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Vals Fortune Stakes, Firecracker Derby Trials Headline Friday Program at Delta

Multiple stakes winner Lightemupwithcharm will make his 5-year-old debut in Friday’s 400-yard, $60,000 Vals Fortune Stakes (RG2) for Louisiana-breds at Delta Downs.

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VINTON, LA—JUNE 4, 2019—Saul Dorado’s Lightemupwithcharm, a two-time stakes winner during the 2018 Delta Downs meet, will make his 5-year-old season debut in Friday’s 400-yard, $60,000 Vals Fortune Stakes (RG2) for Louisiana-breds at Delta Downs.

A gelded son of Sizzlin Cartel trained by Ebelyn Rojas, Lightemupwithcharm will be making his first official start since December 8, when he ran second, 2 3/4 lengths behind winner Zoomin For Grace, in the 440-yard, $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic Stakes (RG2) at Fair Grounds Racecourse in New Orleans. The gelding won last year’s Vals Fortune Stakes and 440-yard, $100,000 Louisiana Classic Stakes (RG2), both at Delta Downs.

Lightemupwithcharm drew post 10 and will be ridden by Antonio Alberto. His nine opponents include San Lorenzo Corona, a 5-year-old Coronas Leaving You stallion trained by Josue Ponce for owner Rogelio Marquez Jr. San Lorenzo Corona will be stretching out in distance off of his nose victory in the 350-yard, $50,000 Open Me A Corona Stakes (RG2) on May 10.

San Lorenzo Corona drew post 9 and will be ridden by Victor M. Urieta Jr.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:

  1. Ho Lotta Game (Jorge Linares), 15-1
  2. Fast Dashin Perry (Rolando Cabrera), 10-1
  3. DLJ Imma Be Famous (Luis Vivanco), 6-1
  4. Eye Am Sizzlin (Ricardo Hernandez Jr.), 12-1
  5. Featuring Fast Jess (Noe Castaneda), 9-2
  6. Tan Jet (Rolando Pina), 12-1
  7. WW Showtime (Everardo Rodriguez), 15-1
  8. JLS Dash N Fire (David Alvarez), 10-1
  9. San Lorenzo Corona (Victor M. Urieta Jr.), 7-2
  10. Lightemupwithcharm (Antonio Alberto), 3-1

Also on Friday, 29 sophomores have been entered in three 400-yard Firecracker Derby (G3) trials.

Blaine Beene’s Parti Wagon, a gelded son of Pyc Paint Your Wagon trained by Nason Eschete, drew post 9 and will be ridden by Rolando Pina in the third heat. Parti Wagon is coming off of a half-length victory as the 2-1 favorite in the 350-yard, $74,115 Old South Derby on May 10.

The 10 fastest qualifiers from Friday’s trials will meet in the July 3, $100,000-added Firecracker Derby final.

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