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                                Live Oak Stakes
by Tracy Gantz
Adisqualification in the May 31 Virgil Bond Stakes gave Heza Dash Faster his first stakes victory when Louisiana Dressblues was cited for interference. Heza Dash Faster proved his worth in his next start, however, with a definitive victory in the $50,000 Live Oak Stakes on July 6, as Louisiana Dressblues finished fourth. Heza Dash Faster has now won three races at 870 yards, all at Delta Downs.
In the Live Oak, Heza Dash Faster broke in midpack. Jockey Luis Vivanco saved ground along the rail down the backstretch and around the turn. Vivanco then angled Heza Dash Faster outside of pacesetter Jessi Jam to take the lead and win by 3/4-lengths in :46.436.
Faviola Gonzalez trains Heza Dash Faster
for owner Jose Carlos Hernandez. Easy Acres Performance Horses bred Heza Dash Faster out of the winning Thoroughbred mare My Elle Prada. She has produced five winners from six starters, includ- ing two Thoroughbred winners. Heza Dash Faster is her first stakes winner.
Jessi Jam (Jet Black Patriot-Royal Rio Miss) ran second under jockey Donald Watson for owner Mo Racing and trainer Kenneth Roberts Sr. The 3-year- old filly was coming off two consecutive victories at Delta Downs.
James and Teresa Vance’s Dwaynes First Perry (First Prize Perry-Vals Sky High) finished third, with James Vance also the trainer. Everardo Rodriguez rode the 7-year-old gelding, who was making only his second attempt in stakes company.
Completing the field were Louisiana Dressblues (Jess Louisiana Blue-Charlomaine TB), JW Who Dat (Agouti-EW Comment), Mr Desert Streak (First Down Mr Jess-Miss Desert Streak), Rakin
In The Jax (Rakin In The Cash-Alcohol And Ambience) and Zoomins Jewel (Zoomin For Bux- Supers First Jewel).
Flying Breed Stakes
by John Moorehouse
The Cazador sprinted to his second career stakes victory, prevailing by a head in the $50,000 Flying Breed Stakes at Delta Downs on July 6.
Breaking from the 5-gate under jockey John Hamilton, The Cazador made a strong rally over the course of the 220 yards and was 1/2-length behind JLS Tee Cos Jr going into the stretch. The colt maintained his strong pace, overtaking his rival and hitting the wire first by a head to notch his second straight victory.
Rayne Knight’s 4-year-old colt already had black type, winning last year’s version of the Mardi Gras Derby at Louisiana Downs. The Cazador logged his sixth win in 15 total starts—all of which have come in his home state of Louisiana. Knight banked a $30,000 payday for this win, boosting The Cazador’s total earnings to $142,625.
Michael Zingelmann trains The Cazador, who finished the race in :11.748 to tally a 102 speed index. Knight bred The Cazador out of winner Told
Ya. She has produced 100% money earners from five
starters, including stakes finalist Zihuatanejo. The Cazador is her first stakes winner.
JLS Tee Cos Jr (Tee Cos-Fastgirlshavemorefun) finished second for Pina-Garcia Ranch and Gonzalez Racing. The Wendy Garcia trainee had Modesto Pina in the irons. Packin A Punch (Toast To Dash-El Streaker) surprised in third place under Eddi Martinez for owner TG Horse Racing, LLC and trainer Luis Martinez.
Heza Magic Coronas (Coronas Leaving You-Dee Magic Patriot) was fourth and was followed by
Little Toy Guns (First Prize Doc-Strikeabye Baby), Heasablackmagic (Jet Black Patriot-Toast Of Magic), Gunna Be Alright (Heza Fast Dash-JJ Streakin Illusion), Fit For First (Heza Fast Dash-Fit To Celebrate) and Gunsmoke B (American Runaway- Dashing Pana). Di Maria scratched.
Miss Polly Classic Stakes-G3
by Michael Compton
Patrick Richardson’s consistent and accomplished Stone Cold Leader continued to showcase his top form with another strong performance to win
the $50,000 Miss Polly Classic Stakes-G3 at Delta Downs July 5.
The 4-year-old gelding raced in fourth posi-
tion early in the 400-yard test. With regular rider Rolando Pina in the irons, Stone Cold Leader rallied strongly through the lane to collar race favorite Eye N Capo near the wire to post a neck victory. He stopped the timer in :19.654, earning a 93 speed index. Nason Eschete trains the gelding.
Victorious in the Delta 550 Stakes at Delta Downs on May 4, Stone Cold Leader added $30,000 to his coffers with his latest tally, bringing his bank- roll to $490,333. His record stands at 22-12(7)-5(2)- 3(2). In his prior outing, he finished second, beaten just a neck in the 440-yard Sam Houston Classic Stakes-G2.
Mark Michel bred Stone Cold Leader out of 3-time winner Sheza Classy Leader, who finished third in the 2008 Indiana Breeders Juvenile. She has produced 100% money earners from six starters, including Speed Sale Stakes runner-up Sheza Classy Bay. Stone Cold Leader is her first stakes winner.
Runner-up Eye N Capo (Capo De Capi- Satisfeyen) led most of the way and was tagged late by the winner to be denied his fourth consecutive victory. Jesse Levario piloted the 5-year-old gelding for owner Ruben Garcia Montemayor and trainer Josue Ponce.
In a game effort, Vallerro (Valiant Hero-Perrys Queen Bug) finished third with Heriberto Aguilar- Orozco aboard for owner Cepeda Ascencion and trainer Hector Alcala.
No Politics Here (Jess Louisiana Blue-In His Dreams) and Super Sonic Patriot (Jet Black Patriot- Totally Selfish TB) completed the order of finish. DM La Jolla and Fast N Famous Eagle were scratched.
            Delta Downs • $50,000 870 yards • :46.436 • si 90
Heza Fast Man
Heza Fast Dash
El Prado
My Elle Prada TB
   First Prize Dash
  River Empress
 Delta Downs • $50,000 220 yards • :11.748 • si 102
First Down Dash
Sir Runaway Dash
   THE CAZADOR, ‘15-c. Told Ya
Runaway Wave Toast To Dash Beduinos Dashingly
   Delta Downs • $50,000 400 yards • :19.654 • si 93
First Down Dash
Brookstone Bay
Le Ritz
Leader Of The Class
 Sheza Classy Leader
 Mystery Stride
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