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Firecracker Derby Trials Set for Monday at Delta Downs


Hes Innocent is one of 31 3-year-olds entered in Monday’s 400-yard Firecracker Derby (G3) trials at Delta Downs.

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BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI

VINTON, LA—JUNE 23, 2021—Thirty-one sophomores, headed by graded stakes winners Hes Innocent and Onemoreandiamgone V, are entered in Monday’s 400-yard Firecracker Derby (G3) trials at Delta Downs.

A son of Hes Relentless trained by Martin Trejo for owner Priscilla Rodriguez, Hes Innocent ended his 2-year-old season with a head victory in the 400-yard, $54,000 Texas Classic Juvenile Stakes at Lone Star Park on November 28.

The colt has won four of six starts and has earned $225,010, and his three wins in as many races at Delta Downs include a neck win in the 350-yard, $371,000 Firecracker Futurity (G2).

Hes Innocent drew post 2 and will be ridden by Everardo Rodriguez in the first of four trials.

Onemoreandiamgone V has banked $171,238 from six outs, and his four wins include a half-length victory in the 400-yard, $364,000 Dash For Cash Futurity (G2) at Lone Star Park on September 27. Angel Sanchez trains the son of Jess Lips for owner Jody Garcia.

Onemoreandiamgone V drew post 3 and will be ridden by Jose I. Martinez in the second heat.

Other prominent 3-year-olds entered in Monday’s Firecracker Derby trials include Jose J. Espinoza’s Fear The Dragon, a gelded son of Favorite Cartel trained by Erika Huitron. Fear The Dragon will be stretching out in distance off of his neck victory in the 350-yard, $333,000 Sam Houston Derby (G3) at Sam Houston Race Park on May 14.

Fear The Dragon drew post 4 and will be ridden by Manuel Gutierrez in the second trial.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the July 19, $100,000-added Firecracker Derby final.

All Delta Downs races can be seen at Q-RacingVideo.com.


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