News - Preview October  24, 2021

Delta 550 Stakes Draws Eight Runners

Delta Downs will host the 25,000 Delta 550 Stakes on Monday's race card.

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VINTON, LA—MAY 19, 2021—Dirtwater Dash, a 3-year-old Sir Runaway Dash gelding, will put his three-race win streak on the line in Monday’s 550-yard, $25,000 Delta 550 Stakes at Delta Downs.

Trained by Rosendo Valdez Jr. for owner Rosendo Valdez, Dirtwater Dash has won two races -- both at the 300-yard distance -- since he was claimed by his current connections for $10,000 at Louisiana Downs on February 1. The gelding will be making his first start at the 550-yard trip on Monday.

Dirtwater Dash drew the rail post and will be ridden by Everardo Rodriguez.

Only one of the entries, Rojas Racing Stables LLC’s U R Jess Blue, has notched a win at the 550 distance. A 5-year-old son of champion Jess Louisiana Blue trained by Fructuoso Huitron, the sorrel gelding scored a wire-to-wire, 1 1/2-length victory in a 550-yard, non-winners of three/optional claiming ($15,000) race at Evangeline Downs on October 17.

U R Jess Blue drew post 5 and will be ridden by Bobby Ransom.

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

  1. Dirtwater Dash (Everardo Rodriguez)
  2. BJs Joyful Fantasy (Leonardo Rodriguez)
  3. TTT Kas I Shine (Luciano Duenez)
  4. Corona Louisiana Blu (Juan F. Garcia Jr.)
  5. U R Jess Blue (Bobby Ransom)
  6. Tailors Jess (Arturo Alvarez)
  7. Achievopiloto (Mario A. Trujillo Jr.)
  8. Maggies Runaway (Jose A. Rodriguez)

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