Saints N Muskets Wins Magnolia Stakes

Magnolia Stakes
Delta Downs, 1-12-21, 8 furlongs
4YO & Up, Accredited Louisiana bred, fillies and mares, $75,000

Saints N Muskets wins the 2021 Magnolia Stakes at Delta Downs

SAINTS N MUSKETS
Musket Man–Laughing Saint
Breeder: J. E. Jumonville Jr. & Bunny Jumonville
Owner: Rodney J. Verret
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: Joe Stokes

2nd
Sarah’s Passion
Songandaprayer–My Holy Belle
Breeder: Perform Stables Inc.
Owner: Perform Stables, Inc.
Trainer: Allen Landry
Jockey: Joel Dominguez

3rd
Smok’n Rita
Misremembered–Wicked Rita
Breeder: Linda Guidry
Owner: Linda Guidry
Trainer: Connie Mack Guidry
Jockey: Kevin J. Smith

Australasia Takes Louisiana Jewel S.

Louisiana Jewel Stakes
Delta Downs, 1-12-21, 7.5 furlongs
3YO Accredited Louisiana Bred Fillies, $75,000

Australasia captures the 2021 Louisiana Jewel at Delta Downs
Australasia captures the 2021 Louisiana Jewel at Delta Downs

AUSTRALASIA
Sky Kingdom–Ayala Strand
Breeder: J. Adcock & Hume Wornall
Owner: Jean Etienne Dubois
Trainer: Brad H. Cox
Jockey: Diego Saenz

2nd
Inawic
Wicked Strong–Inaword
Breeder: Gulf Haven Farm, LLC
Owner: Gulf Haven Farms
Trainer: Ronnie P. Ward
Jockey: Joel Dominguez

3rd
Tecate Time
Karakontie (JPN)–Urge to Splurge
Breeder: Carrol J. Castille
Owner: Whispering Oaks Farm LLC
Trainer: Steven B. Flint
Jockey: Gerard Melancon

SAINTS N MUSKETS WINS SECOND STAKES RACE OF THE SEASON IN THE MAGNOLIA

VINTON, LA. – In the second of a pair of stakes races hosted byDelta Downs on Tuesday afternoon, Rodney J. Verret’s Saints N Muskets took the $75,000 Magnolia, her second stakes win of the season.

Saints N Muskets wins the 2021 Magnolia Stakes at Delta Downs

The Magnolia Stakes featured a dramatic finish as the Allen Landry trainee Saints N Muskets wore down pacesetter Sarah’s Passion to score a narrow win under jockey Joe Stokes. It was her second stakes score of the season as she also won the Lookout Stakes on November 25.

After breaking from post position five in a field of six, Saints N Muskets stalked the early pace set by Sarah’s Passion, who covered the quarter mile in 23.68 seconds, the half in 48.84 and three quarters in 1:27.66. Sarah’s Passion lead by three lengths in the upper-stretch but could not hold off Saints N Muskets, who’s momentum carried her to the win by just a neck. Smok’n Rita rallied to grab third, another 4-3/4 lengths behind the runner-up.

Saints N Muskets covered the one-mile distance of the Magnolia in a time of 1:41.80.

Saints N Muskets has now won five of 16 career races. Her $45,000 paycheck on Tuesday raised to career bankroll to $181,365.

Bred in Louisiana by J. E. Jumonville, Jr. & Bunny Jumonville, Saints N Muskets is a 6-year-old dark bay or brown mare by Musket Man, out of the Vindication mare Laughing Saint.

Sent off at odds of 2-1, Saints N Muskets paid $6.60 to win, $3.80 to place and $2.80 to show. Sarah’s Passion returned $7 to place and $4 to show. Smoke’n Rita was worth $5.40 to show.

Delta Downs will continue racing on Wednesday afternoon with another nine-race program that is scheduled to begin at 12:55 pm.

 

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

 

AUSTRALASIA CRUISES TO EASY WIN IN THE LOUISIANA JEWEL AT DELTA DOWNS

VINTON, LA. – In the first of two stakes hosted by Delta Downs  Tuesday afternoon, Jean Etinne Dubois’s Australasia won the $75,000 Louisiana Jewel.

 

Austrailasia captures the 2021 Louisiana Jewel at Delta Downs
Australasia captures the 2021 Louisiana Jewel at Delta Downs

 

The win by Australasia came in smashing style as the Brad Cox trainee pressed the early pace set by Taylor Avenue and others before taking off in the lane under jockey Diego Saenz and winning by a widening six lengths.

The pace of the race was solid as Taylor Avenue, Inawic and Non Binding all vied for the early lead while covering the opening quarter mile in 23.49 seconds and the half in 48.52. As the field entered the second turn of the race, Australasia took command and never looked back, recording the easy win. Inawic stayed on for second while Tecate Time rallied for third, another 3 ¼-lengths behind the runner up.  

Australasia covered the 7-1/2 furlongs of the Louisiana Jewel in a time of 1:34.35 while racing over a fast track.

Now undefeated in two lifetime starts, Australasia has a bankroll of $73,200 after earning $45,000 for her effort in the first stakes race of her career. She broke her maiden at first asking on November 26 at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. 

Australasia is a 3-year-old dark bay or brown filly by Sky Kingdom, out of the Tiznow mare Ayala Strand. She was bred in Louisiana by J. Adcock & Hume Wornall. 

Sent to the gate as the odds-on favorite at odds of 2-5, Australasia paid $2.80 to win, $2.20 to place and $2.10 to show. Inawic was worth $10.20 to place and $7 to show. Tecate Time returned $3.60 to show.

 

STANDING PERFECT TAKES THE LOUISIANA LEGACY AT DELTA DOWNS

LOUISIANA-BRED WINS FIRST STAKES RACE OF HIS CAREER –

 

Standing Perfect wins the Louisiana Legacy Stakes at Delta Downs

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted a nine-race program on Monday that included the $75,000 Louisiana Legacy Stakes. The race was won by Respect The Valleys, LLC’s Standing Perfect, who used a front running trip under jockey Ashley Broussard to score the victory.

After breaking from post position four in a field of seven, Standing Perfect vied for the early lead with Morricone before coming away with a clear lead entering the first of two turns in the 7-1/2 furlong affair for 3-year-olds. The opening quarter mile was clicked off in 23.43 seconds. Racing up the backstretch, Standing Perfect kept Morricone at bay before the latter backed out and left a clear lead to the eventual winner, who had gone a half-mile in a time of 48.30 seconds.

Broussard stayed after Standing Perfect turning for home as a new set of challengers had emerged in the upper-stretch. But none of them had enough to get to the Lee Thomas trainee as he reported home three lengths in front of Wise Anchor, who finished second, and Drewhustle, who was third another 1-1/2 lengths behind the top pair. Standing Perfect covered the distance over a track listed ‘wet fast’ in a time of 1:35.65.

The win by Standing Perfect was the second of his career. He broke his maiden at first asking on September 16 while racing on the turf at Louisiana Downs before finishing second in stakes company at Fair Grounds. He earned $45,000 for his Legacy win and now has a bankroll of $78,500.

Standing Perfect is a 3-year-old colt by Half Ours, out of the Majesticperfection mare Stand by for News. The gray or roan runner was bred in the Bayou State by Roger C. Rashall.

Sent to the gate at odds of 6-5, Standing Perfect paid $4.60 to win, $3 to place and $2.40 to show. Wise Anchor was worth $5.80 to place and $3.40 to show. Drewhustle returned $4 to show.

Delta Downs will host live racing again on Tuesday with a nine-race card that includes the $75,000 Louisiana Jewel and the $75,000 Magnolia Stakes. First post time is set for 12:55 pm.

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

 

Chu Chu’s Legacy tries to stretch his speed in Louisiana Legacy Stakes

Mary Rampellini Jan 08, 2021

 

Chu Chu’s Legacy will be looking for the third stakes win of his young career Monday, when he makes his two-turn debut in the $75,000 Louisiana Legacy at Delta Downs.

The stakes, which is for 3-year-olds bred in Louisiana, will be run over 7 1/2 furlongs. It goes as the second race.

Delta had scheduled a stakes double for Monday, but the $75,000 Gold Cup did not fill, according to Chris Warren, director of racing for Boyd Gaming, the parent company of Delta and sister track Evangeline Downs.

 

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Jimmy Two Times Leaves Louisiana Futurity Favorite Behind in the Slop

Louisiana Futurity
Colt and Gelding Division
Fair Grounds, 12-31-20, 6 furlongs
2yo Accredited Louisiana Breds, $110,400

Jimmy Two Times with Colby Hernandez aboard win the 58th running of the Louisiana Futurity – Colts and Gelding Division over a sloppy Fair Grounds tack. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

JIMMY TWO TIMES
Half Ours–Sammy Van Ammy
Breeder: Larry Romero & Cradle Song Farm
Owner: Andrus J. Pellerin
Trainer: Keith G. Bourgeois
Jockey: Colby J. Hernandez

2nd
Swot Analysis
Anchor Down–Solo Buena
Breeder: Clear Creek Stud LLC
Owner: D. J. Stable LLC, Cash is King LLC and West Point Thoroughbreds
Trainer: Mark E. Casse
Jockey: Declan Carroll

3rd
Creole Charlie
My Pal Charlie–Cajun Yankee
Breeder: Horseplayers Racing LLC
Owner: Horseplayers Racing LLC
Trainer: Justin Jeansonne
Jockey: Adam Beschizza

Big Time Perfect 3 for 3 After Louisiana Futurity Win

Louisiana Futurity
Filly Division
Fair Grounds, 12-31-20, 6 furlongs
2yo Accredited Louisiana Bred Fillies, $113,100

Big Time (left) holds off Spirited Beauty (right) and Winning Romance (center) to capture the 54th running of the Louisiana Futurity – Filly Division at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Jan Brubaker

BIG TIME
Astrology–Kitty’s Got Class
Breeder: Tom Curtis & Wayne Simpson
Owner: Valene Farms, LLC
Trainer: Dallas Stewart
Jockey: Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.

2nd
Spirited Beauty
Star Guitar–Sunday’s Child
Breeder: Brittlyn, Inc.
Owner: Brittany Stable, Inc.
Trainer: Jose M. Camejo
Jockey: Marcelino Pedroza

3rd
Winning Romance
First Samurai–Lipstick Junky
Breeder: Allied Racing Stable, LLC
Owner: Allied Racing Stable, LLC
Trainer: W. Bret Calhoun
Jockey: James Graham

Big Time, Indeed

Fair Grounds Press Release

 

Big Time (left) holds off Spirited Beauty (right) and Winning Romance (center) to capture the 54th running of the Louisiana Futurity – Filly Division at Fair Grounds. Hodges Photography / Jan Brubaker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Undefeated Star Arrives in Time in Gals Division of LA Futurity

New Orleans (December 31, 2020) – As they say, in the end, it’s a line drive in the box score. Valene Farms LLC’s Big Time may have given her legion of backers some anxious moments off the far turn and in deep stretch, but under a relentless stretch drive, she reeled in Spirited Beauty and Winning Romance to win the $100,000 Louisiana Futurity for state-bred 2-year-old fillies by a half-length at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

Sent off at .60-1, Big Time broke towards the back of the field-of-seven under Brian Hernandez, Jr. and immediately found herself over 4 lengths behind loose leader Halfglamorous over a sloppy and sealed main track that catered to speed all day. Halfglamorous set solid fractions of 22.12 and 46.66 and led the field by 2 lengths off the far turn. That’s when the complexion began to change. Hernandez was able to sift Big Time outside midstretch and take dead aim on the trio of leaders. That group now included not only a tiring Halfglamorous, but 20.80-1 Spirited Beauty, who had surged to a short lead, and a rallying 3-1 Winning Romance. The quartet raced in tandem for a few strides but late in the game it was clear Big Time’s class was going to prevail under a measured and confident ride.

Hernandez Jr. got to know Big Time in the locally run Louisiana Lassie on December 12, when she eased home a 3 ½-length winner in the mud. While matters weren’t as easy this time around, he knew what he had beneath him.

“She had to work for it today,” Hernandez said. “That’s the thing, she wants to win. She guts it out. She didn’t have the perfect conditions. She kind of got buried a little bit early on, took quite a bit of kickback and she wasn’t sure about it, but when I tipped her out turning for home, she did the rest. She just enjoys her job.”

Big Time has proven plenty precocious in her first year of racing for trainer Dallas Stewart. The daughter of Astrology beat open MSW foes by a head on debut at Churchill Downs at 38-1 in June but was a much more known commodity in the Lassie, when she settled early, came through on the inside entering the far turn, and powered clear late. Big Time is now 3-for-3, with $160,564 in earnings, with a flair for the dramatic.

“None of it’s easy,” Stewart said. “She showed up, she ran hard in the mud, she’s 3-for-3 and she knows how to win. We will see where we go from here. Hopefully bigger and better things. Brian (jockey Hernandez Jr.) did a great job and I’m very thankful to train for a man like (owner) Murray Valene.”

Jimmy Two Times, Times Two in the Slop

Fair Grounds Press Release

 

Jimmy Two Times with Colby Hernandez aboard win the 58th running of the Louisiana Futurity – Colts and Gelding Division over a sloppy Fair Grounds tack. Hodges Photography / Lou Hodges, Jr.

 

 

 

 

Off-Track Lover Romps in Boys Division of the LA Futurity

New Orleans (December 31, 2020) – Reconfirming a now obvious love for a sloppy race track, Andrus J. Pellerin’s Jimmy Two Times made it 2-for-2 locally with a dominant 7 ½-length win over heavily favored Swot Analysis in Thursday’s $100,000 Louisiana Futurity for state-bred 2-year-olds at Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots.

After heavy rains rendered the main track sloppy in the matter of minutes just prior to first pot, it produced speedy times throughout the card. Sent off as 6.50-1 third choice in the Futurity for the boys, Jimmy Two Times broke running under Colby Hernandez. He dueled with Perfect Perigee through fractions of 21.83 and 45.84, while Swot Analysis, the .70-1 favorite, chased 4-wide from the outside. The top-2 continued to click along early, taking their battle to the far turn. Jimmy Two Times finally shook his pace rival in early stretch and then braced for a challenge from Swot Analysis that never came. Jimmy Two Times kicked clear mid-stretch and widened with ease nearing the line, completing the 6 furlongs in 1:12.35. Swot Analysis held second, some 2 ½ lengths over a rallying 8.90-1 Creole Charlie in third.

Jimmy Two Times, a gelded son of Half Ours, won on debut at Evangeline Downs in June but subsequently struggled in a pair of state-bred stakes, running fifth in the D.S. Shine Young in August and seventh in the Louisiana Cup Juvenile at Louisiana Downs in September. Trainer Keith Bourgeois regrouped and dropped Jimmy Two Times in class, running him in a state-bred N2L allowance here November 29. The track came up sloppy and the result was an easy 4 ½-length win. Jimmy Two Times used that victory as a springboard to his first stakes win and is now 3-for-5, with earnings of $111,240. And, needless to say, Bourgeois wasn’t complaining when the skies opened up about 45 minutes before the Futurity.

“I was hoping we’d get rain and when I looked at the forecast, I saw rain, and I was for sure very, very happy,” Bourgeois said. “He’s (Jimmy Tow Times) is getting better. In the Futurity (at Evangeline) he had a bad cold and it didn’t work out in the next two races and when we came back here, he sure ran a big race with Colby (jockey Hernandez).”

Swot Analysis was a hot favorite off a 9 ¾-length MSW win here November 27 for trainer Mark Casse but seemed to spin his wheels a bit over a track that catered to front runners. The son of Anchor Down, who was sixth on debut at Churchill Downs against open MSW foes in November, pressed and drew off in his local score, but he was further back than last time on Thursday and was put in chase mode early under Declan Carroll.

“We had a wide trip around there and he didn’t break as sharp as I’d like,” Carroll said. “He’s a lot better than that. The track is playing pretty quick and they are holding today.”