Track Record in Par-A-Dice

Louisianaschoolboy sets new Delta Downs mark for 300 yards.

July 5, 2013

Using an ultra-quick start and a determined finish, Louisianaschoolboy turned in a career best performance on Friday night at Delta Downs by winning the $20,000 Par-A-Dice Stakes under jockey Raul Ramirez Jr. The property of Wade L. Hall III covered 300 yards over a fast track in :14.978, which established a new track and stakes record. The clocking earned the winner a lofty speed index of 104.

The track record by Louisianaschoolboy was the second of the week at Delta Downs as Big Dashing Perry won Thursday night’s $265,775 Firecracker Futurity (G2) at 350 yards in a time of :17.082 (SI 105).

Louisianaschoolboy broke perfectly from post position five in the Par-A-Dice. He was clearly in command in mid-stretch before he felt a late charge coming from Buffalo Bayou to his outside. The pair ran nearly side-by-side through the final 100 yards before Louisianaschoolboy hit the finish line a neck in front to get the win. Champion’s Passage finished another half-length behind the top two in third.

The win by Louisianaschoolboy, who is trained by Willie J. Simien Jr., marked the fifth of his 16-race career, which has seen him earn $46,854 after depositing $12,000 for his exploits on Friday.

Louisianaschoolboy is a 4-year-old sorrel gelding by Alabama Schoolboy, out of the Sharp Reason mare Ettabos Reason. He was bred in Louisiana by his owner.

Overlooked by the wagering public at odds of 8-1 on the tote board, Louisianaschoolboy returned $18.60 to win, $7 to place and $7.40 to show. Buffalo Bayou paid $6.60 to place and $8.60 to show. Champions Passage was worth $6.60 to show.

Delta Downs wraps up its next-to-last week of American Quarter Horse racing on Saturday with an 11-race program that features the $139,885 Firecracker Derby for 3-year-olds going 400 yards. The live race card is scheduled to begin at 6:45 p.m.