05/12/2011 2:29PM

Delta Downs: McM Cajun Accent look to build on record trial win


McM Cajun Accent’s dominant, track-record performance during the trials for the Grade 2, $232,510 Louisiana Laddie Quarter Horse Futurity at Delta Downs makes him the one to beat in Saturday night’s finale. The 330-yard race is one of three Louisiana-bred stakes on the program. Purses for the races total $517,752.

McM Cajun Accent won his trial in 16.39 seconds April 30, lowering the Delta mark of 16.51 set by Champs Moon Dancer on April 16, 2010. There were two other Laddie qualifiers that dipped below Champs Moon Dancer’s standard, with The Notrodamas and Coors Select running one-two in their trial with respective times of 16.40 and 16.45.

McM Cajun Accent was dominant, however, winning by 1 1/4 lengths under leading rider J.R. Ramirez. The chief threat could be Toast to Patriot, winner of the Grade 2 Mardi Gras Futurity at Louisiana Downs in March.

The stakes action begins in the seventh, with the Grade 2, $225,242 Louisiana Lassie. Logans Dash was the fastest qualifier when she won her maiden in the 330-yard trials, in 16.68 seconds. Shez Bigtime Fast, who just missed to Toast to Patriot in the Mardi Gras, is the probable Lassie favorite.

Zupers Quick Dash should start as a solid choice in the $60,000 Delta 550 Championship.