News - Racing October  26, 2021

Southern Temptation Scores Second Stakes Win This Season in Delta 550

Southern Temptation, under jockey Francisco Calderon, winning the $40,000 Delta 550 Stakes Friday night at Delta Downs.

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VINTON, LA—MAY 11, 2018—Under jockey Francisco Calderon, Southern Temptation snapped Gone Cartel's five-race win streak on Friday night to win the $25,000 Delta 550 Stakes at Delta Downs. Lds Jessasaltydog finished half-a-length back for third.

Conditioned by trainer Larry Kopycinski, 6-year-old Texas-bred Southern Temptation raced over the 550 yards in :26.893 seconds, a 103 speed index, win by half-a-length.

The son of champion sire Tempting Dash races for owner P and J Racing Ltd. and was bred by Karen Cummings. The sorrel gelding entered the race off a win in the Harris County Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park March 31.

Out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Passem Up Perry, Southern Temptation has compiled a (25) 5-7-5 record and used the $15,000 Delta 550 winner's payday to boost his bankroll to $106,286.

Coming off a light layoff, after winning the Mr Jess Perry Stakes(G3) at Louisiana Downs in February, Gone Cartel earned $8,000 for his runner-up effort. Vann Haywood saddled the 5-year-old son of multiple stakes winner Coronas Leaving You for owner Tommy Rhodes.

Chad Hart bred the graded winner in Louisiana from the Dashin Now mare Ms Big Dashin Now. Damian Martinez was aboard the $151,082 earner.

Ldn Jessasaltydog put in a solid bid, under jockey Everardo Rodriguez, to finish half-a-length back for third. Juan Carillo, Jr. trains the Im Delaw 6-year-old for Juan Antonio Carrillo, Sr. Bred by Lary D. Nixon from the Jess Louisiana Blue mare Jessa Blue Crystal, the gray gelding earned $4,400.

Super Sonic Patriot, Sixes Flash, Buds World, No Politics Here, Let Em Fly, Whosgonegirl and Agoutis Snowplow completed the field.

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