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BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI
VINTON, LA—APRIL 17, 2017—Delta Downs will open its 46-night American Quarter Horse meet with a 10-race program on Friday. Post time for the first race is set for 6:15 p.m. (EDT).
Friday’s 250-yard, $20,000 Delta Dash Stakes has drawn a full field of 10 sprinters, topped by Joel Galindo’s Scoopies Leaving You. A 6-year-old Coronas Leaving You stallion trained by Kevin Broussard, Scoopies Leaving You will be shortening in distance off of his second-place finish, a neck behind winner Cute Mic Jagger, in the 350-yard, $25,000 Mr Jess Perry Stakes (R) for state-breds at Louisiana Downs on February 25.
Scoopies Leaving You drew post 9 and will be ridden by Donald Watson. The stallion’s nine opponents include Rbd Jessaswingin, a 5-year-old Swingin Jess mare trained by Yoani Abreu for owner Jaime Gutierrez. Rbd Jessaswingin won both of her outs during the Louisiana Downs winter meet, including the 350-yard, $25,000 Party Girl Stakes (R) for state-bred distaffers on January 28.
Rbd Jessaswingin drew post 3 and will be ridden by Alfonso Lujan.
The complete lineup for the Delta Dash Stakes, in post position order including jockey assignments:
- First Fancy Prize (John Hamilton)
- Royal Aztec (Floriberto Maldonado)
- Rbd Jessaswingin (Alfonso Lujan)
- Voncitas Game (Gilbert Ortiz)
- Gt Divalicious (David Alvarez)
- One Dimple (Everardo Rodriguez)
- Mps Shake Em N Style (Alejandro Medina)
- Mariachy King (Noe Castaneda)
- Scoopies Leaving You (Donald Watson)
- Dash Dont Cheat (Francisco Calderon).
Teardrops At The Bar, a homebred son of champion Separatist racing for James Hrabovsky and Leann Nalls from the barn of reigning AQHA champion trainer Judd Kearl, drew post 6 and will be ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo in the third heat. The graded stakes-placed gelding has earned $27,108 from five starts, and he was a finalist in the 350-yard, $251,000 Oklahoma Derby (G3) at Remington Park on March 25.
The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the May 12, $25,000-added Old South Derby final.
All Delta Downs races can be seen at Q-RacingVideo.com.