'Firstdown' Scores in Firecracker Derby

Favorite comes through with a convincing victory at Delta Downs.

Press Release
July 6, 2014

Separatist Firstdown won Saturday night’s featured $138,000 Firecracker Derby at Delta Downs under jockey Jorge Linares. The victory marked Separatist Firstdown’s second stakes tally of the season. He also won the Old South Derby on May 16.

In the Firecracker Derby, Separatist Firstdown bobbled a bit at the start before surging to the lead in mid-stretch. At the finish line, the Isidro Flores trainee was 1 1/4 lengths clear of The Eagle Express, who finished second, while Daytona B was nosed out for the place and finished third. Separatist Firstdown covered 400 yards over a fast track in :19.434, which earned him a speed index of 98.

Separatist Firstdown has now won 11 of 16 career starts and three of six outs at Delta Downs. His exploits on Saturday placed another $69,000 into his bankroll, which now stands at $426,541.

Separatist Firstdown is a 3-year-old colt by Separatist out of the First Down Dash mare Shesa Firstdown Jess. Separatist Firstdown is owned by Oscar Canales Ramirez and Isidro Flores. He was bred in Texas by Narciso Flores.

Sent to the gate at odds of 3-5 on the tote board, Separatist Firstdown rewarded his backers with payoffs of $3.40 to win, $2.20 to place and $2.20 to show. The Eagle Express was worth $4.40 to place and $3.40 to show. Daytona B paid $5.40 to show.

Delta Downs will conduct its final week of American Quarter Horse racing for 2014 next Wednesday through Saturday. Post time each night is at 6:15 p.m. CT.

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