Mr Spud Wins The Firecracker Futurity
TUESDAY, JULY 20, 2021
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MR SPUD TAKES EXCITING EDITION OF
THE FIRECRACKER FUTURITY AT DELTA DOWNS
- LEADING JOCKEY EVERARDO RODRIGUEZ PILOTS THE WINNER TO VICTORY -
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the richest open-bred stakes race of its American Quarter Horse season on Tuesday as Christopher A. Villatoro’s Mr Spud scored a thrilling victory in the $296,745 Firecracker Futurity (G2). Mr Spud was ridden to victory by the track’s leading rider so far at the meet, Everardo Rodriguez.
Mr Spud, who came in the Firecracker Futurity as the sixth fastest qualifier, broke sharply from his inside post position and quickly went to the lead in the 350-yard affair for 2-year-olds. The Rosendo Valdez, Jr. trainee appeared to be on his way to an easy win before Rc Relentless Grace appeared on the scene in the final 100 yards. The effort by Rc Relentless Grace was valiant but it came up a neck short as the filly had to settle for second. The fastest qualifier for the race, Sunkissed Jess, wound up third, another half length behind the top pair.
Mr Spud covered the distance of the Firecracker Futurity in a time of 17.646 seconds while running over a fast track. That time produced a speed index of 88.
Scoring his fourth win from just five career starts, Mr Spud has now earned a total of $174,821 after taking home $148,372 for his heroics in the Firecracker Futurity.
Bred in Texas by Randy King, Mr Spud is a bay gelding by The Louisiana Cartel, out of the Special Red Warrior mare Ace Winema. He was purchased for $7,200 by his current connections at the 2020 Heritage Place Mixed Sale.
Dispatched at odds of 3-1 by the race fans, Mr Spud paid $8.40 to win, $5.40 to place and $3.20 to show. Rc Relentless Grass was worth $9.60 to place and $5.20 to show. Sunkissed Jess returned $2.80 to show.
Delta Downs’ race week will continue with live programs on Wednesday and Thursday this week. First post time each day is at 3 pm CT.
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.