Delta Jackpot field taking shape
Delta Downs' richest and most important race of the year, the $1 million Delta Downs Jackpot, will take place this Saturday and many of the connections that will take part in the Grade 3 event for two-year-olds are making final travel arrangements to get to Vinton, Louisiana, for the 1 1/16-mile showdown.
Eleven horses are expected to pass through the entry box on Wednesday, but only 10 will be allowed to start. Listed below is the latest information from Delta Downs' racing office regarding the contenders.
Grade 1 Del Mar Futurity winner Drill is scheduled to fly from Southern California to Shreveport, Louisiana, on Wednesday morning along with Basmati and Longview Drive, who are also expected to start in the Delta Jackpot. The Bob Baffert trainee and his traveling companions will then van from Shreveport to Vinton, which should take approximately 3 1/2 hours.
Runner-up in the Grade 1 Norfolk Stakes two starts back, Drill will be looking to rebound from a disappointing 10th in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile. The Lawyer Ron colt owns a career line of 5-2-1-0.
Basmati exits an easy maiden tally at Santa Anita on October 28, but the Doug O'Neill-trained colt has stakes experience, finishing fourth in the Norfolk and fifth in the Del Mar Futurity.
Longview Drive will provide Hall of Fame trainer Jerry Hollendorfer with his first starter in the Delta Jackpot. The Pulpit colt exits a pair convincing stakes wins in the Charlie Palmer Futurity and Cavonnier Juvenile in Northern California.
My Adonis, winner of the $200,000 Jean Lafitte Stakes at Delta Downs, has been stabled in barn 6 since arriving prior to his October 22 triumph for trainer Kelly Breen. The son of Pleasantly Perfect has been galloping over the track each morning under exercise rider Walter Blum.
Dougs Buddy, undefeated star of Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alberta, arrived at Delta Downs two weeks ago and is stabled in the stakes barn for trainer Joan Petrowski. The Badge of Silver colt is four-for-four overall.
Jake Mo, who exits a fifth in the inaugural Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint at six furlongs, is expected to van from Remington Park in Oklahoma to Delta Downs on Thursday for trainer Allen Milligan.
Laurie's Rocket, an optional claiming winner at Churchill Downs on October 30, is expected to van from his home base at Fair Grounds in New Orleans either Friday or Saturday morning for trainer Dallas Stewart.
Sabercat, who has been based at Churchill Downs with Steve Asmsussen, is scheduled to arrive via van early Thursday morning. The son of Bluegrass Cat rolled to a six-length win in the October 2 Garden State Stakes at Monmouth Park in his last outing. Asmussen holds the record for most Delta Jackpot starters at six, but has never gotten to the winner's circle.
Jean Lafitte runner-up Tiz Moe will be vanned from his current home base of Fair Grounds in New Orleans on Saturday morning. The W. Bret Calhoun trainee will attempt to become the third horse to exit the Jean Lafitte and win the Jackpot after Mr. Jester did it in 2003 and Rule turned the trick in 2009.
Seven Lively Sins is expected to make his way from Churchill Downs to Fair Grounds sometime this week before arriving at Delta Downs' backside Saturday morning. Conditioned by Albert Stall Jr., the son of Stormy Atlantic will make the starting gate by virtue of his runner-up finish in the Grade 3 Iroquois Stakes at Churchill Downs on October 30.
No Spin, winner of the grassy Royal Glint Stakes at Hawthorne on October 29, has been stabled at Delta Downs for the past week. The Johannesburg colt is currently 11th on the possible list of starters and will need at least one defection to make the field.
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