News - Racing October  23, 2019

Gunsmoke B Sets New Track Record While Winning The Develop A Plan At Delta Downs


Gunsmoke B, under jockey Antonio Alberto, sets a new track record Saturday night in the Develop A Plan Stakes at Delta Downs.

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VINTON, LA—JUNE 1, 2019—Delta Downs hosted the $37,000 Develop A Plan Stakes (G3) on Saturday night and the race winner, Rogelio Marquez, Jr.’s Gunsmoke B, set a new track record for 300 yards of :14.779 seconds. The clocking equaled a huge speed index of 112 and was accomplished over a fast track.

Facing six opponents in the Develop A Plan, Gunsmoke B broke sharply in the race and vied for the early lead with Gunna Be Alright before putting his rival away with just over 100 yards to go. At the finish line, the Alex Solis trainee was ¾ of a length in front of Gunna Be Alright, who just held second over Vallerro by a head. The winner was ridden to victory by Antonio Alberto.

The win by Gunsmoke B was his second of the season, as he also snared a win in the Delta Downs Dash on opening night, April 19. Overall, Gunsmoke B has won six of 25 starts and has earned a total of $89,520 after cashing his $24,000 first place check on Saturday.

Bred in Louisiana by Bielau Oaks, Gunsmoke B is a gray 6-year-old gelding by champion American Runaway, out of the Toast to Dash mare Dashing Pana.

Kennth Roberts Sr. conditions runner-up Gunna Be Alright for owner Gladney 1 LLC. Jo Baya Foreman bred the Heza Fast Dash gelding in Louisiana from the Streakin La Jolla mare Jj Streakin Illusion. David Alvarez rode the graded stakes winner of more than $80,000.

Third-place finisher Vallero is a Colorado-bred son of Valiant Hero racing for owner Ascencion Cepeda. Hector Alcala conditions the 4-year-old gelding from the Mr Jess Perry mare Perrys Queen Bug. Ridden by Heriberto Aguilar-Orozco, Vallero earned $2,750 for the effort.

Sent to the gate at odds of 4-1, Gunsmoke B paid $10 to win, $5 to place and $3.40 to show. Gunna Be Alright paid $4.20 to place and $3 to show. Vallerro paid $6.80 to show.

Jess A Boy, Thecartelofmiracle and Heza Magic Coronas completed the field. Corona Down Perry, Di Maria and Ss Classyjess were scratched.

Delta Downs will embark on its eight week of live racing Wednesday night with another 10-race program that is set to begin at 6:15 pm CST.

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For more information about the new season visit the track's website at deltadownsracing.com.

Delta Downs Racetrack Casino and Hotel, a property of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE:BYD), features exciting casino action, live horse racing and fun dining experiences. Delta Downs is located in Vinton, Louisiana, on Delta Downs Drive. From Lake Charles, take Exit 7 and from Texas, take Exit 4.


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