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Australasia Wins The Louisiana Legacy Stakes

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TUESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2021
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AUSTRALASIA CRUISES TO EASY WIN
IN THE LOUISIANA JEWEL AT DELTA DOWNS

- SAINTS N MUSKETS WINS SECOND STAKES RACE OF THE SEASON IN THE MAGNOLIA -


VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted a pair of stakes races on Tuesday afternoon with Jean Etinne Dubois’s Australasia winning the $75,000 Louisiana Jewel and Rodney J. Verret’s Saints N Muskets taking the $75,000 Magnolia, her second stakes win of the season.

The win by Australasia came in smashing style as the Brad Cox trainee pressed the early pace set by Taylor Avenue and others before taking off in the lane under jockey Diego Saenz and winning by a widening six lengths.

The pace of the race was solid as Taylor Avenue, Inawic and Non Binding all vied for the early lead while covering the opening quarter mile in 23.49 seconds and the half in 48.52. As the field entered the second turn of the race, Australasia took command and never looked back, recording the easy win. Inawic stayed on for second while Tecate Time rallied for third, another 3 ¼-lengths behind the runner up.

Australasia covered the 7-1/2 furlongs of the Louisiana Jewel in a time of 1:34.35 while racing over a fast track.

Now undefeated in two lifetime starts, Australasia has a bankroll of $73,200 after earning $45,000 for her effort in the first stakes race of her career. She broke her maiden at first asking on November 26 at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans.

Australasia is a 3-year-old dark bay or brown filly by Sky Kingdom, out of the Tiznow mare Ayala Strand. She was bred in Louisiana by J. Adcock & Hume Wornall.

Sent to the gate as the odds-on favorite at odds of 2-5, Australasia paid $2.80 to win, $2.20 to place and $2.10 to show. Inawic was worth $10.20 to place and $7 to show. Tecate Time returned $3.60 to show.

The Magnolia Stakes featured a much more dramatic finish as the Allen Landry trainee Saints N Muskets wore down pacesetter Sarah’s Passion to score a narrow win. It was her second stakes score of the season as she also won the Lookout Stakes on November 25.

After breaking from post position five in a field of six, Saints N Muskets stalked the early pace set by Sarah’s Passion, who covered the quarter mile in 23.68 seconds, the half in 48.84 and three quarters in 1:27.66. Sarah’s Passion lead by three lengths in the upper-stretch but could not hold off Saints N Muskets who’s momentum carried her to the win by just a neck. Smok’n Rita rallied to grab third, another 4-3/4 lengths behind the runner-up.

Saints N Muskets covered the one-mile distance of the Magnolia in a time of 1:41.80.

Saints N Muskets has now won five of 16 career races. Her $45,000 paycheck on Tuesday raised to career bankroll to $181,365.

Bred in Louisiana by J. E. Jumonville, Jr. & Bunny Jumonville, Saints N Muskets is a 6-year-old dark bay or brown mare by Musket Man, out of the Vindication mare Laughing Saint.

Sent off at odds of just over 2-1, Saints N Muskets paid $6.60 to win, $3.80 to place and $2.80 to show. Sarah’s Passion returned $7 to place and $4 to show. Smoke’n Rita was worth $5.40 to show.

Delta Downs will continue racing on Wednesday afternoon with another nine-race program that is scheduled to begin at 12:55 pm.

For more information about the current season visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also get information about the track through Facebook by visiting the page ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.

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.

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