News - Racing October  24, 2021

Blood Money Wins The $346,842 Laddie Futurity At Delta Downs

Blood Money, under jockey Everardo Rodriguez, winning the $346,842 Louisiana Laddie Futurity (RG2) Saturday at Delta Downs.

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VINTON, LA—JUNE12, 2021—Delta Downs conducted the second richest day of American Quarter Horse racing at Delta Downs for its 2021 season on Saturday afternoon. The nine-race program featured the $346,842 Louisiana Laddie Futurity (RG2) and the $318,983 Louisiana Laddie Futurity (RG2).

The Laddie Futurity was won by Rojas Racing Stables, LLC’s Blood Money with jockey Everardo Rodriguez in the saddle for trainer Rosendo Valdez Jr.

The bay runner got away a step slow in the 330-yard test for 2-year-old Louisiana-bred colts and geldings before launching an eye-popping rally to win by a length over early leader Apollitical Tornado. Tdz Royal Runaway was along for third, another half-length behind the top pair.

The winning connections of Blood Money accept the Laddi Futurity stakes trophy at Delta Downs Saturday.
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Blood Money covered the distance of the Laddie in a time of 16.476 seconds while running over a fast track. The clocking equaled a speed index of 97.

Bred in Louisiana by Spring Hill Farms LLC, Blood Money is 2-year-old colt by leading third-crop sire Apollitical Blood, out of the Shazoom mare Zoom To The Money. He was purchased for $17,000 at the 2020 Louisiana Quarter Horse Breeders Association Yearling Sale.

Also by Apollitical Blood, Apollitical Tornado earned $58,963 for second. The $8,000 LQHBA Yearling Sale bargain races for owner Rubios Landscaping, LLC and is trained by Wendy Garcia. Jockey Luciano Duenez rode the sorrel gelding out of A Real Tornado by Streakin La Jolla. Apollitical Tornado suffered his first loss in four starts and has earned $77,133.

Third-place finisher Tdz Royal Runaway is a homebred son of multiple stakes sire Sir Runaway Dash owned-and-bred by Tony Doughtie. Kenneth Roberts, Sr. conditions the gray gelding from the Hadtobenuts mare Thequeenhasgonenuts. The winner of two of four starts was ridden by Bobby Ransom and boosted his earnings mark to $47,464 after pocketing $34,684 in the Laddie.

Sent off as the favorite at odds of 8-5, Blood Money paid $5.60 to win, $4 to place and $3 to show. Apollitical Tornado returned $19.20 to place and $9.20 to show. Rdz Royal Runaway was worth $6.20 to show.

Tf Jess Me, Jess Louisiana, Put Me N Coach, Magic Bux, Ultimo Alex and Guidrys Credit Card completed the field. Jrs One Sweet Gator was scratched.

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Delta Downs will begin its sixth week of American Quarter Horse racing on Monday with a 10-race card that kicks off at 3 pm. The featured as is the $50,000 Miss Polly Classic.

For more information about the season visit the track’s website at

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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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