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Fear the Cowboy to start from rail in Evangeline Mile

By Mary Rampellini Fear the Cowboy drew the rail in a field of eight for the $100,000 Evangeline Mile on Saturday night. The race for 3-year-olds and up is the centerpiece of the meet at Evangeline Downs. Fear the Cowboy won the race a year ago and in March captured the Grade 3 Skip Away at Gulfstream. Jesus Rios has the mount for trainer Efren Loza Jr.   Read more on DRF Photo credits Coglianese Photos

Taco targets Prelude, then Super Derby

By Mary Rampellini Taco, who won the first four races of his career before finishing second in the Pasadena Stakes at Santa Anita in his most recent start March 19, has a long-range goal of the Super Derby, trainer Efren Loza Jr. said Saturday. Taco recently resumed training following a freshening and could make his first start back in the $60,000 Prelude on Aug. 5 at Louisiana Downs. The Prelude is the local prep for the $200,000 Super Derby onRead More

Taco Remains Undefeated

By Mary Rampellini Taco ($3.40) remained undefeated in four career starts when he pushed past pacesetter Tiz a Melody in the $50,000 Texas Heritage for 3-year-olds. Taco covered 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in 1:45.67. Jesus Rios was aboard for trainer Efren Loza Jr. Taco is a son of Gio Ponti and the Group 1-winning mare That’s Life. He races for Kathleen Amaya, Raffaele Centofanti, and Daniel Alonso. Taco was making his stakes debut Saturday. Partly Mocha ($3.60) wasRead More

Javiera tries to extend Loza’s hot hand in Take Charge Brandi

By Mary Rampellini The undefeated Javiera will have a hot trainer in her corner Friday night when she takes on Golden Mischief and Perfect Prediction in the $50,000 Take Charge Brandi at Delta Downs. Golden Mischief could go favored on the strength of her local win in the $100,000 My Trusty Cat in October. Perfect Prediction invades from Fair Grounds off a runner-up finish in an allowance Jan. 13. The Take Charge Brandi, named for the champion who won theRead More

Don Stevens talks about Efren Loza Jr.

“I have been extremely impressed with Efren Loza’s skills as a trainer since he started running horses at Delta Downs. His trainees are always extremely well prepared and ready to go on race day which leads to his tremendous statistics in terms of winning percentage and in-the-money rate. I look forward to calling many more winners trained by Mr. Loza and following his career for years to come!” Don Stevens (Delta Downs Racetrack Announcer)

Wildcat Wish romps in the Fremont Stakes

Rode by Luis “El Merenguero” Negron, Wildcat Wish (Wildcat Heir – Rahy’s Wish by Rahy) romps with a six lengths victory in the $70,000 Fremont Stakes at Delta Downs. The Sam’s Town Stakes winner took the lead at the top of the stretch and never looked back finishing with authority giving to Loza Racing their first Stakes victory on 2017. “Can’t be more proud of all my team.” Said Efren Loza Jr. “It took us a few tries to getRead More

Wildcat Wish – Sam’s Town Stakes $75,000 result

Wildcat Wish (Wildcat Heir in Rahy’s Wish by Rahy) took the 2016 edition of the $75,000 Sam’s Town Stakes at Delta Downs under the three times Eclipse Award winner Javier Castellano. Wildcat Wish owned by St. George Stable LLC crossed the finish line with just a head over Black Bear in a final time of 1:25.68 for the seven furlongs. The Sam’s Town Stakes represented the first Stakes victory for Wildcat Wish who ran his first fifteen races in SouthRead More

Good day for Loza Racing

Danny’s Turbo closed with a scary victory a great day for Loza Racing. Rode by Luis “El Merenguero” Negron, Danny’s Turbo took the field of the second race at Delta Downs wire-to-wire. With about fifty yards before the finish line Danny’s Turbo hit the inside rail but efficiently jockey Negron used the left hand and kept the son of Roman Ruler straight to complete the victory. Early in the afternoon Indianaughty won at Gulfstream Park West with Martin Ramos RamirezRead More