San Lorenzo Wins The Lee Berwick Futurity
SATURDAY, AUGUST 22, 2020
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DELTA DOWNS’ 2020 AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE SEASON COMES TO A CLOSE WITH HISTORIC
PROGRAM ON LOUISIANA SHOWCASE NIGHT
THE $1,025,782 LEE BERWICK FUTURITY BECOMES THE RICHEST HORSE RACE
EVER CONTESTED IN THE STATE OF LOUISIANA REGARDLESS OF BREED
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs closed out its 2020 American Quarter Horse season on Saturday night with a 10-race program that included eight stakes races for Louisiana-bred horses. The evening was billed as Louisiana Showcase Night and it included the richest race ever contested in the state of Louisiana regardless of breed, the $1,025,782 Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1).
The Lee Berwick featured a field of eight horses after there were two scratches announced before the program began, one of which was the fastest qualifier for the event, Ought to Go Tee. What it left was the second fastest qualifier, Rogelio Marquez, Jr.’s San Lorenzo, who made the most of his opportunity by winning the race with jockey David Alvarez in the saddle.
San Lorenzo broke alertly from post position seven but was bumped early by the horse to his inside, Neutral B. That contact might have thrown off an ordinary horse but not the eventual winner, as he shook it off quickly and began to run down the early leaders before reporting home a half length in front of longshot Tf Runaway Dashin, who rallied for second. Carters Yachtz was involved early but settled for third, another ¾ of a length behind the top pair.
San Lorenzo, who is trained by Jesus Marquez, covered 350 yards of the Lee Berwick over a fast track in a time of 17.331 seconds. That clocking earned him a speed index of 97.
Owner Rogelio Marquez, Jr. was very thankful about the win when he spoke to Martha Claussen on the Delta Downs simulcast program. “He did excellent. It's just a blessing to get to these finals. One of the hardest things you can do, but to win a million-dollar futurity is amazing.”
Marquez not only qualified for the Lee Berwick with San Lorenzo, he also made it to the race with San Lorenzo Flash, who eventually finished seventh in the eight-horse field.
San Lorenzo has now won three of four career races. He began his career with a maiden breaking win in the trials for the Laddie Futurity at the beginning of the meet before finishing second in the final. He then won his trial for the Lee Berwick on August 1, posting the fastest time of the night and the second fastest overall time for the final. For the first time in history, Delta Down split the Lee Berwick trials into two programs with the five fast qualifiers each night making it to the rich final.
The winner’s prize in the Lee Berwick Futurity was $512,891 and that boosted San Lorenzo’s overall bankroll to $547,570.
Bred in Louisiana by Jim & Natalie Montgomery, San Lorenzo is a bay colt by Coronas Leaving You, out of the Mr Eye Opener Mare In the Open, making him a full brother to champion Open Me a Corona.
Sent to the gate as the betting favorite at odds of 3-2, San Lorenzo paid $5 to win, $3.40 to place and $2.40 to show. Tf Runaway Dashin was worth $28.40 to place and $6.60 to show. Carters Yachtz returned $2.80 to show.
Jason Richards and Michael J. LeBlanc’s filly Lifeinthefastlanes came into this year’s $276,825 Delta Downs Louisiana-bred Derby as the fastest qualifier and she did not disappoint her backers as she edged out Special Politico to get the win with David Alvarez in the saddle for trainer Kenneth Roberts, Sr.
Lifeinthefastlanes broke sharp from post position two in a field of 10 for the Derby and she proceeded to lead throughout the 400-yard showdown. As the finish line got closer, a one length lead began to shrink for the leader as Special Politico rallied stoutly from the outside but could not reach the winner, losing to Lifeinthefastlanes by a neck. Hh Gailforce wound up third, another ¾ of a length behind the top pair.
Lifeinthefastlanes covered the distance in a time of 19.533 seconds, which earned her a speed index of 97.
Bred in Louisiana by Wade and Kay Loup, Lifeinthefastlanes is a 3-year-old brown filly by Jess Louisiana Blue, out of the Panther Mountain mare Pantherinthefastlane.
Lightemupwithcharm took the $75,000 Louisiana Classic with jockey Luciano Duenez in the saddle for trainer Miguel Rodriguez. The 6-year-old gelding is now nine-for-29 during his career and he ended the Delta Downs season perfect at 2-for-2 for owner Saul Dorado.
The $75,000 Louisiana Juvenile serves as a consolation race for the Lee Berwick Futurity and this year it was He B Swift who got the Juvenile win under jockey Everardo Rodriguez. He B Swift is now 2-for-4 for owners Oscar Edel Moreno and Juan Galicia. The sorrel colt is trained by Joel Huitron.
The $50,000 Flashy Hemp Stakes was won by superstar Eysa Jess Jumpn, who went over the $900,000 mark for career earnings while taking the 15th race of her 18-race career. The 4-year-old filly was ridden to victory by jockey David Alvarez. She is owned by Jose Estrada Quarter Horses and is trained by Joel Huitron.
Mag 1 pulled a bit of an upset in the $50,000 Flying Breed Stakes with jockey Rolando Cabrera in the saddle. Sent off at odds of 7-1, the Katie Carlos trainee defeated heavily favored The Cazador by just a nose for owner Mag 3 Racing.
This year’s $50,000 Live Oak Stakes was won by heavy favorite Louisiana Dressblues with jockey Juan Garcia, Jr. in the saddle for trainer Trey Ellis. The property of Wilson One Consulting took the lead early in the 870-yard event and cruised to an easy victory, the seventh of his 17-race career.
Happie Happie Happie was victorious in the $40,000 Louisiana Starter with jockey David Alvarez in the saddle for trainer Juan Carrillo, Jr. and owner Juan Carrillo, Sr. Happie Happie Happie has now won 11-of-32 starts during his career and was a perfect 2-for-2 during the Delta Downs meeting.
Delta Downs will now be dark until the 2020-21 Thoroughbred season gets underway on October 6. The 84-day meeting will run through February 27 and features live racing each Wednesday through Saturday night beginning at 5:25 pm.
For more information about live racing at Delta Downs, visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com.
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