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                                Delta Downs Louisiana Bred Derby-RG3
by Michael Compton
Eysa Jess Jumpn ran her current win streak to six with an authoritative score in the $308,863 Delta Downs Louisiana Bred
Derby-RG3 on July 6.
With her regular pilot Guadalupe Lucio
Jr. in the irons, Eysa Jess Jumpn broke out
at the start of the 400-yard fixture but that didn’t stop the odds-on favorite from assum- ing command early. She opened a 1/2-length lead on her rivals in the lane and drove to the finish well clear of her competition, defeat- ing 31-1 longshot Im For Real and jockey Pedro Espinosa by 1-length at the finish. Eysa Jess Jumpn, the fastest qualifier for the final, stopped the timer in :19.522, earning a 96 speed index. Josue Huitron trains the filly.
“This filly gets faster every time she runs,” said jockey Lucio to the press after the impres- sive win. “She may look small, but once she hits the track, she feels like the biggest horse out there.”
The three-year-old daughter of Heza Fast Dash added the $154,432 winner’s share
of the purse to her bankroll, increasing her earnings to $671,502 for owner Jose Estrada
Quarter Horses. The win, her sixth in a row dating back to 2018, improved her record to 13-10(5)-0-1. She captured last year’s Lee Berwick Futurity-RG1 and the Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile-G2, and
also annexed the Billy
Montgomery Stakes and the
Sam Houston Derby-G3
just two starts prior to this
one. Eysa Jess Jumpn also set
a 350-yard New Track Record at Louisiana Downs this year.
D & S Racing LLC bred Eysa Jess Jumpn in Louisiana out of winner Jess Jumpn, who was a finalist in the 2012 TQHA Sires’ Cup Futurity-G2. The mare has produced 100% money earners from four starters, three of which are winners.
Huitron also saddled the runner up, Im For Real (Whathaveigottado-Imnotplaying) for owner/breeder Dale Rogers. The graded stakes winner has finished first or second in
her last four starts, including an easy win as the odds-on favorite in her June 14 trial.
Trainer Josue Ponce sent out third-place finisher TDZ Louisiana Toast (Jess Louisiana Blue-Shes A Royal Toast), who was ridden
by Manuel Gutierrez for owner Juan Martinez. The winner of the Mardi Gras Derby-RG2, TDZ Louisiana Toast, the race’s third-fastest
qualifier, was seeking his fourth straight score. The brown gelding was bred in Louisiana by Tony Doughtie.
Barjaxs (Jess Louisiana Blue-Elealicious), On Point (Five Bar Cartel-La Jollan Queen), Guidry Pride II (Sir Runaway Dash-Guidrys Boodie Doo), Game Overtime (Fast Prize Jordan-Good Game Meg), Achievopiloto (Mr Piloto-Achieve The Splash), Corona Prize (Fast Prize Dash-Corona Baby) and Rogue One (Heza Fast Dash- Miss Jess Rogue) com- pleted the field.
  Delta Downs $308,863 • 400 yards :19.522 • si 96
Heza Fast Man
Heza Fast Dash
First Prize Dash
Mr Jess Perry
Jess Jumpn
Eyesa Jumpn
       Eysa Jess Jumpn and Guadalupe Lucio Jr. score a length victory in the $308,863 Delta Downs Louisiana Bred Derby-RG3
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