Hes Innocent Wins The Firecracker Derby
MONDAY, JULY 19, 2021
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HES INNOCENT SCORES BIG WIN IN THE
FIRECRACKER DERBY AT DELTA DOWNS
- MARTIN TREJO-TRAINEE ALSO WON THE FIRECRACKER FUTURITY AS A 2-YEAR-OLD -
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $196,995 Firecracker Derby (G3) on Monday and race was won by Priscilla Rodriguez’s Hes Innocent, who was ridden to victory by jockey David Alvarez. The Martin Trejo trainee swept the Firecracker series of races as he also took the Firecracker Futurity (G2) as a 2-year-old in 2020.
Breaking from post five in a full field of 10 for the Firecracker Derby, Hes Innocent took the lead early before separating himself from his rivals with 100 yards to go in the 400-yard test. During the final stages the brown runner drifted inward a bit but was never threatened and reported home by one length to the good of Pops First Lady, who finished a game second. Fastest qualifier and race favorite Dirtwater Dash hesitated a bit at the start and would up another head behind the runner-up in third.
Hes Innocent covered the distance of the Firecracker Derby in a time of 19.786 seconds, which equaled a speed index of 91. The race was contested over a track that was sealed and muddy.
The win by Hes Innocent marked the sixth tally of his eight-race career. He earned $98,497 for the effort on Monday and now owns a career bankroll of $327,107.
Bred in Oklahoma by Debbie Strebig, Hes Innocent is a 3-year-old colt by Hes Relentless out of the Volcom mare End of Innocence. He was purchased for $22,000 at the Heritage Place Mixed Sale in 2019.
Sent to the gate at odds of 9-2 by the wagering public, Hes Innocent paid $11.20 to win, $6.40 to place and $3.60 to show. Pops First Lady was worth $6.60 to place and $3.40 to show. Dirtwater Dash returned $2.20 to show.
Delta Downs’ race week will continue Tuesday through Thursday with first post time each day at 3 pm Central Time. The featured race on Tuesday’s card is the $296,745 Firecracker Futurity (G2) going as the eighth event on the nine-race card. It is the richest open-bred race of the season. For more information 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.