Runaway Second Down Wins Lee Berwick Futurity
SATURDAY, JULY 6, 2019
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IN THE LEE BERWICK FUTURITY AT DELTA DOWNS
- GRAY GELDING TAKES THE RICHEST RACE OF THE SEASON ON CLOSING NIGHT -
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs capped off its 2019 American Quarter Horse season on Saturday night with another edition of Louisiana Showcase Night, which featured eight stakes races for Louisiana-bred horses and the richest race of the year, the $700,293 Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1).
This year’s Lee Berwick was won by Eulalio Argote and Victor Alvarado’s Runaway Second Down, who was ridden to victory by Antonio Alberto. The Robi A. Meche trainee defeated Ed O by a head while completing 350 yards over a fast track in 17.349 seconds, which equaled a speed index of 97. Jess a Fast Rogue finished third, another length behind the top pair.
Runaway Second Down came into the Lee Berwick as the second fastest qualifier after winning his trial on June 15, That race gave Alberto tremendous confidence going into the final.
“The night he qualified I might have been joking when I said, ‘We were going to shake the ground in the final’.”
Runaway Second Down has now won two of four career starts. Saturday’s score put $350,146 into his bankroll,
which now stands at $358,666.
Bred in Louisiana by Grant Farms LLC, Runaway Second Down is a 2-year-old gray gelding by Runaway Dash, out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Second Down Perry. He was purchased for $80,000 at the Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association Yearling Sale in 2018.
Sent to the gate at odds of 8-1, Runaway Second Down paid $18.40 to win, $9.20 to place and $6 to show. Ed O returned $6.60 to place and $4.40 to show. Jess a Fast Rogue was worth $9.20 to show.
In other action on Saturday it was Eysa Jess Jumpn winning the $308,863 Delta Downs Louisiana-bred Derby (RG3) with jockey Guadalupe Lucio, Jr. in the saddle for trainer Josue Huitron and owner Jose Estrada Quarter Horses (Jose L. Estrada). The 3-year-old filly also won last year’s $700,000 Lee Berwick Futurity and now boasts a career bankroll of $671,502.
San Lorenzo Corona was victorious in the $100,000 Louisiana Classic with jockey Victor Urieta, Jr. in the saddle. Owned by Rogelio Marquez, Jr. and trained by Josue Ponce, San Lorenzo Corona has now won three races in a row and eight times in 16 trips to the starting gate.
Serving as a consolation for the Lee Berwick Futurity was the $50,000 Louisiana Juvenile, and the 350-yard showdown was taken by Heza Lawman with jockey Everardo Rodriguez in the saddle for trainer Ned Goutierrez, III. Heza Lawman has now won two-of-four starts for his career.
The $50,000 Flashy Hemp Stakes was annexed by Hilberto Guzman’s 3-year-old filly Cajun Cos, who was ridden to victory by jockey Luis Vivanco. The Brenda Foster trainee has an affinity for Delta Downs, all four of her career wins have come in Vinton, Louisiana.
The $50,000 Flying Breed Stakes was taken by Rayne Knight’s The Cazador with jockey John Hamilton in the saddle for trainer Michael Zingelmann. The Cazador has now won six of 15 career starts.
This year’s $50,000 Live Oak Stakes at 870 yards was won by Jose Carlos Hernandez’s Heza Dash Faster, who was ridden by jockey Donald Watson. It was the third win in a row for the Faviola Gonzalez trainee who also took the Virgil Bond Stakes at Delta Downs May 31.
The $40,000 Louisiana Starter was won by Tuckers Prize with jockey Damian Martinez riding for owner/trainer Preston Jourdan. Tuckers Prize is very consistent and has now won four times from 10 starts and has hit the board in seven of those outs.
Delta Downs will now look forward to its 2019-20 Thoroughbred season which kicks off on Tuesday, October 8. The 84-day stand will run through February 29 with live racing each Wednesday through Saturday night after opening week. First post time each night during the meeting will be at 4:55 pm CST. For more information about the upcoming season visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com.
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