Santander Wins The Firecracker Derby
WEDNESDAY, JULY 3, 2019
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SANTANDER WINS THE FIRECRACKER DERBY
AT DELTA DOWNS ON CLOSING WEEK
- OWNER JORGE HADDAD SEES HIS RUNNERS FINISH FIRST AND SECOND -
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs began its final week of American Quarter Horse racing for 2019 on Wednesday night and the featured race was the $186,925 Firecracker Derby (G3) for 3-year-old competing at 400 yards. Owner Jorge Haddad had three horses qualify for the race and in the end, it was Santander who came away victorious over stablemate Anasttasia. The third Haddad runner, Sallvatore, finished eighth.
Breaking from post six in a field of nine, Santander was forwardly placed throughout the race before reaching the finish line a neck in front of Anasttasia. Party Wagon was also near the lead all the way but finished third, another ¾ of a length behind the top pair. Santander covered the distance over a fast track in 19.502 seconds, which equaled a speed index of 97.
The win by Santander, who was ridden by Francisco Calderon and is trained by Heath Taylor, was his third from nine lifetime starts. He also won his trial for the Firecracker Derby and came into the race as the second fastest qualifier. The $93,462 first place prize on Wednesday raised his career bankroll to $129,642.
Bred in Oklahoma by his owner, Santander is a bay colt by Fdd Dynasty, out of the Feature Mr Jess mare Im A Feature Girl.
Sent to the gate at odds of 3-1, Santander paid $8.80 to win, $4.40 to place and $2.80 to show. Anasttasia was worth $6.40 to place and $3.80 to show. Parti Wagon returned $2.80 to show.
Delta Downs will continue its holiday week stakes activity on Thursday night with the $308,863 Firecracker Futurity (G2) for 2-year-olds squaring off at 350 yards. The fastest qualifier for the event is A Painted Dynasty, from the barn of Josue Ponce.
For more information about the current season visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com.
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