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Marfilous Returns in Delta’s Grade 2, $271,950 Firecracker Futurity

Marfilous drew post 6 for Saturday’s 350-yard, $271,950 Firecracker Futurity (G2) at Delta Downs.

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VINTON, LA—JUNE 27, 2016—Marfilous, a gray daughter of Ivory James owned and trained by Martin Trejo, drew post 6 for Saturday’s 350-yard, $271,950 Firecracker Futurity (G2) at Delta Downs.

The fastest qualifier, Marfilous is coming off of a three-quarter length victory as the 2-1 favorite in the first of six trials on June 11. Marfilous has won two of three starts and has earned $16,708, and she was a finalist in the March 23, $268,000 Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3) at Louisiana Downs.

Marfilous was acquired for $9,500 at last year’s Texas Quarter Horse Association Yearling Sale. The filly will be ridden by David Alvarez.

Sizzlin Stewart, a homebred Sizzlin Cartel gelding trained by Kenneth Roberts Sr. for owners Pat Crabtree and Don Stewart, drew the rail post and will be ridden by Gilbert Ortiz. The 10th-fastest qualifier, Sizzlin Stewart has banked $50,068 from three outs, and his two wins include a three-quarter length victory as the 3-2 favorite in the 330-yard, $89,000 Old South Futurity at Delta Downs on May 14.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments--

  1. Sizzlin Stewart (Gilbert Ortiz)
  2. Jess Cruzin The Mall (John Hamilton)
  3. Bluesville (Noe Villatoro)
  4. Dash For A Lil Cash (Joe Badilla Jr.)
  5. Roostersito (Antonio Alberto)
  6. Marfilous (David Alvarez)
  7. Carmel Diamond (Raul Ramirez Jr.)
  8. Jen And Vodka (J.R. Ramirez)
  9. Leaveafamousmemory (Alfonso Lujan)
  10. Platinum Fdd (Damian Martinez).

The Firecracker Futurity, and all Delta Downs races, can be seen at

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