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Xtra Sets Fastest Time on Night 2 of Berwick Trials

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SATURDAY, JUNE 25, 2022
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XTRA RACES TO TOP QUALIFYING TIME ON NIGHT 2
OF LEE BERWICK TRIALS AT DELTA DOWNS

- THE $744,302 FINAL TO BE RUN ON SATURDAY, JULY 16 -


VINTON, LA. – Xtra, a $67,000 LQHBA Yearling Sale graduate, got his second straight win on Saturday while posting the fastest time on the second night of trials for the $744,302 Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1) at Delta Downs.

Saturday night's five qualifiers will join five other state-bred 2-year-olds who qualified from Friday's eight trials, to compete in the rich 350-yard Lee Berwick Futurity final on Delta Downs card Saturday, July 16th.

Xtra was erratic, under jockey Victor Urieta, Jr., then rallied to get up at the wire by a nose over Jeg Fascination and jockey Ali Rivera. The pair clocked the top two fastest times on night two with Xtra running :17.761 seconds into a five mph crosswind to become the top qualifier.

Trainer Josue Ponce conditions the son of champion sire Apollitical Blood for owner Tabasco Racing LLC. "He ran a bit greenly in his Laddie trial so we decided to run him in a maiden (on May 27)," said Ponce. "He's improving each time and with his breeding, we knew he could handle the longer distance. He proved it tonight!"

Bred by Ryan and Jude Robicheaux, from the Jess Louisiana Blue mare First Lady B, Xtra ran second in his career debut May 6th, a trial for the Laddie Futurity. He followed that race with a maiden win on May 27th where he again rallied to win by half-a-length. In three starts the sorrel gelding has banked $21,800.

Xtra's dam is a half-sister to Mildred Vessels Memorial (G1) winner Terrific Energy. This is the family of champion Tinys First effort and Grade 1 winner Tinys First Down.

Bouncing off a sixth-place effort in the $310,695 Laddie Futurity (RG2), Jeg Fascination held on for the second fastest clocking Saturday of :17.780 seconds. Trainer Jose Lopez conditions the Freighttrain B homebred for owner-breeder Jesus Eden Garza.

Also, a finalist in the Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2), Jeg Fascination has compiled a (5) 1-2-0 record and banked $36,733. The sorrel filly is out of Ja Fascination by Mr Jess Perry.

Tonight's five qualifiers will join Friday's five qualifiers San Lorenzo Jet, Party Tyme, Tf One Sweet Wokatee, Konnan Cartel and San Lorenzo Train in the July 16 final. 

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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