By Don Stevens —-
Testing One Two; Coady Photography
SUMMER HOUSE ROLLS IN THE ELDORADO STAKES –
VINTON, LA. – Delta Downs hosted a pair of stakes races on Friday night headed by the $60,000 Take Charge Brandi, which was won impressively by Brittlyn Stable, Inc.’s Testing One Two under jockey Diego Saenz. The $50,000 Eldorado was annexed by M & M Racing’s Summer House with jockey Timothy Thornton in the saddle.
The Take Charge Brandi was a seven-furlong test for 3-year-old fillies and Testing One Two, who is trained by Victor Arceneaux, used a stalking style plus a strong finish in the stretch to win the event by a widening four lengths over Upset Brewing. Laudation finished another 1-1/2 lengths behind the top pair in third. The winner covered the distance over a fast track in 1:27.08.
The victory by Testing One Two marked her third win in a row and her second straight tally in stakes company. She also took the Louisiana Legacy at Delta Downs on November 17 by an astounding 16-1/2 lengths while making her stakes debut. Testing One Two earned $36,000 for her exploits in the Take Charge Brandi and now boasts a career bankroll of $150,135.
Bred in Louisiana by her owner, Testing One Two is a bay filly by Star Guitar, out of the Scat Daddy mare Yes Sir.
Sent to the gate as the 6-5 wagering favorite, Testing One Two paid $4.40 to win, $2.80 to place and $2.20 to show. Upset Brewing was worth $3.20 to place and $2.10 to show. Laudation returned $3.20 to show.
After pressing the pace early, Summer House stormed down the stretch in the Eldorado to score by 1-1/4 lengths over Lucky Lorretta. Giagiajoe wound up finishing third another 2-1/2 lengths behind the runner-up.
Summer House finished the five furlongs of the race in a time of 59.10 seconds.
Summer House was making her local debut in the Eldorado for trainer Robertino Diodoro and made off with her seventh win from 23 overall starts. The $30,000 winner’s prize increased her bankroll to $321,556.
Summer House is a 6-year-old bay mare by Tiznow, out of the Bernstein mare Mimi’s Bling. She was bred in Kentucky by WinStar Farm, LLC.
Like Testing One Two, Summer House was the fans’ favorite at the betting windows and returned $4.80 to win, $3.20 to place and $2.40 to show Lucky Lorretta paid $5.60 to place and $3.20 to show. Giagiajoe was worth $3.60 to show.
Delta Downs will close out its 13th week of live racing on Saturday night with an 11-race program that starts at 5:40 pm CT. The highlights of the card include the $60,000 Big Drama and the $50,000 Fremont Stakes.
For more information about racing at Delta Downs visit the track’s website at www.deltadownsracingcom. Fans can also get information about through Facebook by visiting the page ‘Delta Downs Racing’. The track’s Twitter handle is @deltaracing.
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.