News - Racing October  24, 2021

Dirtwater Dash Takes The Delta 550 Stakes At Delta Downs

Dirwater Dash, under jockey Everardo Rodriguez, winning the $33,900 Delta 550 Stakes at Delta Downs.

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VINTON, LA—MAY 24, 2021—Delta Downs kicked off its third week of American Quarter Horse racing on Monday and the 10-race program featured the only stakes event of the week, the $33,900 Delta 550.

The 550-yard test for 3-year-olds and up was won by Rosendo Valdez’s Dirtwater Dash with jockey Everardo Rodriguez in the saddle for trainer Rosendo Valdez, Jr.

Breaking from the inside post position in a field of seven, Dirtwater Dash battled for the lead with Maggies Runaway through the initial strides before gaining the upper hand late.

The gray runner eventually hit the finish line 1-¾ lengths in front of Maggies Runaway while stopping the clock in a time of 26.648 seconds over a fast track, which equaled a 107 speed index.

Corona Louisiana Blu finished third, another head behind the top pair.

The win by Dirtwater Dash marked his fourth tally in a row. He earned $21,000 for the effort and now boasts a lifetime bankroll of $44,339 during his 10-race career.

Bred in Louisiana by Michael Carlton, Dirtwater Dash is a 3-year-old gray gelding by Sir Runaway Dash, out of the Dashin Bye mare Dashin Kate Perry.

Maggies Runaway races for owner Jose Baron and is conditioned by trainer Manuel Macias. Jose Rodriguez had the riding call aboard the Sir Runway Dash filly from the First Down Jewel mare Ms Maggies First.

The $7,000 second-place payday boosted the filly's earnings total to $44,795.

Third-place finisher Corona Louisiana Blu earned $2,750 for owner-breeder Tom Hill Selman. Trey Ellis saddled the Jess Louisiana Blue gelding from the Corona Cartel mare Corona de Estrellas. Juan Garcia, Jr. rode the $36,716 earner.

Achievopilto, U R Jess Blue, Bjs Joyful Fantasy and Ttt Kas I Shine completed the field. Tailors Jess was scratched.

Sent to the gate at odds of 5-2, Dirtwater Dash paid $7.80 to win, $3.40 to place and $3.40 to show. Maggies Runaway paid $6.80 to place and $3.80 to show. Corona Louisiana Blu was worth $3.20 to show.

Delta Downs will continue its race week on Tuesday with another 10-race program that begins at 3 pm (CDT).

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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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