MARIAH’S GALAXY PUTS TAKES $100,000 MAGNOLIA STAKES

THE VICTOR ARCENEAUX TRAINEE EARNS SECOND CAREER STAKES WIN 

Magnolia Stakes
Delta Downs, 10-11-19, One mile
Accredited Louisiana Bred, 3-year-olds and Upwards, Fillies and Mares, $100,000

Mariah's Galaxy - Magnolia Stakes - 10-11-19

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
Remember Daisy
Misremembered-Very Speightstown
Breeder: Al Ulwelling and Bill Ulwelling
Owner: Al and Bill Ulwelling
Trainer: Gary M. Scherer
Jockey: Timothy Thornton

3rd
Special Blessing
Flat Out-Langsyne
Breeder: J. Adcock
Owner: Coteau Grove Farms LLC
Trainer: W. Bret Calhoun
Jockey: Roberto Morales

  

VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted the first stakes race of its new Thoroughbred season on Friday night as Riley Blanchet and Todd Matte’s Mariah’s Galaxy stormed home in front to take the $100,000 Magnolia Stakes for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares under jockey Kevin Smith.

Mariah’s Galaxy, who is trained by Victor Arceneaux, also won the Lookout Stakes at Delta Downs last year and now boasts and overall record of eight wins from 23 career starts. The $60,000 paycheck on Friday night raised her career bankroll to $242,485.

Fleet Halo took the early lead in Friday’s one-mile headliner and carved our fractional times 23.67 seconds for the opening quarter-mile, 48.22 for the half and 1:13.08 for three quarters. But when she turned for home she was engulfed by Mariah’s Galaxy who had sat back in the field early before commencing a rally that put her in front at the top of the lane. Following Mariah’s Galaxy was race favorite Remember Daisey, who wound up four lengths behind the winner on the finish line. Special Blessing finished another 2-3/4 lengths behind the top pair in third.

The winner covered the distance in a time of 1:39.72 over a fast track.

Bred in Louisiana by Margie K. Averett, Mariah’s Galaxy is a 5-year-old mare by Greeley’s Galaxy, out of the Devil His Due mare Black Mariah.

Sent to the gate at odds of 15-1, Mariah’s Galaxy paid $32.60 to win, $9 to place and $4.40 to show. Remember Daisey returned $2.60 to place and $2.10 to show. Special Blessing was worth $3 to show.

Delta Downs will close out its opening week of racing on Saturday with another 10-race program that begins at 4:55 pm CST. Saturday’s featured race is the $100,000 Gold Cup for Louisiana-bred older horses competing at one mile.

 

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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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

 

MARIAH'S GALAXY - Lookout Stakes - 13th Running - 12-28-18 - R08 - DED-02
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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