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Open Me A Corona Stakes, Old South Futurity Trials Headline Saturday Program at Delta Downs

Swamp Eagle drew post 8 in Saturday's 350-yard, $40,000 Open Me A Corona Stakes (R) at Delta Downs.

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VINTON, LA–APRIL 25, 2022–
A full field of 10 Louisiana-bred sprinters is entered in Saturday's 350-yard, $40,000 Open Me A Corona Stakes (R) at Delta Downs.

Fausto G. Mendoza's Swamp Eagle drew post 8 and will be ridden by Leonardo Rodriguez for trainer Joel Huitron. A 5-year-old son of Heza Fast Dash, the gelding will be stretching out in distance off of his second-place finish, a half of a length behind winner Johnny de Capo, in a 250-yard, $30,000 open-condition allowance dash at Louisiana Downs on April 6.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
  1. Politically Blue (Jose A. Rodriguez)
  2. Railroad Jimmy (J.R. Ramirez)
  3. Lett It Happen (Rolando Cabrera)
  4. Black Blood (Gilbert Ortiz)
  5. Put Me N Coach (Everardo Rodriguez)
  6. Quicksilver B (Ubaldo Luna)
  7. King Intriguing Blue (Guadalupe Lucio)
  8. Swamp Eagle (Leonardo Rodriguez)
  9. JRs Shiney Tee (Randy Edison)
  10. JJ Heza Fast Dash Jr (Ricardo Hernandez Jr.)

Also on Saturday, 55 juveniles are entered in seven 330-yard Old South Futurity trials.

Alamada Racing's Blood N Pepper, a sorrel son of Apollitical Blood trained by Josue Ponce, is coming off of a second-place finish, 1 1/4 lengths behind winner Bye Corona Bye, in the April 3, $217,000 West Texas Futurity (G2) at Sunland Park in New Mexico. A $26,500 purchase at last year's Texas QHA Yearling Sale, the colt has earned $44,445 from two outs.

Blood N Pepper drew the rail post and will be ridden by Victor Urieta Jr. in the second heat.

The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the May 21, $50,000-added Old South Futurity final.

All Delta Downs races can be seen at Q-Racing

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