News - Racing December  3, 2022

Shott Gun Fires Winning Effort In The Miss Polly Classic At Delta Down

Shott Gunn (#2), under jockey Gilbert Ortiz, defeating Hezaa Fast Boy (inside) in the $50,000 Miss Polly Classic Stakes (G2) on Saturday night at Delta Downs.

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VINTON, LA–JUNE 4 2022— Delta Downs hosted the $50,000 Miss Polly Classic Stakes (G2) on Saturday night as the track closed out its sixth week of American Quarter Horse racing for 2022.

The event was won by the accomplished gelding Shott Gun, who races for his owner and breeder Bobby D. Cox and trainer Heath Taylor.

Under jockey Gilbert Ortiz, Shott Gun broke well in field of eight but ran evenly with most of his rivals until mid-stretch, when he attempted to pull clear but was hounded by Hezaa Fast Boy. With 100 yards to go the pair ran shoulder to shoulder to the finish line where Shott Gun got a narrow decision by just a head. It was another length back to third-place finisher Jj Heza Fast Dash Jr.

Shott Gun covered 400 yards in the Miss Polly Classic in a time of 19.942 which equaled a speed index of 88. The race was run over a track listed as wet fast.

The win by Shott Gun was the seventh of his 14-race career. He took home $30,000 for the win and now boasts a sizable bankroll of $543,509. The majority of his earnings came as a 2-year-old when he won the $826,000 Heritage Place Futurity (G1).

The winning connections Shott Gun accept the Miss Polly Stakes Classic trophy belt buckle Saturday at Delta Downs.
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Bred in Texas, Shott Gun is a 4-year-old gray gelding by Valiant Hero, out of the Mr Eye Opener mare Eye Popping.

Runner-up Hezaa Fast Boy, a 5-year-old son of leading sire Heza Fast Dash, races for owner Rogelio Marquez, Jr. and is conditioned by Jesus Marquez. David Alvarez rode the bay gelding out of Brenda Beautiful by Feature Mr Jess. Hezaa Fast Boy earned $10,000 to increase his bankroll to $51,500.

Third-place finisher Jj Heza Fast Dash Jr., also by Heza Fast Dash, earned $5,500 for the effort. Jose Carrizales trains the 4-yaer-old for owner-breeder J and J Stables, LLC. Ubaldo Luna rode the graded stakes winner of over $81,000.

Quorumm, Swamp Eagle, Corona Louisiana Blu, Denalia Sweet Jess and Hennessy Xo Tlc completed the field. Jm Friday was scratched.

Sent to the gate as the wagering favorite, Shott Gun returned $4.80 to win, $3.40 to place and $2.40 to show. Hezaa Fast Boy was worth $6.20 to place and $4 to show. Jj Heza Fast Dash Jr. paid $3.20 to show.

Delta Downs will race live again next Wednesday through Saturday. First post time each evening will be at 6:15 pm. Next week’s only stakes race will take place on Saturday. It’s the $25,000 Virgil Bond going 870 yards.

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

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About Delta Downs
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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