MARIAH’S GALAXY SCORES FIRST STAKES WIN IN THE LOOKOUT AT DELTA DOWNS

– JOCKEY KEVIN SMITH RIDES THE WINNER AFTER DIEGO SAENZ INJURY –

Lookout Stakes
Delta Downs, 12-28-18, 1 mile
Three Year Olds and Upwards, Accredited Louisiana Bred Fillies or Mares, $65,000

 

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Mariah’s Galaxy is victorious in the 13th running of the Lookout Stakes at Delta Downs, December 28, 2018. Coady Photography.

MARIAH’S GALAXY
Greeley’s Galaxy–Black Mariah
Breeder: Margie K. Averett
Owner: Riley Blanchet and Todd Matte
Trainer: Victor Arceneaux
Jockey: Kevin J. Smith

2nd
Salty Martini
Quiet American–French Martini
Breeder: Becky Winemiller
Owner: Tyron Benoit
Trainer: Jose M. Camejo
Jockey: Roberto Morales

3rd
Tap Dance Star
Star Guitar–Dance by Em
Breeder: Virginia Lazenby
Owner: Virginia Lazenby Racing Stable LLC
Trainer: Oscar Modica
Jockey: Gerard Melancon

 

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the $65,000 Lookout Stakes on Friday night and it was Riley Blanchet and Todd Matte’s filly Mariah’s Galaxy who notched the first stakes score of her career. The winner was ridden by jockey Kevin Smith, who picked up the mount after scheduled rider Diego Saenz was injured while being unseated by one of his mounts earlier in the program.

Mariah’s Galaxy was reserved early in the one-mile Lookout as she sat in a ground-saving position behind pacesetter Fleet Halo, who set the fractional times of 24.06 seconds for the quarter-mile, 49.37 for the half, and 1:14.48 for three-quarters. When the field turned for home Smith got after his mount and she responded by running down the leader and drawing clear to win by 3-1/2 lengths over Salty Martini, who also finished well. Tap Dance Star wound up third, another length behind the runner-up.

Mariah’s Galaxy covered the distance over a fast track in a time of 1:41.40.

The win by Mariah’s Galaxy marked the sixth of her 19-race career. The winner’s prize of $39,000 raised her career bankroll to $148,130.

Mariah’s Galaxy is a 4-year-old filly by Greeley’s Galaxy, out of the Devil His Due mare Black Mariah. She was bred in Louisiana by Margie K. Averett.

Sent to the gate at odds of 9-5, Mariah’s Galaxy paid $5.60 to win, $4.20 to place and $3.40 to show. Salty Martini was worth $19.40 to place and $8.20 to show. Tap Dance Star paid $5 to show.

Delta Downs will close out its race week on Saturday night with another 10-race program and another stakes race. The featured event will be the $65,000 B Connected Stakes for 4-year-olds and upward competing at one mile. First post time is set for 5:25 pm.

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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HYPER PIPER CRUISES TO VICTORY IN THE LOOKOUT STAKES AT DELTA DOWNS

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Lookout Stakes
Delta Downs, 1-5-18, 1 Mile, $65,000
Accredited Louisiana Bred Fillies and Mares, 4YOs and Upwards

HYPER PIPER
Old Fashioned – Filaree by Saros (GB)
B-Earl Hernandez, Keith Hernandez & John Duvieilh
O- Earl Hernandez, Keith Hernandez & John Duvieilh
T- Sam B. David, Jr.
J – T. Thornton

2nd
Shea’s Lil Shug
Gigawatt-Pourjedajour
B- Shea Stakes
O- Dos Locos Tejanos Racing
T- Eduardo Ramirez
J- R Morales

3rd
Sweet Pea Mama Ve
Hard Spun – Miss Confusion
B- Earl Hernandez, Keith Hernandez, John Duvieilh & Bill Langford
O- Earl Hernandez, Keith Hernandez & John Duvieilh
T- Sam B. David, Jr.
J- D Saenz

 

– SAM B. DAVID, JR. TRAINEE GETS HER FIRST STAKES WIN AND THIRD WIN IN A ROW –

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted its first stakes of the new calendar year on Friday night and it was Hyper Piper who notched her third win in a row and her first in stakes company while taking the $65,000 Lookout Stakes for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares. The Sam B. David, Jr. trainee was ridden to victory by jockey Timothy Thornton.

After breaking sharply in the one-mile test for 4-year-olds and upward, Hyper Piper stalked the early pace set by Pera, who covered the opening quarter-mile in 23.65 seconds and the half-mile in 48.44. As the field of 10 entered the far turn Thornton asked his mount for her best run and she responded by opening up a three-length lead at the top of the homestretch. The 4-5 wagering favorite then proceeded to cruise home unchallenged and won the race by 2-1/2 lengths over Shea’s Lil Shug. Sweet Pea Mama Ve finished another half-length behind the top pair in third.

The win by Hyper Piper, who is owned by John Duvielh, Keith J. & Earl J. Hernandez, was her sixth overall from 12 career starts. She earned $39,000 for her effort which raised her bankroll to $166,110.

Hyper Piper is a gray or roan mare by Old Fashioned out of the Saros (GB) mare Filaree. She was bred in Louisiana by her owners.

The wagering public had the Lookout figured out as Hyper Piper paid $3.80 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.40 to show. Shea’s Lil Shug returned $5 to place and $3.60 to show, Sweet Pea Mama Ve was worth $4.80 to show.

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