Louisiana Showcase Night To Close Season Saturday
WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 2019
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DELTA DOWNS TO CLOSE OUT
QUARTER HORSE SEASON WITH
LOUISIANA SHOWCASE NIGHT ON SATURDAY
THE $700,293 LEE BERWICK FUTURITY HIGHLIGHTS LUCRATIVE PROGRAM
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs’s 2019 American Quarter Horse Season will wrap up on Saturday with a special 12-race program called Louisiana Showcase Night. The entire program is devoted to horses bred in Louisiana with eight stakes races and just over $1.4 million in purse money available. The main event will be the $702,293 Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1), serving as the final race on the card. First post time on closing night will be at 5:15 pm.
This year’s Lee Berwick field is headed by Mardonio Flores, Jr.’s Apollitical Bug, who recorded the fastest qualifying time of 17.339 seconds for 350 yards on July 15. The filly, who is also trained and was bred by her owner, will be making her fourth career start and her second straight with jockey Noe Castaneda in the saddle.
Another race that will grab plenty of attention on the Louisiana Showcase Night program is the $308,863 Delta Downs Derby (RG3), carded as the 11th race. The ultra-consistent gray filly Eysa Jess Jumpn posted the fastest qualifying time for the event back on June 14 with jockey Guadalupe Lucio, Jr. in the irons for trainer Josue Huitron. Owned by Jose Estrada Quarter Horses (Jose L. Estrada), Eysa Jess Jumpn has won nine of 12 career starts including last year’s Lee Berwick Futurity as a 2-year-old.
The older horses will get a chance to run for big money in the $100,000 Louisiana Classic (RG2), carded as the 10th event on the program. The top earner in the field of 10 is Larry J. Boudreaux’s colt Mpshinning, who made most of his $591,654 by winning the Louisiana Million at Evangeline Downs as a 2-year-old in 2018. But he’ll have to deal with plenty of competition from horses like Featuring Fast Jess, who won the Delta Downs Derby last year, and Jls Dash N Fire, who scored his biggest win in the Laddie Futurity at Delta Downs in 2017.
In addition to great racing, Delta Downs will also honor the leading horsemen of the meet between races Saturday night. As the final week of racing begins, it appears Everardo Rodriguez will earn his first local leading rider title as he owns a 14-win lead over Luis Vivanco in the standings, 47-33. The race for leading trainer is all but wrapped as well, with eight-time leading conditioner Kenneth Roberts, Sr. on top of the standings with 40 wins to Lanny Keith’s 26 who ranks second.
The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association will conduct a drawing for three (3) college scholarships during the Louisiana Showcase Night program. They will award one $2,000 scholarship and two $1,000 scholarships. Scholarship entrants must be a Louisiana High School graduate or a Louisiana High School student graduating in 2019 planning to attend a high education institution. Those eligible may sign up at the LQHBA Scholarship Registration Table (located at the foot of the escalator on the casino level) beginning at 4:15 pm. Registration will close at 6:30 pm and the scholarships will be drawn live in the winner’s circle by LQHBA board members, local legislators and dignitaries. Students much be present to win. More information on the scholarship eligibility can be found on LQHBA.com.
Delta Downs will also welcome a special guest to its simulcast program during Louisiana Premier Night. Martha Claussen will join track announcer Don Stevens on the simulcast show as a co-host, racing analyst and interviewer following the major stakes races.
After Saturday Delta Downs will be dark until its 2019-20 Thoroughbred season gets underway on October 8. The 84-day meeting will run through February 29 and will feature live racing each Wednesday through Saturday night beginning at 4:55 pm. Full card simulcasting is offered to race fans in the OTB seven days per week year ‘round.
For more information about live racing at Delta Downs, visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com.
Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.