Louisiana Showcase Night Takes Place Saturday
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13, 2022
FOR MORE INFORMATION,
CONTACT DON STEVENS
337-589-7441 EXT. 1268
LOUISIANA SHOWCASE NIGHT TAKES CENTER
STAGE ON SATURDAY AT DELTA DOWNS
THE $744,302 LEE BERWICK FUTURITY HIGHLIGHTS RICHEST CARD OF THE YEAR
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs will host the richest American Quarter Horse program of the year on Saturday, July 16 when Louisiana Showcase Night takes center stage. The annual event is devoted to horses bred in Louisiana with eight stakes races during a 10-race card. The main event will be the $744,302 Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1), which will be the final race on the program. First post time is scheduled for 6:15 pm.
This year’s Lee Berwick field is headed by Rogelio Marquez, Jr.’s undefeated colt San Lorenzo Jet. The Jesus Marquez trainee has won two trial races and the final of this year’s $332,000 Laddie Futurity (RG2) at Delta Downs on May 28. San Lorenzo Jet has been installed as the solid 6-5 morning line favorite and will be ridden by jockey David Alvarez. The multiple leading rider at Delta Downs has been aboard for each of his victories, including a dominating score in the Lee Berwick trial where he posted the fastest qualifying time of 17.62 seconds for 350 yards.
The second richest race on the program is the $188,160 Delta Downs Derby (RG3), where 5-2 morning line favorite Louisiana Tequila will take on nine rivals in the 400-yard test for 3-year-olds. The Juan Cano trainee will try to make up for a troubled trip in last year’s Louisiana Million (RG1) at Evangeline Downs where he finished seventh for owner Gene Cox. Louisiana Tequila will be piloted by James Flores.
This year’s $70,000 Louisiana Classic will feature a showdown between two horses who’ve already won stakes races at the Vinton track this year. Hezaa Fast Boy most recently won the Vals Fortune/Teddy Abrams, Jr. Memorial Stakes (RG2) on July 1, while Jj Heza Fast Dash Jr took the Open Me a Corona Stakes (RG2) back on opening weekend. Hezaa Fast Boy has been tabbed as the 5-2 morning line favorite in the race and will be ridden by David Alvarez. Jj Heza Fast Dash Jr. is the second choice at 7-2 and will be guided by Ricardo Hernandez, Jr.
Listed below are the eight Louisiana-bred stakes races that will take place on Saturday night in program order.
Race Stakes Race Purse Sex Age Distance
3 Live Oak $50,000 Open 3-year-olds & up 870 yards
4 Flashy Hemp $50,000 F&M 3-year-olds & up 330 yards
5 Louisiana Starter $40,000 Open 3-year-olds & up 350 yards
6 Flying Breed $50,000 Open 3-year-olds & up 220 yards
7 Louisiana Juvenile $70,000 Open 2-year-olds 350 yards
8 Louisiana Classic (RG2) $70,000 Open 3-year-olds & up 440 yards
9 Delta Downs Derby (RG3) $188,160 Open 3-year-olds 400 yards
10 Lee Berwick Fut. (RG1) $744,302 Open 2-year-olds 350 yards
The Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association will conduct drawings for four (4) college scholarships totaling $8,000 during the Louisiana Showcase Night program. Scholarship entrants must be Louisiana high school graduates or a Louisiana high school student graduating in 2022 and planning to attend a higher education institution in the state. Those eligible may sign up at the LQHBA Scholarship registration table beginning at 5 pm. Registration will close promptly after the fourth race and the winners will be announced in the winner’s circle after race five. All entrants must be present to win.
Delta Downs track announcer and simulcast host Don Stevens will be joined by renowned Quarter Horse expert Martha Claussen during the Louisiana Showcase Night program. Claussen will serve as co-host, handicapper, and racing analyst during the star-studded night of racing.
After Saturday, Delta Downs will be dark for one week prior to the final 15 days of the season, which runs through September 3. There will also be no live racing the week of August 4 - 6 due to this year’s Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association Yearling Sale. Race weeks will be reduced to three days per week, Thursdays through Saturdays, during the final five weeks of the meet.
For more information about live racing at Delta Downs, 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.