News - Racing October  24, 2021

Desirio Dominates Firecracker Futurity Trials

Sr Shambles, under jockey Damian Martinez, setting the fastest qualifying time for the Grade 2 $274,325 Firecracker Futurity at Delta Downs.

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VINTON, LA—JUNE 10, 2017—Champion sire Desirio sired three trial winners including the fastest qualifier for the Grade 2 Firecracker Futurity Saturday night at Delta Downs.

The 10 fastest qualifiers, from 59 juveniles who participated in six trials races, will return to Delta Downs on Saturday, July 1st to vie for the winner's share of a $274,325 purse going 350 yards.

Sr Shambles rallied under jockey Damian Martinez to win the third trial and post the fastest qualifying time of :17.592 seconds, a 91-speed index. It was the second win in five starts for the Oklahoma-bred son of Desirio from the Azoom mare Parisz.

Trainer Vann Haywood conditions the 2-year-old for owner Cynthia Allen. Jovetta Meredith is the breeder. The bay gelding broke his maiden in his second start at Louisiana Downs last March.

Desirio also sired 7th fastest qualifier Capitan Jimbob, runner-up in the Harrah's Entertainment Futurity(G3) and Old South Futurity; and 8th qualifier Desire Astoli, who picked up her third win in four starts for trainer Kenneth Roberts, Sr.

Bobby D. Cox's homebred Emnent handed Old South Futurity winner Dont Temp Me his first career loss in the fifth trial (race 7). The son of Dominyun, who was fourth in the Harrah's Entertainment Futurity(G3) and fifth in the Old South Futurity last month, is also trained by Roberts.

Donald Watson rode the gelding to the second fastest qualifying time of :17.626 seconds, a 90-speed index. This was the Emnent's second win in five starts. He has earned $27,036.

Dont Temp Me rallied from the outside to just miss the win but he held on for the third fastest time of :17.658 seconds, also a 90-speed index. Alfonso Lujan was aboard the Texas homebred for owners Rigo and Sally Flores.

Rodolfo Sanchez conditions the son of Tempting Dash from the Mr Jess Perry mare Fast Prize Rose. Winner of the Old South Futurity in his last start, Dont Temp Me has earned $44,715 in three starts this season.

Kenneth Roberts and trainer Jose Sanchez each saddled two qualifiers to the Grade 2 futurity.

For a complete list of Firecracker Futurity finalists, their times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys CLICK HERE.

For more information about the upcoming season visit the track’s website at or on the Facebook page, ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.

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