Just Stormin Wins Louisiana Premier Night Gentlemen Starter

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Louisiana Premier Night Gentlemen Starter S.
Delta Downs, 2-9-19, 1 1/16 miles
4YOs & Up, Accredited Louisiana Breds, $60,000

JUST STORMIN
Freud-Crypto Cream by Cryptoclearance
Breeder: Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson
Owner: Craig Drago
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: K.D. Clark

2nd
Big Boy Dave Rex
Ruler’s Court-Dream Day, by Thunder Gulch
Breeder: J.E. Nichols
Owner: Beverly Burress
Trainer: Beverly Burress
Jockey: E.A. Tejera

3rd
Greeley’s Dealer
Greeley’s Galaxy-Fancy Dealer, by Barberstown
Breeder: Margie K. Averett
Owner: Jody Thibodeaux
Trainer: Samuel Breaux
Jockey: D. Saenz

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GRAND LUWEGEE SCORES AN UPSET IN THIS YEAR’S LOUISIANA PREMIER NIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP

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Grand Luwegee wins the $150,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship Stakes at Delta Downs, Saturday, February 9th. Coady Photography

– JOCKEY DIEGO SAENZ TALLIES FOUR STAKES WINS ON RICH NIGHT OF RACING –

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted its richest program of the season on Saturday night with another edition of Louisiana Premier Night. The 12-race card featured 10 stakes races for Louisiana-bred horses and nearly $1 million in total purse money up for grabs.

 

The featured event of the night was the $150,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship for older horses competing at 1-1/16 miles. The race was won by Grand Luwegee with jockey Diego Saenz in the saddle for owner, breeder and trainer Gerard Perron. The win was the third of four victories on the night for Saenz.

 

After the race, Perron praised Saenz for a special talent he used to help Grand Luwegee get to the winner’s circle following his first stakes win.

 

“Diego’s got the hands that this horse needs,” Perron stated. “He’s proven it each time he’s ridden him.”

 

Perron also explained how Grand Luwegee got his unique name.

 

“I let my grandsons name my horses and Bryce, who is six, came up with the name.”

 

Grand Luwegee’s win came with a front-running, rail skimming trip after he broke alertly from the inside post position in a field of 10. The 4-year-old carved our fractional times of 23.91 seconds for the opening quarter-mile, 48.33 for the half, and 1:13.30 for three-quarters. At the top of the lane he owned a three-length lead before turning back a late challenge by Givemeaminit and won by a neck on the finish line. Mageez finished another 3 ¾-lengths behind in third.

 

The final time for the Championship was 1:45.80 over a fast track.

 

Grand Luwegee has now won five of 13 career starts and his $90,000 paycheck on Saturday raised his overall bankroll to $235,360.

 

Bred in Louisiana, Grand Luwegee is a dark bay or brown colt by El Corredor, out of the Gold Fever mare Magical Mia.

 

Sent to the gate at odds of 11-1, Grand Luwegee paid $24.20 to win, $10 to place and $6.40 to show. Givemeaminit returned $4 to place and $3 to show. Mageez was worth $7.20 to show.

 

In other action on Louisiana Premier Night it was Hyper Piper winning the $125,000 Distaff under jockey Tim Thornton. The grey 6-year-old is trained by Sam B. David, Jr. and is owned by Earl J. Hernandez, Keith Hernandez and John Duvieilh.

 

This year’s $100,000 Sprint was taken by Wonder Run, who was guided to victory by jockey Diego Saenz, Wonder Run is a 6-year-old gelding who is trained by Steven Flint and is owned by Whispering Oak Farm, LLC.

 

James McIngvale’s 3-year-old Goodprofit proved best in this year’s $100,000 Starlet while being ridden by Gerard Melancon. The 3-year-old bay runner is trained by Chris Richard.

 

A strong rally in the stretch got Shang to the winner’s circle in the $100,000 Prince with jockey Diego Saenz aboard. Shang is owned by Corinne and William Heiligbrodt and is conditioned by Hall of Fame trainer Steve Asmussen.

 

Ours to Run won her second straight $100,000 Matron this year as she turned in a strong performance under jockey Roberto Morales. The winner is owned by Colonel Thoroughbreds LLC and is trained by Larry Jones.

 

Galaxy Thirtysix gave Delta Downs leading trainer Karl Broberg a win on the program in the $60,000 Ladies Starter, as she drew clear in the lane under jockey Tim Thornton. Galaxy Thirtysix is owned by End Zone Athletics, Inc.

 

Jockey Kerwin Clark rode a masterful race in the $60,000 Gentlemen Starter to earn the victory aboard Just Stormin. The Allen Landry trainee is owned by Craig Drago.

 

In the $50,000 Bon Temps Starter it was Toomuch getting the victory with Diego Saenz in the saddle. Toomuch is owned by Darque Horse Racing, LLC and is trained by Eduardo Ramirez.

 

And finally, Hunker Down took the $50,000 Ragin Cajun Starter with jockey Adam Beschizza aboard for trainer Ron Faucheux, who owns the 6-year-old gelding in partnership with Ming Yan Ng.

 

Delta Downs will embark on its 18th week of live racing Wednesday night with a 10-race program that kicks off at 5:25 pm. The current season runs through March 9.

 

For more information about racing at Delta Downs visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also get information about through Facebook by visiting the page ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.

 

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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JUST STORMIN TENACIOUS WHILE TURNING BACK IMINDYCATBIRDSEAT IN THE B CONNECTED STAKES AT DELTA DOWNS

– JOCKEY KERWIN CLARK MASTERFUL ON THE LEAD WITH BAY GELDING –

 B Connected Stakes
Delta Downs, 12-29-18, 1 mile
Three Year Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Bred, $65,000

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Just Stormin Wins the B-Connected Stakes, December 29, 2018 at Delta Downs. Coady Photography.

JUST STORMIN
Freud–Crypto Cream
Breeder: Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson
Owner: Craig Drago
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: Kerwin D. Clark

2nd
Imindycatbirdseat
Redding Colliery–Stage Five Clinger
Breeder: Phyllis J. Hodges
Owner: Maggi Moss
Trainer: Thomas M. Amoss
Jockey: Gerard Melancon

3rd
Much Class
Midshipman–Asset Class
Breeder: H. Allen Poindexter, Ruth Poindexter, Veronica Hopkins & Robert Stubbs
Owner: Alejandrino Prieto
Trainer: Jose M. Camejo
Jockey: Luis Negron

 

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $65,000 B Connected Stakes on Saturday night and it was Craig Drago’s 6-year-old gelding Just Stormin who got the victory under jockey Kerwin Clark. The race was one-mile test restricted to Louisiana-bred horses who had never won a stakes race and the winner making his 46th career start.

After breaking alertly from post position eight in a field of 10, Just Stormin was sent directly to the lead by Clark and maintained that position throughout the race, setting fractional times of 23 seconds for the quarter-mile, 47.49 for the half and 1:12.81 for three-quarters. When Just Stormin turned for home his biggest challenger came calling in the form of Imindycatbirdseat under jockey Gerard Melancon.

In the final furlong Just Stormin, who is trained by Allen Landy, dug in gamely and held Imindycatbirdseat at bay while reporting home a length in front of his rival. Much Class, the 3-1 wagering favorite, finished another six lengths behind the top pair. Just Stormin covered the distance over a fast track in 1:39.78.

Overall, Just Stormin has won eight races during his career and his first-place prize of $39,000 on Saturday night raised bankroll to $246,355.

Bred in Louisiana by Tom Curtis and Wayne Simpson, Just Stormin is a 6-year-old bay gelding by Freud, out of the Cryptoclearance mare Crypto Cream.

Sent to the gate at odds of 8-1 on the tote board, Just Stormin paid $19.80 to win, $8.40 to place and $5 to show. Imindycatbirdseat returned $6 to place and $3.80 to show. Much Class paid $3.20 to show.

Delta Downs will begin its 12th week of racing next Wednesday through Saturday. There will be a special daytime program on Thursday, January 3rd. First post time that day is scheduled for 12:25 pm while the regular post time of 5:25 pm will be in effect the other three race days of the week.

For more information about racing at Delta Downs visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracing.com. Fans can also get information about through Facebook by visiting the page ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.

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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