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VINTON, LA—JULY 3, 2020—Lifeinthefastlanes dueled early but was way the best late when she defeated Swamp Eagle by three-quarters to get her first career stakes win in the $50,000 Vinton Stakes Friday night at Delta Downs.
Under jockey David Alvarez, Lifeinthefastlanes completed the 400 yards in :19.301 seconds over a "sloppy sealed" racing surface to register a 104 speed index. It was the second consecutive win this season and fourth win in six starts for the daughter of multiple stake sire Jess Louisiana Blue. The $30,000 winners' purse boosted the brown filly's earnings mark to $118,393.
Racing for owners Jason Richards and Michael Leblanc, Lifeinthefastlanes is trained by leading trainer Kenneth L. Roberts, Sr. The filly was third in the Lassie Futurity(RG2) last season at Delta then finished a troubled 10th in the LQHBA Louisiana Million Futurity(RG1) in her last start at 2. Wade and Kay Loup Jr is the breeder.
Fausto G. Mendoza's Swamp Eagle is trained by Fructuoso Huitron. Ublado Luna rode the Heza Fast Dash gelding out of Gee Whit by One Famous Eagle. Bred by David Dunn, Swamp Eagle picked up $10,000 to bring his earnings total to $30,852.
Tdz Jet Black Down finished ¾'s back under jockey Noe Castaneda to earn $5,500. Also trained by Kenneth Roberts, the son of multiple stakes sire Jet Black Patriot races for owner-breeder Tony Doughtie. Last year's winner of the Laddie Futurity(RG2) has earned $219,783.
Lifeinthefastlanes paid $7.60 to win, $3.80 to place and $3.80 to show. Swamp Eagle returned $18.40 and $.11.80 and Tdz Jet Black Down paid $7.60 to show.
Completing the Vinton field were Runaway Second Down, One Fast Perry, Jess U R Blue, Jess A Fast Rogue, A Quick Jewel, No Freight and Strut For Petes Sake.
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.