Old South Derby Headlines Delta Friday Stakes Doubleheader

The $62,715 stakes for 3-year-olds shares the bill with the Delta 550.

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Jmf Dashing, pictured here winning his trial, is one of 10 3-year-olds entered back in Friday's Old South Derby at Delta Downs. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Jmf Dashing, a sorrel son of champion Tempting Dash and the fastest qualifier, is one of 10 sophomores entered back in Friday’s 350-yard, $62,715 Old South Derby at Delta Downs.

Trained by Josue Ponce for Javier Marquez’s J and M Racing and Farm of Monahans, Texas, Jmf Dashing made his season debut with a head victory in the last of four trials on April 21. The gelding has banked $14,100 from four official starts in Texas and Louisiana.

Jmf Dashing drew post 5 and will be ridden by Raul Ramirez Jr. His nine opponents include Sizzlin Stewart, a homebred grey Sizzlin Cartel gelding and the winner of last year’s 330-yard, $89,000 Old South Futurity. The eighth-fastest qualifier, Sizzlin Stewart will be ridden by Noe Castaneda from post 8 for owners Pat Crabtree and Don Stewart and trainer Kenneth Roberts Sr.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Tough Too Catch (John Hamilton)
First Impulse (J.R. Ramirez)
Jmf Western Cartel (Armando Ramirez)
Td Famous Jes (Floriberto Maldonado)
Jmf Dashing (Raul Ramirez Jr.)
Mega Hero (Manuel Gutierrez)
Ardor (Damian Martinez)
Sizzlin Stewart (Noe Castaneda)
Jess A Fighter (Randy Edison)
Tres Seis Sign (Eddie Sanchez)

Delta 550 Stakes
Undefeated in two outs this season, Heza Bell Perry drew the rail post for Saturday’s $25,000 Delta 550 Stakes.

Heza Bell Perry is coming off of a three-quarter length victory in the 550-yard, $20,000 Harris County Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park on March 31. The 6-year-old Heza Fast Dash gelding will be ridden by Alfonso Lujan for owner and trainer Javier N. Contreras.

Ww Showtime will be making his season debut from post 3 and will be attempting to defend his Delta 550 title. A 5-year-old First Prize Perry stallion trained by Eduardo L. Morales for owner Victoria Galindo, Ww Showtime scored a 1 3/4-length victory in this race last year.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Heza Bell Perry (Alfonso Lujan)
Coronas Statement (Santiago Mendez)
Ww Showtime (Raul Ramirez Jr.)
Apollitical Courage (Gilbert Ortiz)
Bar Struck (Damian Martinez)
Jls Book Of Psalms (J.R. Ramirez)
Gone Cartel (John Hamilton)
Super Sonic Patriot (Mario A. Trujillo)
Chuys Valcom (Juan C. Garcia)

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