News - Racing December  5, 2023

Blessher Sweet Heart Springs the Upset in the $40,000 Vinton Stakes at Delta Downs

Blessher Sweet Heart (#6) defeating Put Me N Coach (#4) and San Lorenzito (#2) in a blanket-finish to the $40,000 Vinton Stakes Saturday at Delta Downs.

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VINTON, LA – MAY 28, 2022 – With a late closing surge, Blessher Sweet Heart was up in time at 17-1 to win the $40,000 Vinton Stakes at Delta Downs on Saturday night.

Blessher Sweet Heart ($37.80) hit the wire in :20.057 and earned a 85 speed index in the 400-yard stake for 3-year-old Louisiana-breds.

Joel Huitron trains the Jet Black Patriot filly for owner Fausto Mendoza; Guadalupe Lucio Jr. was in the irons. Blessher Sweet Heart was bred by Stevie and Margo Romero, out of Reckless Fast Dash, by Heza Fast Dash.

Blessher Sweet Heart earned $24,000 in the victory, bringing her career earnings to $55,920.

The Vinton was not only her first stakes win, but also her first appearance in a stakes race. She is now three for ten lifetime with all three career victories at Delta.

The winning connections of Blessher Sweet Heart accept the Vinton Stakes trophy Saturday night at Delta Downs.
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Morning line and heavy post-time favorite Put Me N Coach finished second with the meet’s current leading rider, Everardo Rodriguez, aboard for trainer Ruben Chavez. Lorena Morales owns the Carters Cartel gelding, who was bred by Shortstop Racing, out of the multiple stakes placed mare Allizoom, by First Prize Perry.

As a 2-year-old, Put Me N Coach finished third in Mardi Gras Futurity (RG2) at Louisiana Downs and qualified to the Laddie Futurity at Delta last summer. In his most recent start, also at Delta, he was third in the Open Me a Corona Stakes (RG2). He has earned $81,732 and has finished in the money in eight of his ten starts.

Third place finisher San Lorenzito made his 3-year-old debut in the Vinton Stakes and is now stakes placed in his first career stake appearance. Rolando Cabrera rode the Jess Louisiana Blue gelding for trainer Jesus Marquez and owner Rogelio Marquez, Jr.

Spring Hill Farms LLC bred San Lorenzito out of the multiple stakes placed mare Shazee, by Shazoom. He has two career third place finishes in four starts and is still in search of his maiden-breaking score.

Completing the field were Gpf Lawman, Corona Blues, Quid Pro Quo and Tdz Royal Runaway.

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