Louisiana Showcase Day

Louisiana Showcase Day

Delta Downs ends its Quarter Horse meet with a state-bred stakes bonanza.

Blood Money. PHOTO: Coady Photography

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Delta Downs ended its Quarter Horse season on Saturday, as the track presented its annual Louisiana Showcase Day featuring seven state-bred stakes, headed by the track's richest race for any breed, the 350-yard, $826,620 Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1).

A total of $717,408 was wagered on the 10-race program, of which $652,096 was bet off track and $65,312 was wagered on track. Following is a recap of four of the seven stakes.

Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1)
Blood Money, a son of Apollitical Blood owned by Rojas Racing Stables LLC and the fastest qualifier, was a prompt 7-10 favorite in Saturday's $826,620 Lee Berwick Futurity (RG1).

Trained by Rosendo Valdez Jr., Blood Money went 350 yards in :17.296 while defeating 16-1 longshot San Lorenzeaux by a head. The bay colt earned $413,310 from his second career stakes victory.

"He had a little trouble breaking, but he really felt great once he got going," said Everardo Rodriguez, who rode Blood Money. "I saw San Lorenzeaux coming about 50 yards before the wire, but I knew we had it." 

Blood Money was bred by Spring Hill Farms LLC, and he sold for $17,000 at last year's Louisiana QHBA Yearling Sale. The colt is out of Zoom To The Money, a daughter of Shazoom who won the 2008 Mile High Futurity (G2) at Arapahoe Park near Denver.

Blood Money has won all four of his outs, including the June 12, 330-yard Louisiana Breeders' Laddie Futurity (RG2), and he has earned $601,131.

"He's not hot-tempered like a lot of the Apollitical Bloods," said Valdez. "He's always been calm -- almost like a lazy horse -- but on the racetrack he's something special."

TDZ Royal Runaway ran third and was followed by Railroad Jimmy, Apolliticalfastlane, Quid Pro Quo, Jess Louisiana, Sheza Fast Blood, and Ultimo Alex.

Louisiana Juvenile Stakes (R)
A sharp break from post 6 helped Shesa Knockoutcartel score a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's $75,000 Louisiana Juvenile Stakes (R).

Prepped by Martin Trejo for owner BMAQ Racing LLC, Shesa Knockoutcartel covered 350 yards in :17.638, and her winning margin was 1 1/4 lengths from Stratosphear. Everardo Rodriguez rode the homebred daughter of the Corona Cartel stallion Five Bar Cartel.

Shesa Knockoutcartel was winning for the first time in four races, and the $45,000 winner's share of the Louisiana Juvenile Stakes purse pushed her earnings to $52,200. The filly is out of Lady Knockout, an unplaced 13-year-old daughter of Royal Quick Dash and a half sister to three graded stakes winners, including All American Futurity (G1) winner Falling In Loveagain.

JRS Runaway Dash, TF Fearless Runaway, Flyin The Red Eye, Greatest Of All Time, Dianetoseparatefromu, Flying Adelia, Sweater TLC and Patriotic Trump completed the order of finish.

Flying Breed Stakes (R)
Juan Garcia Jr. rode Love The Way You Fly to a half-length win in Saturday's $50,000 Flying Breed Stakes (R).

Trained by Trey Ellis for owner Todd Matte, Love The Way You Fly covered 220 yards in :11.640. The 4-year-old Furyofthewind stallion posted a 103 speed index from his fifth win in 17 races and second career stakes victory.

Love The Way You Fly was bred by Copper Spring Ranch LLC. Raced exclusively in Louisiana, he has banked $177,761, and he ended his 2-year-old season with a victory in the 400-yard LQHBA Louisiana Million Invitational Stakes (R) at Evangeline Downs.

Brileys Prize finished second and was followed by JRS Coronas Toast, Barnett Cartel, Bye Bye Agouti, Jess U R Blue, Sharks Jess Jumpin, Quicksilver B, and Streak N For Fun.

Louisiana Classic Stakes (R)
Sent to post as the 7-10 favorite in a field of nine, Christopher A. Villatoro's Apollitical B Snow responded with a one-length victory in Saturday's 440-yard, $75,000 Louisiana Classic Stakes (R).

Apollitical B Snow made his quarter-mile trip in :21.369 and recorded a 104 speed index under jockey Everardo Rodriguez. Rosendo Valdez Jr. saddled the 4-year-old gelded son of Apollitical Blood.

Apollitical B Snow was bred by the Glinden Leger Estate, and he was scoring his third stakes win of the Delta Downs meet. All told, the gelding has won six of 17 starts, and the $45,000 winner's share of the purse from his third career stakes victory increased his earnings to $159,658, of which $111,798 has been pocketed from four outs this year.

Lifeinthefastlanes, El Predator, Mpshinning, Lightemupwithcharm, Ought To Go Tee, Tuckers Prize, Maggies Runaway, and Achievopiloto completed the order of finish.

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