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On Nyx Breaks Maiden In Grade 3 $302,010 Harrah's Entertainment Futurity


On Myx (#8) holds off Lucky Dice (#3) to win the Grade 3 $302,010 Harrah's Entertainment Futurity Saturday afternoon at Louisiana Downs.

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BOSSIER CITY, LA—APRIL 3, 2021—On Nyx, under jockey Victor Urieta, Jr., popped to a quick lead and held off Lucky Dice by a neck to break her maiden in the Grade 3 $302,010 Harrah's Entertainment Futurity Saturday at Louisiana Downs.

Conditioned by trainer Alonso Neri, On Nyx completed the 300 yards in :15.441 seconds, equaling a 97 speed index into a 3 mph headwind. It was the daughter of leading third-crop sire Kiss My Hocks' first win in two career starts. In the March 13th trials she was second to Coronadito to post the fifth fastest qualifying time.

"Honestly, with these 2-year-olds, they have to learn from their first start," said Neri. "After her trial, we took her back to the farm to make sure she was okay. Today, everything clicked and we are blessed to see this filly run such a great race."

Jennifer Sokol presents the winning connections of On Nyx the Harrah's Entertainment Futurity stakes trophy on Saturday at Louisiana Downs. .
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Racing for owner TYKHE Racing LLC, On Nyx is out of the Favorite Cartel mare Truly Favorite. Her third dam is All American Juvenile winner and champion producer A Delightful Legacy by First Down Dash.

This is the family of champion Inseperable. The $135,905 Harrah's winners' purse boosted her bank roll to $136,905.

According to Neri the filly could be pointed to the Grade 2 Sam Houston Futurity trails at Sam Houston Race Park in her next start.

Second fastest qualifier Lucky Dice ran back to his trial race to collect $51,342 for finishing second in the final. Joel Huitron trains the Kentucky-bred son of multiple stakes sire One Sweet Jess for owner J and J Stone Co., Inc. David Alvarez had the riding call aboard the $13,000 Heritage Place Yearling Sale graduate. Gentry Farms bred the sorrel colt from the First Down Dash mare Fodice.

Huitron also saddled third-place finisher El Gansito, a son of champion sire The Louisiana Cartel who finished 1-¼ lengths off the leaders to earn $30,201. Ali Rivera had the riding call for owner Arturo Equivel. Filimon Saucedo bred El Gansito in Texas from the Separatist mare Going Separate Ways.

Kosmos Spoetzl, Betterton, Coronadito, Running A Big Wave, Bombay Shaker and Fiery Passage completed the field. My Dynasty Kiss was scratched.

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About Louisiana Downs
Located near Shreveport in Bossier City, Louisiana, Louisiana Downs opened in 1974 and was purchased by Caesars Entertainment in December 2002. With annual Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing seasons, the track is committed to presenting the highest quality racing programs paired with its 150,000 square foot entertainment complex offering casino gambling, dining and plasma screen televisions for sports and simulcast racing.


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