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Just Call Me Jess Fastest For The Firecracker Derby

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JUST CALL ME JESS SETS THE FASTEST TIME
FOR THE FIRECRACKER DERBY AT DELTA DOWNS

- THE $177,045 FINAL TO BE RUN ON FRIDAY, JULY 8 -


VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs played host to a trio of qualifying trials for this year’s $177,045 Firecracker Derby. The fastest qualifier for the July 8 final was Lee and Tara Blackwell and Joel Tipton’s Just Call Me Jess, who won the first trial of the night under jockey Juan Garcia, Jr. Overall, Garcia won four of the eight races on the card and qualified two finalists for the big race.

Just Call Me Jess bobbled at the start of his 400-yard trial but recovered quickly to surge to the lead and win by one length. The Juan Cano trainee covered the distance over a fast track in a time of 19.950 seconds, which equaled a speed index of 88.

Just Call Me Jess was making the seventh start of his career and has now won two of them and finished second twice. He took home $3,000 for his trial win and has now made a total of $37,722.

Bred in Oklahoma by Delfino Lozano, IV, Just Call Me Jess is a 3-year-old sorrel gelding by One Sweet Jess, out of the Strawfly Special mare Justiflied.

Listed below are the 10 finalists for the Firecracker Derby from the fastest on down.

            Horse                        Jockey                                                Trainer                          Time
1          Just Call Me Jess      Juan F. Garcia, Jr.                   Juan Cano                               19.950
2          Cottonpickintrain        Juan F. Garcia, Jr.                   Juan Cano                               20.045
3          Swags                         Jorge Garcia                            Erika Huitron                          20.053
4          Apollitical Crystal        J. R. Ramirez                           Miguel Pizana                         20.112
5          Rf Fearless Jet           J. R. Ramirez                           Vann Haywood                      20.134
6          Patriot Fireworks          Arturo Alvarez                        Kenneth Weeks                       20.143
7          Lil Longmire                  Gilbert Ortiz                            Heath Taylor                           20.167
8          Ultimo Alex                   David Alvarez                         Jorge Haddad                         20.215
9          No Secret Knockout    Francisco Ramirez, Jr.            Rolando Almanza                   20.220
10        Heza Coco Pata          Jorge Garcia                            Erika Huitron                          20.304            
Delta Downs will conduct its ninth week of Quarter Horse racing next Wednesday through Saturday. First post time each evening will be at 6:15 pm. The week will include the Vals Fortune/Teddy Abrams Memorial Stakes race on Wednesday, trials for this year’s Delta Downs Derby on Thursday, and trails for the season’s richest race, the Lee Berwick Futurity, on Friday and Saturday nights.

For more information about the season, 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.

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