7/03/2011..DELTA DOWNS,VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs closed out its 2011 American Quarter Horse season on Sunday night with a 10-race program billed as Louisiana Showcase Night. The evening featured seven stakes races for Louisiana-bred horses including the season’s richest race, the $458,180 Lee Berwick Memorial Futurity. The Lee Berwick was won by the Janet VanBebber trainee, Little Bit Trashy with jockey Juan Vasquez in the saddle.Little Bit Trashy is owned by Robert Latham.
..After breaking away from the starting gate in third position, Little Bit Trashy slowly gained on the leaders before making a final surge near the finish line that put him a neck in front of The Real Game, who finished second. Mr Silver Slew wound up another half-length behind in third.
..All the races on Louisiana Showcase Night were contested on a fast track, including the 350-yard Lee Berwick, which was clocked in stakes record time of 17.231 seconds. The time equaled a speed index of 104 for Little Bit Trashy. The victory by Little Bit Trashy marked the third straight of his four-race career. The winner’s paycheck of $229,090 raised his career bankroll up to $248,290. Ironically his first win came in a $10,000 claiming race at Delta Downs on May 20. Little Bit Trashy is a 2-year-old sorrel gelding by Game Patriot, out of the Streakin La Jolla mare Della Loom. He was bred in Louisiana by Wade, Jr. and Kay Loup. Sent off as the second choice in a field of 10 at odds of 6-1, Little Bit Trashy paid $14.60 to win, $6.20 to place, and $3 to show. The Real Game returned $11.80 to place and $8.20 to show. Mr Silver Slew was worth $6 to show.
..In other stakes activity on Sunday night, it was Somekinda Beau winning the $100,000 Louisiana Classic (R-Gr. I) with jockey Juan Vasquez in the saddle. Somekinda Beau is owned by Patrick A. Huckman and is trained by Janet VanBebber. The $60,000 Vinton Stakes (R-Gr. III) was won by Jess Like Alabama, who was ridden to victory by jockey Dale Beaty, who accepted the mount from trainer John Johnson. Jess Like Alabama is owned by Cody Johnson.
..The $60,000 Flashy Hemp Stakes was taken by Jess Big Time. The 3-year-old filly was ridden by J. R. Ramirez and is trained by Heath Taylor. Jess Big Time is owned by Terry Bell. The $60,000 Live Oak Stakes was won for the second consecutive year by Leading Patriot, who was guided to victory by Alfonso Lujan. Leading Patriot was saddled by trainer Danny Joe Eldridge and is owned David Lee Vance.
..The $60,000 Louisiana Juvenile was won by Coors Select with jockey Gilbert Ortiz up. Coors Select is owned by Polly A. Coleman and is conditioned by Janet VanBebber. Salty King Corona won the $40,000 Louisiana Starter Stakes with jockey J. R. Ramirez in the saddle. The win was Salty King Corona’s third straight and it was also the third time he set a track record this season. Salty King Corona is trained by Miguel Rodriguez and is owned by Ana Lilia Alvidrez.
..Delta Downs will begin its 2011-2012 Thoroughbred season on October 19. The 88-day stand will run through March 17. 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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