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Grade 2 Winner Mr Ease Cartel is Morning-Line Favorite in Delta Dash Stakes on Friday
Chad Hart and Neff Hogue Farm's Mr Ease Cartel will face a full field in Friday’s 250-yard, Delta Dash Stakes at Delta Downs.
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BY MICHAEL CUSORTELLI

VINTON, LA—APRIL 21, 2014—Mr Ease Cartel, a 4-year-old stallion by Corona Cartel racing for Chad Hart and Neff Hogue Farm LLC, is one of 10 sprinters entered in Friday’s 250-yard, $20,000 Delta Dash Stakes at Delta Downs.

The 5-2 morning-line choice, Mr Ease Cartel will be making his first start since August 17, when he ran fourth in a 440-yard All American Derby (G1) trial at Ruidoso Downs. The stallion earned $96,453 from five races last season, and his three wins included a nose victory as the third-fastest qualifier in the 400-yard, $206,000 El Primero del Ano Derby (G2) at Los Alamitos.

Heath Taylor trains Mr Ease Cartel. John Hamilton has been named to ride the stallion from post 4 in the Delta Dash.

Mr Ease Cartel’s nine opponents include Rene Amaro’s Katillac Man and Victor M. Silva’s Bux For Bricks. A graded stakes winning 5-year-old gelding by champion Country Chicks Man trained by Robert Meche, Katillac Man is coming off of a second-place finish to Toast To Patriot in the 250-yard, $15,000 Harrah’s Dash Stakes at Louisiana Downs on January 11.

Martin Rubalcava will ride Katillac Man from post 3 on Friday.

Trained by Fructuoso Huitron, Bux For Bricks most recently ran third, a neck behind winner Mi Angela, in the March 28, 330-yard Silestone Stakes (R) for Texas-bred distaffers at Sam Houston Race Park. The 3-year-old Zoomin For Bux filly also ran second in last year’s 350-yard, $442,000 TQHA Sale Futurity (RG1) at Retama Park.

Saul Ramirez Jr. has been named to ride Bux For Bricks.

The complete lineup for the Delta Dash Stakes, in post position order including jockey and weight assignments and morning-line odds—

  1. Sandra Sue Blue (Eddi Martinez, 124), 6-1
  2. JF Patriot Games (David Alvarez, 126), 10-1
  3. Katillac Man (Martin Rubalcava, 126), 7-2
  4. Mr Ease Cartel (John Hamilton, 126), 5-2
  5. Sheza Terminator (Jorge Linares, 126), 15-1
  6. Blaze Carver (Eddie Cox, 126), 12-1
  7. Bux For Bricks (Saul Ramirez Jr., 124), 9-2
  8. Ronnie James (Gilbert Ortiz, 126), 5-1
  9. Bobscatbaby (Raul Ramirez Jr., 126), 20-1
  10. BT Sheza Baby Spoon (Danny Lavergne, 126), 15-1.

All Delta Downs races can been seen at Q-RacingVideo.com.