Juvenile Invitational Stakes at Lone Star Park.
Graceful Eagle will be ridden by Damian Martinez from post 9 in the second of three trials.
Other prominent sophomores entered in the Firecracker Derby trials include Mega Hero, a gray daughter of Ivory James who will be putting her three-race win streak on the line in the first heat. Trained by Jose Sanchez for owner Double H Racing Investments LLC, the filly will be stretching out in distance off of her three-quarter length win in the 350-yard, $63,000 Old South Derby on May 12.
Mega Hero drew post 7 and will be ridden by Manuel Gutierrez.
The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the June 30, $100,000-added Firecracker Derby final.
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