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Lucky Dice Headlines Grade 2, $296,745 Firecracker Futurity

Two-time graded-placed Lucky Dice (#10) will be looking for his first stakes win in Tuesday’s $296,745 Firecracker Futurity (G2) at Delta Downs.d

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VINTON, LA—JULY 17, 2021—Lucky Dice, a multiple graded stakes placed son of One Sweet Jess racing for J & J Stone Co. Inc., is one of 10 2-year-olds entered back in Tuesday’s 350-yard, $296,745 Firecracker Futurity (G2) at Delta Downs.

A $13,000 purchase at last year’s Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City, Lucky Dice has earned $172,977 from four starts in Texas and Louisiana. The sorrel colt’s early season record includes a second-place finish in the 300-yard, $302,000 Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3) at Louisiana Downs in March, and a third-place run in the 330-yard, $732,000 Sam Houston Futurity (G2) on May 28.

Lucky Dice drew post 8 and will be ridden by J.R. Ramirez for trainer Roberto Madrigal.

Other contenders include Christopher A. Villatoro’s Mr Spud, a bay son of The Louisiana Cartel trained by Rosendo Valdez Jr. and a $7,200 buy at last year’s Heritage Place Yearling Sale. On June 1, the gelding ran second, a half of a length behind winner BP Fling In A Wagon, in the 330-yard, $96,000 Old South Futurity at Delta Downs.

Mr Spud drew the rail post and will be ridden by Everardo Rodriguez.

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

  1. Mr Spud (Everardo Rodriguez)
  2. Bigg Daddys Bac (David Alvarez)
  3. Koalition (Francisco Calderon)
  4. A Revenant Beau (Raul Ramirez Jr.)
  5. Sunkissed Jess (Nestor Duran)
  6. Just Call Me Jess (Eddie Sanchez)
  7. RC Relentless Grace (Victor M. Urieta Jr.)
  8. Lucky Dice (J.R. Ramirez)
  9. Lethal Code (Ali Rivera)
  10. Eyeonlouisianadash (Pedro C. Espinosa)

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