Louisiana Purchase Stakes, Old South Futurity Trials Headline Delta Saturday Card

Punctuality tops a field of 10 state-bred sprinters in Saturday's Louisiana Purchase.

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The first Saturday program of Delta Downs' 2018 American Quarter Horse meet will feature the $40,000 Louisiana Purchase Stakes and nine Old South Futurity trials.

The 350-yard, $40,000 Louisiana Purchase Stakes (R) and nine 330-yard Old South Futurity trials dominate Saturday’s 10-race program at Delta Downs.

Gerardo M. Morales’ Punctuality, a 5-year-old daughter of Jet Black Patriot, is one of 10 state-bred sprinters entered in the Louisiana Purchase Stakes, which is restricted to state-breds who have not won a stakes race. Punctuality will be making her first start since January 27, when she ran third, a half of a length behind winner La Mos Corona, in the 350-yard, $25,000 Party Girl Stakes (R) for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares at Louisiana Downs.

Punctuality drew post 6 and will be ridden by David Alvarez.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Heza Truckin (Juan D. Marquez)
Sizzlin On Da Bayou (Guadalupe Lucio Jr.)
Royal Quick Patriot (John Hamilton)
Toasted Runaway (Pedro C. Espinosa)
Bankin On Bux (Damian Martinez)
Punctuality (David Alvarez)
Lightemupwithcharm (Antonio Alberto)
JRS Natural Runaway (Jose A. Rodriguez)
BJs Magic Wings (Luciano Duenez)
Bubba Mallard (Everardo Rodriguez)

Also on Saturday, a total of 84 2-year-olds has been entered in nine 330-yard Old South Futurity trials. KR Mr Winter, a finalist in the 300-yard, $238,000 Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3) at Louisiana Downs on March 21, drew post 5 and will be ridden by Jose A. Rodriguez in the fourth heat. Trained by Guadalupe Garza Jr. for owner Mario Villarreal, the brown son of champion Carters Cartel has earned $5,561 from two outs.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the May 12, $25,000-added Old South Futurity final.

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